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Selichot schedule for Saturday night

Selichot refers to  a series of piyyutim (penitential prayers) that are read as part of a service prior to the High Holidays. Oftentimes the service is also called Selichot and in Sephardic tradition, the reading of Selichot prayers begin on the second day of Elul. However, in the Ashkenazic tradition those prayer services typically begin on the Saturday before Rosh Hashanah. However, if the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls...

Chabad offers Lulav and Etrogs for Succot

Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana is promoting lulav and etrog sales in advance of the Succot holiday. Rabbi Mendy Schecter is in charge of ordering and he explained that the costs for a set of lulav and etrog this year will range from $55 to $120.

The two available categories from either Eretz Yisroel (land of Israel) or Italy (Yanover) each have two ranges of quality from very good to excellent....

How did you make out? Let us know

How did you fare during the storm? Were you especially taken with something that happened during the passage of Hurricane Issac that you feel needs to be said? Did the Jewish agencies do what was expected? Were there any special services you wanted to acknowledge or administrators who made a bad situation somehow seem better. Are you full of praise or critical of the way things went down. Whatever you...

Tulane Hillel has power; shut down for holiday

The Tulane Hillel’s Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life has had power restored, but is still shut down for the Labor Day holiday. It is expected to re-open on Tuesday morning, but no word has been received as to when customers can expect the Hillel Ktichen will also re-open. The Hillel Kitchen is one of but a few kosher restaurants in New Orleans.

The others are Kosher Cajun...

Chabad House has power restored; Rohr Chabad still powerless

Power has been restored to the Uptown Chabad House, 1216 Broadway. Morning minyans will continue there as usual at 7:00 a.m. Evening minyans will continue to be held at the Chabad Center in Metairie at 7:00 p.m. daily.

Rebbetzin Bluma Rivkin of Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana reports that the turnout for Shabbat services at her home on Saturday was a sizable crowd of 40. The Rohr Chabad Student Center at...

Latest updates on Jewish organizations

Most of the major Jewish agencies are functioning as best they can in the wake of Hurricane Issac. Some agencies never lost their power or have had their power restored. Others are still waiting.

At present the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is operational, but it has closed down for the long holiday weekend and won’t reopen until Tuesday morning.

The Uptown JCC  at last report was still without...

Updates from JCC, NOJDS, JFS, JCRS; Shabbat services schedules

Most of the major Jewish agencies are functioning as best they can in the wake of Hurricane Issac. Some agencies never lost their power or have had their power restored. Others are still waiting.

At present the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is operational, but it has closed down for the long holiday weekend and won’t reopen until Tuesday morning.

The Uptown JCC  at last report was still without...

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 on inspectors to properly look whether water damages did occur. Polsky, his wife Mindy Rothstein and newborn daughter Toby were...

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 it,” he said. However, the newer portions of the building – the offices, social hall, Matonas shop, chapel and classroom...

New Orleans area Jews prepare for a wet, powerless Shabbat

By NEIL RUBIN

(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 went into our hurricane action mode and did the best we could.”

One of the iconic photographs of Hurricane Katrina,...