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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,...

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 on Thursday, even though the center of the massive storm was located over 150 miles away.

But unlike seven years...

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 said. Mincha and Ma’ariv services will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Chabad Center in Metairie.

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 shakers within and without its congregational family. The events began at Congregation Gates of Prayer, the Reform temple Beth Israel...

In dismissal of Rachel Corrie suit, one small question is key

By BEN SALES

HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — The verdict by an Israeli court in the case of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, may have captured international attention and touched on a range of ethical issues at the center of Israel’s military operations. But at its core, Tuesday’s ruling on whether Israel was responsible for Corrie’s death nine years ago hinged...

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 said she expects to be closed all day on Wednesday too. However, depending on whether the storm moves through the...