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 power and did not answer phone calls. The Metairie JCC campus opened Saturday at 1:00 p.m. It sufered little in the way of damage (a tree fell into the poolhouse and one of the building’s air conditioner chillers was damaged). The pool will remain closed. The Uptown JCC is still without power, but will return to service once power has been restored. Their pool will also not be available when they reopen. The JCC’s Nursery School is slated to reopen on Tuesday morning.
Both the Jewish Family Services (JFS) and Jewish Children’s Regional Services offices were in buildings which never had power restored. Both JFS and JCRS have been closed, but do expect to reopen on Tuesday morning. Life threatening events should be dealt with by dialing 800-635-6156. Mental health emergencies can be handled by going to a local emergency room or calling either 211 or the Via Link COPE-line at 800-749-2673.
Likewise, the New Orleans Jewish Day School (NOJDS) expects to reopen to students on Tuesday morning. Keep checking the CCJN for further updates.
With Shabbat looming, there are several changes in the normal services schedules which need to be noted. Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin reports late today that the Rohr Chabad Student Center at Tulane University has been without power and so the normal Shabbat five-course meal won’t be available. However, they will be holding a “mini-dinner” in the Sharp dormitory lobby tonight from 7:15- 8:00 p.m.
Unfortunately, power has not been restored to the Tulane Hillel Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewiwh Life and no word has been forthcoming as to when the Hillel Kitchen will reopen as well.
The Uptown Chabad Center’s worship services slated for 1216 Broadway for tomorrow morning have been relocated to 917 Broadway, the home of Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin. The site was chosen in order to permit lighting as well as air conditioning being run by on-site generators.
Congregation Anshe Sfard’s services were cancelled by Rabbi David Polsky earlier in the day as well as the Simcha Bat he was planning with his wife, Mindy Rothstein, for their newborn daughter Toby. That event will be rescheduled once power is restored to the shul and their home. The Union for Reform Judaism’s community summer worship services will be held tonight, as previously expected, at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue. However, the time has been moved up to a 6:00 p.m. start. The time for tomorrow’s worship services will be at the regular start of 10:30 a.m.
Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Congregation Beth Israel are open for worship services as normal. However, Shir Chadash, 3737 West Esplanade Avenue, is hosting a Bar Mitzvah and the family involved has invited all members, especially those without a place for dinner tonight, to enjoy the hospitality of the synagogue. The Bar Mitzvah continues with an Oneg Shabbat tomorrow afternoon following worship services. Beth Israel will commence services at 7:00 p.m. tonight with morning services slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the new sanctuary at 4004 West Esplanade Avenue. From the CCJN to your family, Shabbat Shalom.