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  • Mary "Nancy" Cooper (deceased)
  • Samuel Cooper, (c.1745 - 1832)
    •Event: 1790 On Spanish censuses with Henry, William and others •Event: 16 MAR 1780 Swore allegiance to the King of Spain as an English citizen of Mobile, West Florida •Will: 18 SEP 1777 Made will in...
  • Fannie Goldstein (1883 - 1953)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Oct 1 2017, 3:53:04 UTC * Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Oct 1 2017, 4:03:55 UTC
  • Alvin Z. Cohen, M.D. (1921 - 2009)
    U.S. Army, enlisted 1944. Discharged with the rank of Major in 1953. Sources:* "Alvin Cohen: A Legend In His Own Time.". By Nechamie Margolis. 2009, privately printed.
  • Samuel Cahn (1846 - 1893)
    "Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), Samuel Cahn and Bettie A Levy, 30 May 1876; citing Orleans, Louisiana, United States, various parish cou...

This is an umbrella project for all projects related to Jews from Louisiana.


From Pushcarts and Plantations: Jewish Life in Louisiana

In the early 1700s, Sephardic traders journeyed up from the Caribbean and became the first Jews to settle in Louisiana. The small community thrived despite of the infamous "Black Code" of 1724 that officially expelled all Jews from the French colony.

A second wave of immigration (1820-1870) deposited German peddlers in virtually every small town in the state. Jacob Bodenheimer, one of the first Jews to settle in northern Louisiana, came to America as a castaway. He encouraged other German Jews to follow and soon there was a substantial Jewish presence in the area. Because they were among the first of any faith to settle this region, northern Louisiana has experienced little anti-Semitism.

The arrival of Eastern Europeans marked the third great wave of immigration (1870-1920). During this period’s high water mark--the first decade of the 20th century--Louisiana found itself with a substantial Russian and Polish community. The traditionalism of these newcomers contrasted sharply with the assimilated French and Germans. They often were a source of embarrassment to those Jews who had worked so hard to blend into the styles and customs of the gentile world. They maintained their traditions, however, and established thriving orthodox communities throughout the state.



  1. History of the Jews of Louisiana Published 1903 in New Orleans . Written in English.
  2. Gefilte Fish in the Land of the Kingfish: Jewish Life in Louisiana
  3. Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities - Louisiana
  4. The Alsace-Lorraine Jewish Experience in Louisiana and the Gulf South" by Anny Bloch-Raymond
  5. The True Story of Eunice (Louisiana) Excerpt about the Wright family.
  6. New Orleans Cemeteries
  7. Louisiana Archives search
  8. The Early Jews of New Orleans
  9. Genealogy Resources Specifically Related to the New Orleans Jewish Community compiled by Ellen Barnett Cleary, JGSNO, April 2001
  10. "The Jews of New Orleans" the algemeiner