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 […]
September 1, 2005

Jackson congregation functioning

Congregation Beth Israel in Jackson, Miss., is back up and functioning, according to office manager Ellen Alexander. Jackson had 90-mph sustained winds during the hurricane, but was to the west of the eye. There were widespread power outages, and the congregation just this morning had […]
August 30, 2005

Jacobs Camp hosting Katrina evacuees

The Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Miss., is hosting about 150 evacuees from the New Orleans area. Among the evacuees are residents of the Louise Davis Developmental Center for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities, which designated the camp as its evacuation site after the 2004 […]
August 29, 2005

Community mourns loss of Rabbi Cynthia Culpeper, 43

BIRMINGHAM — Rabbi Cynthia Culpeper, the first pulpit rabbi to announce being diagnosed with AIDS, died the morning of Aug. 29 after a 10-year battle with the disease. Culpeper, 43, was diagnosed after coming down with thrush shortly before her first High Holy Days after […]
August 23, 2005

Vandalism at Pensacola Jewish cemetery

About thirty markers in the older section of Pensacola’s Temple Beth-El cemetery were toppled Saturday night or Sunday morning in an act of vandalism. The congregation is the oldest in the state of Florida. Congregants are raising funds both for a reward for information leading […]
August 19, 2005

A true house of study: Beth Or’s library accredited

Temple Beth Or’s Library First in State to Receive Accreditation from Jewish Libraries Group Over the last couple of years, Montgomery’s Temple Beth Or has placed an emphasis on improving its library, and renamed it in memory of Rabbi Eugene Blachschleger, who served the congregation […]