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. […]
September 19, 2005

Concert benefits Jacobs Camp relief efforts

On Sept. 29, there will be a benefit concert in New York City to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Miss. The camp housed evacuees following the storm, and now houses teams of volunteers working on a wide […]
September 18, 2005

High Holy Day Services in Biloxi, New Orleans

Assuming the buildings are available, there will be High Holy Day services in New Orleans this year. The announcement was made tonight at a community meeting of the Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge, which included members of the New Orleans Jewish community who are now […]
September 15, 2005

Killen back in jail

Feeling that a “fraud” had taken place in his courtroom, Neshoba County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon ordered Edgar Ray Killen, convicted this summer of manslaughter in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss., back to jail. Gordon had released Killen […]
September 15, 2005

Community Meeting in Baton Rouge

There will be an open meeting for the Jewish communities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU Faculty Club, on the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes. Eric Stillman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of […]
September 14, 2005

ZAKA rescues flooded Torahs

Isaac Leider, of the New York ZAKA Rescue and Recovery Organization, waded through waist-deep toxic floodwaters yesterday with six Torah scrolls from Congregation Beth Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in New Orleans. A few of the Torah scrolls are believed to be more than 250 years […]