Service Mission to New Orleans

NCSY/JSU Service Mission to New Orleans

Wednesday, November 6th – Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Beginning in 2006, NCSY ran its first Service Mission to New Orleans after the devastating Hurricane Katrina struck the city and volunteers were needed to assist in the recovery. Since then, NCSY has run close to 100 Service Missions, assisting in disaster relief for cities across the U.S., including New Orleans, LA, Houston, TX, Puerto Rico, Charleston, SC, Omaha, NB, Wilmington, NC.

Organizations We Partner Within New Orleans:
Habitat For Humanity – Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. To learn more about this organization, visit

Green Light – Swiss native Andreas Hoffmann founded Green Light New Orleans in 2006 to assist in the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans and at the same time offset the pollution of his touring band. What began as one man’s “light bulb moment,” Green Light New Orleans now operates one of the largest energy efficiency programs in New Orleans.

Rules & Policies:
In an effort to create and maintain a safe and comfortable environment and experience for each participant, the following rules must be adhered to. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your director. 

  • All participants must respect and listen to the staff and advisors on the Mission
  • Leaving the group at any time is not allowed. 
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy toward bringing any form of alcohol and drugs on the Mission. Cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, juuls, etc. are also not accepted on the Mission. NCSY Staff reserve the right to check any bag/room that is believed to have any such items (drugs, alcohol, weapons, etc).
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy toward bringing any form of weapon on the Mission.
  • There is a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of bullying on the Mission.

All parents and teens must realize that if any of the following rules are broken, parents may be notified and the teen will be jeopardizing their ability to return to any NCSY/JSU programs in the future.

Additionally, violation of any of the zero-tolerance policies can result in immediate removal from the Mission at the expense of the parent and teen.

Flight Information:
November 6, 2019
United #2195- leave 5:23pm, arrive (Houston) 8:50pm
United #3440- leaves 9:50pm, arrive (NOLA) 10:59pm

November 10, 2019
New Orleans-Boston via Houston
United #2007-leave 6:20am, arrive (Houston) 10:06am
United #1497-leave 12:30pm, arrive (Boston) 1:43pm

Sleep Inn & Suites
4601 Utica St.
Metairie, LA 70006

Chabad Metairie
4141 W Esplanade Ave
Metairie, LA 70002

Thursday: Habitat for Humanity
Friday: Green Light  

Rock n Bowl – 3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Preservation Hall – 726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Cafe Du Monde: 4700 Veterans Blvd Metairie

Casablanca – 3030 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA 70002-
Waffle Bar – 4650 West Esplanade Ave Ste #100 Metairie, LA 70006 –
Kosher Cajun at Chabad

Important Contacts:
Rabbi Ethan Katz – – 856-952-8901
Rabbi Yudi Riesel- –  551-265-6141

Packing List:
Here is a suggested packing list for the mission:

    • 2 Outfits to work in (that you don’t mind getting dirty)
    • 3 Outfits for general/fun outings
    • Shabbat clothing for praying/meals at Chabad (Business Casual)
    • 2 Comfortable outfits to wear on the plane
    • Sneakers/Work shoes
    • Pajamas
    • Sweatshirt
    • Adequate undergarments
    • Toiletries
    • Chargers
    • Spending Money ($20-$50) 
    • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray


  • The legal form of ID for flying – Preferable


Wednesday, November 6th
3:30 PM Meet at Logan airport
5:23 PM Flight departs to IAH
8:50 PM Arrive in Houston (layover)
9:50 PM Flight departs to MSY
10:59 PM Land in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA)!
11:30 PM Check-in to hotel

Thursday, November 7th
6:45 AM Wake up
7:40 AM Habitat for Humanity (6120 S Hermes St, NOLA)
4:00 PM Tour of Lower 9th Ward, Old Shul, Cemetery
7:00 PM Dinner at Casablanca
9:00 PM Rock N Bowl 

 Friday, November 8th
7:30 AM Wake up
8:45 AM Green Light
2:00 PM Waffle Bar Lunch!
Get ready for Shabbat
4:46 PM Shabbat begins
5:00 PM Kabalat Shabbat
Dinner at Shul
Oneg/Dessert at Shul  

Saturday/Shabbat, November 9th
9:15 AM Shacharit begins
9:30 AM Start going to Shul
12:00 PM Lunch at Shul
Afternoon learning program – walking tour
4:30 PM Seudat Shlishit/3rd Meal
5:41 PM Havdallah
8:00 PM Preservation Hall
French quarter
Cafe Du monde      

Sunday, November 10th
3:45 AM Wake up, bring packed bags downstairs
4:30 AM Depart to MSY Airport, daven at airport
6:20 AM Takeoff  via Huston
1:43 PM Land in Boston