The Different Streams of Jewish Immigration in New Orleans

I am very happy to share with you the two presentations I gave lately. They have been recorded during the International Jewish Genealogy Conference held from the 14th to 19 August 2011 in Washington.

1st presentation :

The Different Jewish Streams of Immigration in New Orleans New Orleans in a certain way is a melting pot, a combination of different things, especially when you talk to Jews who are originally from there, they may be the third the fourth and even the fifth generation. We can usually find French culture, Spanish culture, and Jews coming from Netherlands, West Indies, Germany, East Europe. New Orleans has attracted various waves of immigration up to now. It is due to its location in between the North and the South of America, its proximity to the West Indies. It was in the XIXth century a booming port, the second one after New York City. We will therefore talk of the Sephardim, the Western and the Eastern immigrants and of, the post Katrina immigration as I call it : new pioneers, about 2000 newcomers from everywhere, South America, Israel, South Africa, London, and North America filling up the loss of one third of the Jews and shaping a new Jewish New Orleans community. They form a significant part of the contemporary New Orleans Jewish population, and include the new Provost at Tulane, the new Dean of Tulane Law School, the new head of Hillel, new rabbis at 3 of the 5 synagogues and a president o f the Federation the renewal of the city is a sort of tikkun olam, repairing the world for more social justice.



2nd presentation :

French and German Jewish Immigrants along the Delta of the Mississippi: The Combination of Jewish and Southern Culture What is the history of the long presence of the French and German migrants along the Mississippi River? To understand it, it is useful to question the role of the languages, -French German and Yiddish-, the social and religious affiliations and the part played by the Masonic lodges in the process of assimilation. If French and German Jewish migrants have founded a number of towns in Louisiana, played an important part in the economic development of the State and if they were proud of their Americanization how were they were considered by the other members of the town, what was the process of their integration and what relation have they established with other minorities such as the African-American minority? Do they still speak French or German, cook French, maintain their names, keep a European style of living and are tied to their native country?