September 9, 2005

AVI CHAI helping fund evacuee Day School education

The AVI CHAI Foundation announced a one-year emergency grant program providing $3,000 per student to any Jewish day school in North America that enrolls Jewish children age four through twelfth grade who were evacuated from New Orleans or other communities as a result of Hurricane […]
September 8, 2005

Jacobs Ladder: Reform movement’s staging ground in Utica

The Union for Reform Judaism announced that Utica will be the site of Jacobs Ladder, a project that will enable the Union to effectively collect, organize and distribute thousands of dollars worth of goods and supplies flowing from Reform Jewish congregations nationwide to the victims […]
September 8, 2005

New Orleans meets in new city

Congregation Beth Israel in Houston hosted a meeting of the New Orleans Jewish community last night. About 200 attended the meeting, which was the first chance many of them had to reconnect with friends. Barbara Raynor noted ironically that last night was supposed to have […]
September 8, 2005

Healing service scheduled in Jackson

Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson will host a Healing Service at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 for the Jackson metro area community. Residents of the area and evacuees of all faiths are invited to join this community service in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Rabbi […]
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 […]