Congregation Anshe Sfard cancels Shabbat services

In an email sent out to his congregation, Rabbi David Polsky of Congregation Anshe Sfard reluctantly cancelled the morning worship services slated for Saturday morning, September 1. Polsky, who personally toured the facility yesterday, did not believe there was any major structural damage to the synagogue, but is still waiting...
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Temple Sinai has partial power restored; URJ services tonight at GOP

Temple Sinai president Cliff Kern toured his synagogue twice in as many days since Hurricane Issac passed through the city. He reports that the older portion of the historic synagogue located closer to Calhoun and St. Charles Avenue has electric power. “The ner tamid (eternal light) actually has power to...
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New Orleans area Jews prepare for a wet, powerless Shabbat


(JTA) – Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain. “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of...
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Hurricane Issac’s pesky patriarchal precipitation passes

On the seventh anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in history, Hurricane Issac advanced upon Southeast Louisiana in a slow, plodding manner, stalling and making landfall twice, eventually dumping record amounts of rain that caused widespread flooding in several neighborhoods. Rain continued throughout the day...
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Chabad to continue to hold daily minyans

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin of Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana  reminds everyone that daily minyans for those saying Kaddish, etc. will continue to be held twice daily. Morning services will be held at 7:00  at the Chabad House, 1216 Broadway in New Orleans. If power isn’t restored soon, a new venue will be chosen, he...
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Pictures from Beth Israel dedication program

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, these pictures speak to the emotions of a day that was seven years in the making.

Congregation Beth Israel enjoyed a day of dedication last Sunday with speeches by politicians and a number of self-congratulatory acknowledgements to key movers and...
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JCC announces closures

In advance of the arrival of the storm that is expected to strengthen into Hurricane Issac, New Orleans Jewish Community Center executive director Leslie Fischman has announced that both JCC campuses, uptown and Metairie, will close today (Monday) at 5:00 p.m. Both JCCs will remain closed all day Tuesday. Fischman...
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Federation issues statement on Tropical Storm Issac

In a release sent out on Sunday night Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans executive director Michael Weil announced plans to prepare for the expected landfall of what is expected to be Hurricane Issac on Wednesday morning. Weil reminded members of the Jewish community that a mandatory evacuation has not...
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A synagogue dedication, community rejuvenation & Orthodox-Reform bonds


(JTA) — Seven years ago an iconic picture for many Jews of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was of men waist deep in a flooded synagogue carrying Torahs to safety. This weekend, in a celebration of physical and spiritual unity, the Torahs of that congregation were carried...
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Kabbala for Young Professionals meets

Young professionals interested in learning Kabbala are invited to take part in a dinner and study session this Monday night. The session and dinner sponsored by the uptown Louisiana Chabad Lubavitch will be held at the home of Sandy Cohen, 1000 Moss Street. The event begins at 8:00 and should...
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