The Annual Weiss Award

The Weiss Awards, established in 1954 in the memory of the Weiss Brothers, Seymour, Bernard, Milton and Julius, recognizes members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to furtherance of human dignity were outstanding and an example to be followed.


In the summer of 2018, one of the city’s oldest human relations organizations, The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ) founded as The National Conference of Christian and Jews, announced the recipients of the 61st Annual Weiss Award

Chosen for their exceptional civic and humanitarian contributions to the Greater New Orleans Community, the honorees are: Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans; Pastor Fred Luter Jr., Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Leopold Sher, Partner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.; Honorable Jay Christopher Zainey, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Pro Bono Publico Foundation; and The Rhodes Family. 

The 61st Weiss Awards took place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

The Co-Chairs for this prestigious occasion were Anne Teague Landis and Dorothy “Dottie” Reese.

“The Annual Weiss Awards is the major fund-raising effort of NOCCJ,” said Anne Teague Landis. “Monies raised are essential to the continued success of their outreach programs which have a direct impact on the entire community. These programs change lives, and the financial assistance they receive through this event makes a tremendous difference.”

This occasion presents an opportunity for all persons who subscribe to the goals and ideals of NOCCJ to lend their support to this worthwhile organization. “While these individuals have received many awards for their outstanding work in the community, we believe that the Weiss Award uniquely recognizes their devotion to programs that promote respect for self and others - a cornerstone to achieving change in our community and in the world,” said Robert H. Tucker, Presiding Chair of NOCCJ. 

Funds raised from the event will support local, innovative programs for the community, including The Anytown Institute and NOLA United. The Anytown Institute, which began in 1957, is a unique, weeklong, summer institute for high-school students that brings teenagers of various racial and ethnic backgrounds together. Based upon the premise that respect is gained by the opportunity to meet and interact with one another, Anytown offers young people the chance to not only discover and appreciate the similarities of people regardless of race, religion, or culture, but also to learn a great deal about themselves. NOLA United, an initiative created by NOCCJ, is a citywide invitation to further peace, wellness, policy and culture in the City of New Orleans. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies, we work to bridge relationships throughout the community by bringing people together around positive action that leads to measurable outcomes. Under this banner of unity, we aim to celebrate our communities and continue to work toward a positive future for New Orleans.