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Deep South File: Ruined Synagogue in New Orleans Symbolizes Difficulty of Rebuilding

This is an entry from the blog of Deep South Jewish Voice, www.deepsouthjewishvoice.blogspot.com. Deep South Jewish Voice is the Jewish newspaper of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. This blog entry, “Deep South File: Ruined Synagogue in New Orleans Symbolizes Difficulty of Rebuilding,” is from January 4, 2006. This entry describes the fate of New Orleans’ Congregation Beth Israel building, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Reflections on an Alternative Spring Break Trip

This is an article by Andrea Gilman, a student in the Sol Drachler Program in Jewish Communal Leadership at the University of Michigan. Andrea participated in a Hillel Alternative Break trip to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in January, 2006. Along with other Hillel students from across the country, Andrea spent a week rebuilding roofs in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is article is her account of the trip.

purim party

This is a picture of University of Texas Hillel staff member Margo Sack dressed up for Purim while participating in one of Hillel’s Alternative Break programs. Since Purim fell while students were in Mississippi with Hillel’s Alternative Spring Break, a Purim celebration was held in the tent village where the group was staying. Margo was part of a group of hundreds of college students and staff members from Hillels across the country that spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and...

Jackie Gothard speaking to Hillel students in Beth Israel Congregation

This is a photograph Congregation Beth Israel president Jackie Gothard speaking to Hillel students about Beth Israel and the New Orleans Jewish Community inside Beth Israel's sanctuary. Beth Israel, a synagogue in New Orleans, was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. These students were part of a group of hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country who spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, learning basic construction skills and repairing homes...

Waffle House

This is a photograph of Waffle House sign in Gulfport, Mississippi. The sign is standing next to the remains of the Wafle House restaurant, and in the background are other similarly damaged restaurants and stories. This photograph was taken by George Washington University Hillel staff member Rachael Kansas in March, 2006. She was part of a group of hundreds of college students and staff members from Hillels across the country that spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi,...