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 spaces are all still without power.
Although he has not been given a timetable, Kern spoke with workmen from Entergy, whose job is to record the problems with feeders along the grid. Their notations of problem spots enables the company to send out repair teams more efficiently. They were in the process of documenting the problems on that particular block when Kern was leaving his on-site inspection earlier this morning.
Meanwhile, Summer worship services will be held for all Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) community members tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Gates of Prayer Synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade in Metairie. The casual Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Robert Loewy with cantorial soloist Victoria Cohen May. Note this is an earlier time for start than previously announced.