The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is made possible through the generous support of our growing community of Founders and Donors. For more information about how you can contribute to the 2020 opening of the MSJE in New Orleans, click here.


Ner Tamid (The Eternal Light) Level $100,000 and above


Morris & Cathy Bart

Joseph Canizaro

Jeffery Feil

The Dora Ferber Foundation of Houma

Joanne B. Fried

Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana

Carolyn & Jay Kaplan

The Keller Family Foundation

Morris & Stacey Lewis, Richard Lewis Charitable Remainder Trust, Morris III (z”l) & Harriet Lewis, Charles Lewis, Andrew, Alisa, Ansel & Analisa Lewis, Adam Lewis, Josh & Elaine Lewis, Ben & Cory Lewis

The Lupin Foundation

The Lux Family Foundation

Sally & Tony Mann

The Ben May Charitable Trust

Julia Lewis Miller, Jerry Miller, Scott, Julie, Madelyn, Landon, and Jillian Miller, Geoffrey, Kathryn, Olivia, and Blake Miller

Jean Strauss Mintz

Morris & Melinda Mintz

Karen & Leopold Sher

Harold Wainer

M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation

Charles Zucker Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Foundation

The long history of the Jews of the American South has been described as a story of prejudice and privilege. I would add that it is one inextricably tied to our Jewishness and its impact on our relationships with our neighbors–black and white, rich and poor. I hope that the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience will do justice to this complex and grand story, warts and all.
–Morris Lewis, Lexington, MS
With deep family roots in the South, our Directors are pleased to be a part of the capital campaign for the new Museum in New Orleans.  The stories of our families and their impact on our communities will bring further understanding and appreciation for Jewish heritage and culture to our country. 
–Lenny Krasnow, President, M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation, Dallas

Yad b’Yad (Hand in Hand) Level $50,000-$99,000

Steve & Debbie Cavalier
Steve & Vicki Reikes Fox
Francis Fraenkel
Keith & Evie Katz
Milton H. Latter Educational & Charitable Foundation
Richard & Susan Lipsey, Mark & Laurie Aronson, Wendy Lipsey
Russell & Suzanne Palmer
Jay & Bz Tanenbaum

We are supporting MSJE to honor our parents, who helped make our lives complete, and, in addition, to show the world a little bit of our own Southern Jewish experience.
–Keith Katz, New Orleans

L’Chaim (To Life) Level $18,000-$49,000

The Azby Fund
Bissinger-Timm Family
Charles Cahn
The Cahn Family Foundation
Scott & Marjorie (z”l) Cowen
David & Susan Daube
Juan & Ana Gershanik
Charles & Cathy Glaser
Louis A. & Lillian L. Glazer Foundation
Bill & Susan Hess
Marcus (z”l) & Rachelle Hirsch, Howard & Marcia Hirsch, Jeff & Sherre Hirsch
Harvey (z”l) & Paula Hoffman
David & Jill Israel
Jon & Teri Karlin
David Kerstein
Herman Kohlmeyer
Julius & Donna Levy
Diana & Chip Mann
Leon & Debbie Pesses
Pfizer, Inc.
Mark & Linda Posner
The Rabin Family: Sarah Rabin, Janis Rabin & Dr. Stan Alfred, Ann & Larry Rabin, Dr. Vicki Rabin & Andy Bursten
The Rittenberg Family Foundation
Robert Roubey & Lisa Brachman
Andre Rubenstein & David Rubenstein
Nathan Segall
Mike & Aimee Siegel
Robert & Pamela Steeg
Hans & Donna Sternberg
Carol Stone, Harvey Stone, Richard Stone, Sophia Stone
Steve Strauss
Rick & Ann Streiffer
Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is the finest reply to the often-heard comment, “I didn’t know there were Jews in the South!”
—Deborah Lamensdorf Jacobs, Cary, MS and Atlanta, GA


