The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah and the Women of Shir Chadash Synagogue will co-sponsor a special program about human trafficking, human rights violations and violence against women and children at 7 p.m. Thursday at the synagogue, 3737 W. Esplanade Ave., in Metairie.

Panelists include Loyola University faculty members Laura Murphy and Rae Taylor and Tulane University faculty member Tania Tetlow.

The program is free and open to the public.

Murphy is the organizer of the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group and is the director of African and African-American studies at Loyola. She is also the lead researcher for Loyola’s Modern Slavery Research Project.

Taylor’s research and teaching interests include intimate partner violence and other violent crimes; societal and organizational responses to violent crime; and social inequalities. Taylor has worked in the criminal justice system as a victim advocate, and she continues her training in victim services and crisis response.

Tetlow directed the Domestic Violence Clinic at Tulane University Law School from 2005-14. She is a former federal prosecutor.

The moderator will be Michelle Erenberg, Louisiana policy advocacy chairwoman for the National Council of Jewish Women. She founded the Louisiana Women’s Roundtable, a collaborative effort of organizations that aims to educate the community about issues that matter to women, children and families.

For more information, call Charisse Sands at (504) 231-6464.

Magnolia School festival

Magnolia School will hold its inaugural festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the school campus, 100 Central Ave., in Old Jefferson.

There will be music, food and arts and crafts. All proceeds will benefit the school, which provides programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For information, including vendor space and sponsorship information, call Mandi Wallis at (504) 731-1360 or email

West Bank transit changes

Jefferson Transit recently instituted operational changes for fixed-route service on the West Bank.

As of April 6, Jefferson Transit buses on the W1 Avondale route will be rerouted to provide service for passengers along Fourth Street in Westwego. Additionally, Jefferson Transit will reinstate service on the W6 Gretna local bus route, which was terminated following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

For information, call Jefferson Transit at (504) 818-1077 or visit

Youth Advisory Council

High school students interested in working side by side with Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and members of the Kenner City Council may apply for a position on the 2015-16 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

The Youth Council, formed in 2013, is open to students 14 to 19 who attend any high school in the greater New Orleans area. However, in order to be eligible for the council, all applicants must be residents of Kenner.

In the past two years, the members of the Youth Council have been asked for their opinion on several key issues at City Council meetings and have planned fundraisers to benefit the Veterans Park Playground as well as the Kenner Recreation Department in general.

“To be eligible for one of the 20 spots on the Youth Council, students must be willing to regularly attend meetings and be active participants in the group,” said Natalie Newton, Kenner deputy chief administrative officer. “Students also have a strong interest in civic participation and the process of working toward community solutions. Members of the Youth Council serve for a year and are allowed no more than three unexcused absences.”

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 24.

Applications must be postmarked by April 24 and are available at the city’s website, Those applying must include two reference letters and a parent consent form along with the application.

Applications also can be submitted via email to

Fundraisers planned

The Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., will host a series of monthly special events, with each event benefiting a different Jefferson Parish nonprofit organization.

Called “Locals Night,” all events are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the first one is planned for Thursday, April 16 to benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. On May 14, the event will benefit Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, and on June 11, the event is for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

All three events are open to the public, and each will include special entertainment, giveaways, a luxury “staycation” raffles and celebrity bartenders.

For information, call (504) 836-5253.

Drama planned at school

The Drama Club at St. Christopher School will present the play “Princess Whatsername” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 3900 Derbigny St., Metairie.

Tickets are $8 per person.

For information, call the school at (504) 833-5591.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. Contact her at or call (504) 430-8053.