The Jonah Group Outreach Community Development Inc., a new Metairie 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will conduct a five-week summer enrichment camp for elementary and middle school children.

To help fund the program, a multifamily garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nineveh Baptist Church, 1009 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie.

Items for sale will include clothes and shoes for women, plus-size fashions, clothes for babies and toddlers, household items, décor and small appliances.

The summer enrichment program includes classes in language arts, writing, basic math exercises and games. Campers also will participate in the Jefferson Parish Public Library’s summer reading program.

There also will be safety lessons on fire, hurricane preparedness, bullying and gun safety, all taught by area professionals.

And there will be guest speakers including government officials, businesses leaders and community volunteers.

Library Friends donate $100,000

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library has made a $100,000 donation to the Jefferson Parish Library system.

Peg Phelps, treasurer for the FOJPL, said the money was raised over the past year through the organization’s semi-annual big book sale and the group’s store located inside the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.

“The money will be used for various library projects,” Phelps said.

Chris deVillasana, president of the Friends of the Jefferson Public library, presented the check to library Director Marylyn Haddican.

First-graders learn Hebrew blessings

First-graders at Jewish Community Day School recently participated in a special ceremony when each student received their own siddur, or prayer book.

“Students have been learning Hebrew letters, vowels and prayers since enrolling in the school, some as early as prekindergarten,” said Lauren Ungar, marketing associate for the JCDS. “First-graders this year strengthened their Hebrew language skills in reading, writing and oral expression, beginning each day learning how to chant the prayers that comprise the morning blessings.”

With their families in attendance, Ungar said the students explained their understanding of individual prayers and what the prayers mean to them

During the ceremony, parents presented their children with a personalized siddur adorned with beautiful decorations and heartfelt blessings.

Rabbi Robert Loewy, of Congregation Gates of Prayer, himself a JCDS founding parent and board member, blessed the children during the ceremony.

Golf tournament planned

A golf tournament sponsored by the Crown Group Scholarship Foundation will be held Monday at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Drive, Kenner.

The shotgun start is at 8 a.m., and the cost is $200 per person or $750 for a foursome. The cost includes green fees, cart rental, a golf shirt and a ditty bag.

All proceeds benefit the foundation, which has provided scholarships to disadvantaged students since 1997.

For more information about the foundation or the golf tournament, call (504) 464-4644, ext. 245.

Regina Matrum recipient

Metairie resident June Prados has received the 2014 Regina Matrum Award from the Council of Catholic Schools Co-operative Club.

Prados, the mother of nine children, received the award at a special Mass at St. Angela Merici Church. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and was held on Mother’s Day.

The annual award is given in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to a woman who possesses the ideals of Catholic motherhood and family life.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.