On the evening of March 22, more than 450 guests gathered to toast the success of New Orleans’s own Jewish Children’s Regional Service, or the JCRS at its “Jewish Roots of Broadway” event. Attendees listened to the dulcet sounds of the musical review selection from Gershwin to Godspell, focusing on the impact of Jewish composers and lyricists on American culture.
Notable numbers included “Swanee,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Tradition” and “King of Broadway.” Performed vocalists featured Chris Wecklein, Darcy Malone and Amy Alvarez, with a special appearance by WVUE’s Bruce Katz.

While the evening included hors d’oeuvres and a variety of libations, John Besh Restaurant Group catered the gourmet four-course dinner. The evening also honored the Tolmas and Scharff families for their dedication, leadership and generosity in support of JCRS’s mission to provide a financial safety net for vulnerable Jewish children and families with special needs, in addition to assistance, educational scholarships and Jewish summer camp experiences.

Formerly known as the Jewish Orphans’ Home, JCRS is the oldest Jewish children’s agency in the United States, dating back to 1855. In 2013, the organization served or funded more than 1,500 children in 178 communities across the seven-state area of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.


What:  “Jewish Roots of Broadway,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service
When:  Saturday, March 22
Where:   National WWII Museum Freedom Pavilion