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Hurricane Katrina Evacuation Story of Helen Zerlin Sperling

This is the story of my mother Helen Zerlin Sperling's evacuation from New Orleans on August 29th, 2005 and going forward until the time we recorded it. It is submitted by me, her daughter, Janet Zerlin Fagan of Newton, MA, originally a native of New Orleans, on July 30, 2008.

Spring Planting Will be at HOME This Year

Please find attached a creative and spiritual update I wrote on our recovery from the Federal Flooding following Hurricane Katrina. We will finally be living in a new house soon, after over two and a half years of waiting.

Post-Katrina July 2006

In July, 2006, my husband and I participated in the Union for Reform Judaism Mitzvah Corps to help in post-Katrina volunteer work. Attached are some articles that describe my experience: They include an opinion piece that I published in the Boston Jewish Advocate, as well as two blogs that appeared on www.jspot, the blog of the Jewish Funds for Justice.

New Orleans Newsletter

As I, Tom Oelsner, travel around the country in my motorhome named "The Oelsmobile" I send out a weekly newsletter. Currently at home in New Orleans I sent out a Holiday Edition and this contribution is a portion of that Newsletter dealing with New Orleans. It was suggested by Sam and Gert Levitan that I make this submission.

Katrina Video

From interview by The Emory Wheel regarding Dr. Albert and Maxine Barrocas experience during Katrina at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East.