September 30, 2005

Post-Katrina High Holy Day services update

Two congregations are planning to hold Rosh Hashanah services in New Orleans, along with the Northshore Jewish Congregation across Lake Pontchartrain. Touro Synagogue will have services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah at 11 a.m., in either the Forgotston Chapel or in the Bowsky […]
September 28, 2005

UJC hosts celebrity eBay auction for Katrina relief

United Jewish Communities, The Federations of North America, is hosting a celebrity eBay auction with the proceeds going toward UJC’s Disaster Relief Fund to assist victims of the recent hurricanes. Hand-decorated and signed tzedakah boxes from Joy Behar, Gilbert Gottfried, Gabe Kapler, Isaac Mizrahi, Regis […]
September 28, 2005

Rosh Ha’Ayin Helping New Orleans

For over two decades, the Israeli town of Rosh Ha’Ayin has held a special bond with Birmingham, and in recent years, also with New Orleans. Both communities, through Partnership 2000 and Project Renewal, have raised funds for projects in Rosh Ha’Ayin, and the Rosh Ha’Ayin […]
September 27, 2005

IsraAID in New Orleans

By Chanan Tigay (JTA) – Washington may have rebuffed Israeli offers of expert assistance in the days after Hurricane Katrina, but a team of Israeli rescue personnel managed to deploy in some of the worst-hit areas around New Orleans, JTA has learned. The 18-member team […]
September 27, 2005

Assisting Biloxi’s Beth Israel

By Sue Fishkoff (JTA) – When Rabbi Sam Kieffer flew over Biloxi, Miss., all he could see below was complete devastation. “From the plane, you see almost every rooftop covered in blue tarp” indicating extensive damage, he says. Kieffer and his wife, Melinda, of B’nai […]
September 25, 2005

Baton Rouge synagogue damaged by Rita

For the last couple of weeks, Beth Shalom in Baton Rouge has housed Torah scrolls that were rescued from Touro Synagogue and the New Orleans Jewish Day School. Yesterday, those scrolls had to be evacuated again as Hurricane Rita sent water rushing though the building. […]
September 23, 2005

Katrina evacuees dealing with Rita

After Hurricane Katrina passed by New Orleans and the city flooded, about half of the Jewish community set up shop in Houston, along with many of the city’s Jewish institutions. Now, Hurricane Rita is bearing down on eastern Texas. The United Jewish Communities sent national […]
September 22, 2005

Bouncing for the Big Easy

Rabbi Abraham J. Mesch AZA will hold a basketball bounce-a-thon at the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham on Sunday, raising money for hurricane relief. Starting at 1:30 p.m. there will be a series of speakers, from leaders of local Jewish organizations to New Orleans […]
September 20, 2005

JCRS functioning, in Houston

The New Orleans-based Jewish Children’s Regional Service has reopened, at the office of the Jewish Herald-Voice in Houston. JCRS is a unique social service agency that assists Jewish children in the states that were part of B’nai B’rith District 7 — from Alabama to Tennessee. […]