Friday, January 15th 2021   |

Sandy spreading misery along the eastern seaboard

New Orleans residents have become quite adjusted to hurricanes and, sadly, so too have New Yorkers. While 2005, 2008 and 2012 brought Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Issac to the Big Easy, 2011 and 2012 have brought Hurricanes Irene and Sandy to the Big Apple.

Both New York and New Jersey suffered massive floods as the Atlantic Ocean swept into areas where water was already high due to the lunar cycle. Wall Street and the entire financial district was shuttered. Much of Manhattan has lost power and cars are strewn all across the city carried aloft by the force of the floodwaters. Only the Lincoln Tunnel remains open. All other tunnels and major bridges into and out of the city remain closed due to the flooding Sandy caused there. Public transportation has shut down and Broadway’s Great White Way has gone dark for a third day in a row, which is significant. Theaters were closed for only two days after the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001. Most theaters aren’t even looking to reopen until tomorrow.

In the Jewish world, according to JTA, the news service of the Jewish people, major institutions along the eastern seaboard remain closed since Monday. These include the UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, but other affected areas included parts of Maryland and Washington. Both the Jewish Federations of Baltimore and Washington have been closed as well as the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia.

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