October 26, 2005

New Orleans rabbi moves on

Rabbi Yisroel Shiff, who has led Beth Israel in New Orleans for four years, has announced his resignation effective Nov. 1, to take a teaching position in New Jersey. Since the hurricane, he has been living in Memphis. Beth Israel, located in Lakeview, was flooded […]
October 21, 2005

“Shalom Y’all” offered for Katrina fundraisers

The award-winning documentary “Shalom Y’all,” about a third-generation Southern Jew from New Orleans in search of his roots, is being made available by the filmmaker to be used in fundraisers for Hurricane Katrina relief. Brian Bain left for Dallas before the storm hit. A month […]
October 20, 2005

Returning the Favor

With its destroyed synagogue on the front pages of High Holy Day issues of Jewish newspapers nationwide, members of New Orleans’ Beth Israel assembled for an emotional Yom Kippur service at the Comfort Inn in Kenner. Helping comfort the 45 in attendance was the return […]
October 20, 2005

Jewish Cinema South begins Nov. 4

The show must go on, and the fifth annual installment of Jewish Cinema South is gearing up for Jewish film festivals in four cities in early November. There are two films that will be shown in three of the four cities. The list of screenings […]
October 14, 2005

18th Delta Jewish Open scheduled for Nov. 4-5

November will mark the 18th anniversary of the Jay Mosow Memorial Delta Jewish Golf Open, a fundraiser and “family reunion” for the Jewish communities in the Mississippi Delta. Sponsored by members of the Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville, the tournament has raised over $65,000 for […]
October 14, 2005

New Orleans Agencies Announce Plans

The Jewish Community Center in Uptown New Orleans will open its fitness center on Oct. 20. The rest of the building is slated to open by Jan. 3. Hours for the fitness center, which was not damaged, are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 […]
October 11, 2005

Services resuming in New Orleans

Regular Shabbat services are starting up again at congregations in Metairie. Shir Chadash, which also had Rosh Hashanah services, began Shabbat services on Oct. 7. Services are 6:15 p.m. Fridays and 9:45 a.m. Saturdays. Yom Kippur services will be at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and 10 […]
October 7, 2005

Rosh Hashanah in the Katrina Zone

With the words “why is this year different from all other years” and a Rosh Hashanah niggun, services began at newly-dry Shir Chadash in New Orleans on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Like the only other High Holy Day service in New Orleans that […]
October 2, 2005

Congregations mostly escape Rita damage

Louisiana’s synagogues mostly escaped significant damage from Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24, with the congregation suffering the most damage being further away from the center of the storm than many others. Temple Sinai in Lake Charles, near where the eye came ashore, was not in […]