Local Holocaust survivor Anne Levy addressed the students and faculty at Archbishop Chapelle High School along with area Jewish community leaders during the Metairie high school’s observance of Holocaust Remembrance Week, held April 13 to April 17.
Levy described her life story as a Jewish child in Poland during WWII, her family’s experience in the Warsaw ghetto, liberation by Russian and American troops, and the family’s eventual immigration to New Orleans.
“Mrs. Levy drew parallels between her family’s difficult and courageous journey and the hurried and emotional upheaval of Hurricane Katrina that Louisiana students experienced in their own lives,” said Rachel Fryer, communication director at Chapelle. After the morning assembly, Fryer said Levy, along with Rabbi Ethan Linden, of Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue, and Liba Kornfeld and Rachel Ruth, of the Metairie Jewish Community Center, enjoyed a kosher brunch with Chapelle Principal John Serio and student council members.
“Chapelle was incredibly honored to have had Anne Levy and friends at Shir Chadash Conservative and the JCC take part in remembrance of this tragedy,” Fryer said. Chapelle’s Holocaust Remembrance Week will be an annual event “to continue educating young generations on the history and significance of the Holocaust.”
“Cinderella” this weekend
The story of “Cinderella” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie
The event is open to toddlers through age 10. There will be games, crafts, food and activities. For more information, call (504) 888-1155.
Two area garden clubs will install new officers this month.
First, Colonial Garden Club will hold its installation and awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Ralph’s on the Park in Metairie.
Officers continuing for a second year of their two-year term are president Susan Hardeman; first vice president Sandy Anzelmo; second vice president Michel Boudreaux; recording secretary Trudy Corona; corresponding secretary Mary Wendt; and treasurer Judy Velez.
Luncheon chairwomen are Trudy Corona and Jean Jones. The invocation will be given by member Ann Lucas. Kay Ewens and Diane Richardson will present awards to the Gardeners of the Season, including the winner for spring, Jean Jones. And Trudy Corona will award those members with perfect attendance for the year.
On May 14, the Shady Oaks Garden Club will hold an installation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. also at Ralph’s on the Park. The theme is “A Good Neighbor: Shady Oaks Garden Club.”
The new officers are president Marion Gibbs; first vice president Erin Fleming; second vice president Heather Tucker; corresponding secretary Kathy Maffei; recording secretary Stephanie Abadie; and treasurer Margaret Handy.
At the luncheon there will be a recap given of the year, past officers will be recognized for their service and the end of the year awards will be announced. Heather Tucker and Kathy Maffei are in charge of the event.
The April community garden of the month award went to Eric and Janene Goebel. And the member garden of the month went to Kathy Maffei.
Alliance group to meet
The Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie, Harahan.
Guest speaker is Christopher Tidmore, a local political reporter and radio show host.
For more information, call Jamie Balser, president of the chapter, at (504) 812-1332.
Concert series continues
The Patrons of Lafreniere Park continues its “Lafreniere Live” concert series with a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the park at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow Stage, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.
Admission is free but no food or drinks will be allowed. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the park.
Two more concerts are planned for this month. Karma will perform on May 14 and closing out the series on May 21 will be Mojeaux.
The Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 North Causeway Blvd., will once again host a special event benefiting a Jefferson Parish nonprofit organization.
Called “Locals Night,” the event is from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be held May 13 to benefit Jefferson Dollars for Scholars.
The aim of Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is to expand educational opportunities for Jefferson Parish Public School students through scholarships and academic support.
For more information about the May 13 event, call (504) 324-4242.
Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (504) 430-8053.