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damage in Long Beach, Mississippi

This is a picture of a house in Long Beach, Mississippi, that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This picture 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, Mississippi, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel

This is a photograph of the destroyed sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, a synagogue in New Orleans that was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Students who were participating in Hillel's alternative break program wre given a tour of the synagogue and learned about the history of the New Orleans Jewish community. 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,...

Hillel Alternative Spring Break students in Congregation Beth Israel

This is a photograph of Hillel students inside the destroyed sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, a synagogue in New Orleans that 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 damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This photograph was taken by George Washington University Hillel...

the pod village

This is a picture of the "pods," or hard-shell tents, that Hillel students stayed in while participating in Hillel's alternative spring break programs. Prysbyterian Disaster Assistance turned the grounds of the Orange Grove Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, into a volunteer village where groups of volunteers could stay while rebuilding homes in the area. Hundreds of students from Hillels across the country spent their winter and spring breaks learning basic construction skills and...

lining up shingles

This is a picture of students checking the alignment of shingles before nailing them to the roof that they were working on in Gulfport, Mississippi. They were part of a group of hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country that spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students learned basic construction and roofing skills, and worked on many homes over the course of their time in Mississippi. This...