Marilyn Alhadeff
Larry & Joyce Anenberg
Ian Arnof, Lindy Arnof Kearns, Paige Arnof-Fenn
Dub & Joel Ashner
Myron Baer
Mark & Ellen Balkin
Richard & Annamerle Bellah
Gerald (z”l) & Joan Berenson (z”l)
Darryl & Louellen Berger
Sydney & Walda Besthoff, Jane Besthoff Steiner, Valerie Besthoff
Beth Israel Congregation, Fayetteville, NC
Les & Susan Walker Burson
Charles Cahn
Anthony Cantor
David Cohen
Elaine & Emanuel Crystal Family Fund
Andy & Katie Cutler
Mark & Jamie Davis
Richard Dobkin
Jody Lubritz Dorsey
Ann Edelman
Jerry & Beverly Edelstein
Ilene Engel
Margaret Epstein
Sylvia Ettenberg Memorial Fund
Arnold Feinstein
Josh & Mara Force
Albert Fraenkel
Jeffrey Fraenkel
Alan & Diane Franco
J. Kent Friedman
Katherine Friedman
Marshall & Charlett Frumin
Bobby Garon & Robin Levy
Kurt & Alice Gitter
Mark Glazer
Cindee Gold
Bill Goldring
Nan Goldwasser
Larry Golinsky
William Golinsky
Lou & Susan Good
Milton Grishman
Marc Grossberg
John & Shelley Herbert
Robert Hertzberg
Kenneth Hoffman & Monica Edelstein
Julie Hoffman & Ara Rubyan
Ronnie & Deborah Hoffman
Michael Honan & Roxanne Travelute
Augusta Kamien Jacobs
Deborah Lamensdorf Jacobs
Michael Jacobs
Beverly Kahn
Barbara Kaplinsky
Jacob & Vicki Karno
Brian & Lisa Katz
Paul & Leah Katz
Clifford Kern
Maury Kohn
Larry & Ruth Kullman
Harry & Betty Lazarus
Robert & Judith Levy
Alan & Brenda Lewis
Jeff & Sarah Lewis
George Lurcy Charitable & Educational Trust
Leonard Lurie
Dale & Laurie Maas
Bill & Bobbie Malone
Josh & Julie Mamis
Eric Meyer
Julie Grant Meyer
Carol Buchalter Mittel
Jeff Mishkin
Elizabeth Morgan
Chris & Rachel Myers
Joan Oppenheim
Steve & Beth Orlansky
Larry & Naomi Orlansky
Parkside Foundation
Andy & Helen Polmer
Fred & Sue Preis
Bart Ramsey
Daniel & Susan Raskin
Tom Reiman
Jeffrey & Shelley Roberts
Regina Rogers
Phil & Kerry Rosen
Kara Rothberg
Mike & Ayan Rubin
Rachel Schulman
David Segal & Rollin Simmons
Mandy Selber
Adrianne Sher
Mark Silberman
Matt Silvers
William & Jane Sizeler
Paul Skolnick
Stuart Smolkin
Edward & Karen Soll
Byron & Pam Spanjer
The Josef Sternberg Memorial Fund
Rachel Schulman
David Segal & Rollin Simmons
Stuart Smolkin
Steve Strauss
Lois Sutton
Al & Donna Tanenbaum
Matt & Sherri Tarr
Louis Stern
Teri Tillman
Wendy Price Todd
Usdin-Weil Foundation
Van Der Linden Foundation
Craig & Shari Weil
Jack Weingarten
Robert Wolf
Cyvia Wolff
Mark & Janet Zimmerman
Avi Zollman

The experience of Jews in the South is such a critical part of the overall Jewish story in the United States. We are pleased to be able to play a small role in this important undertaking.
–Kenny Friedman, Houston, TX

In-Kind Supporters

Mark Balkin
Patrick Gallagher
Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana
Mark Stein
Temple Sinai, New Orleans