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Change of Plans: After escaping Katrina, Cydney Schwartz becomes a bat mitzvah in Atlanta

This article, published in the Atlanta Jewish Times on September 30, 2006, tells the story of Cydney Schwartz who was supposed to have her Bat Mitzvah in New Orleans but ended up having her Bat Mitzvah in Atlanta, where she evacuated after Katrina.

Deep South File: Katrina updates

This is an entry from the blog of Deep South Jewish Voice, Deep South Jewish Voice is the Jewish newspaper of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. This blog entry, “Deep South File: Katrina updates,” is from September 12, 2005.

Thanksgiving 2005

This is a blog entry entitled "Thanksgiving 2005" from Rabbi Stanton Zamek's blog, This entry, from November 14th, 2005, describes some of what Rabbi Zamek is thankful for post-hurricanes. Rabbi Zamek is the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He and his community played an important role in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, hosting evacuees in congregants' homes, reuniting families separated by the storm, and evacuating...

A Story that Lifts the Heart

This is an article by Arthur F. Starr, titled "A Story that Lifts the Heart." This article was published on the Union for Reform Judaism Website,, and tells the story of a girl who was able to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah with a synagogue in St. Thomas after Hurricane Katrina cancelled her original celebrations.