September 8, 2005

Riley skipping Ala. trade mission to Israel due to Katrina

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Alabama Governor Bob Riley will not be on the Alabama trade mission to Israel. It is set to depart tomorrow. Instead, Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammet and Neal Wade, director of the Alabama Development Office, will lead the […]
September 7, 2005

Volunteers stream in to hurricane-affected areas

ZAKA, which is known for recovering bodies in Israel after terrorist attacks, is using its expertise in New Orleans. Volunteers are traveling the flooded city by boat, finding and evacuating bodies. Already, ZAKA has reportedly found the bodies of two Jews. Chabad teams are also […]
September 6, 2005

Seeking Assistance in Jackson

The Jewish community of Jackson, Miss., is seeking assistance to deal with the influx of evacuees in that community. Rabbi Valerie Cohen of Beth Israel Congregation, the only synagogue in Jackson, noted that they are only 3 hours from New Orleans and the Mississippi coast, […]
September 5, 2005

Region prepares for evacuee influx

With cities like Jackson, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La., experiencing an immediate doubling of their populations, congregations are working to provide services to New Orleans residents. Bert Rubinsky, who is one of the coordinators in Jackson, said there are already about 75 Jews from New […]
September 4, 2005

Birmingham Katrina Response

The Birmingham Jewish community has launched a coordinated effort to assist those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The community’s congregations, Birmingham Jewish Federation, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, Levite Jewish Community Center and Collat Jewish Family Services have banded together to cooperate in the effort. The […]
September 2, 2005

Katrina Response Updates

Many in New Orleans’ Jewish community are in Houston, which is the new staging area for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. According to Lee Wunsch, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, there has been a tremendous response from around […]
September 2, 2005

Eyewitness: Visiting the Mississippi coast

Despite being two blocks from the beach, Biloxi’s Beth Israel is still standing, though heavily damaged. Mid-day today, there were no problems getting to Biloxi on the Interstate system, though U.S. 90 from I-110 westward is generally passable on one side or the other — […]
September 1, 2005

Important Contact Info for Katrina Evacuees

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has set up a temporary home at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, and plans to become an email clearinghouse and set up a bulletin board on its website. Anyone with information on evacuees from New Orleans — […]
September 1, 2005

Update: Biloxi shul “very damaged”

Beth Israel Congregation, which was situated two blocks off the beach in Biloxi, was reportedly “very damaged” by Hurricane Katrina. The only Conservative congregation in Mississippi and the only synagogue on the Mississippi coast, Beth Israel is located behind the President Casino and Treasure Bay […]