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After Katrina, Rabbi’s Future Uncertain

This is an article by Jennifer Siegel entitled “After Katrina, Rabbi’s Future Uncertain.” The article is about Yisroel Shiff (referred to here as Stuart Schiff), the then-Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans. Beth Israel was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, with over eight feet of standing water, and it remained uncertain what would become of the synagogue and of the rabbi. This article originally appeared in the Forward (www.forward.com) and is reprinted with permission.

Repairing the World, Focusing on Biloxi

This is an article titled “Repairing the World, Focusing on Biloxi” by Harry Silverman. Silverman is the executive director of the Southeast Region on the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He wrote this article after returning from a trip with NAASE, the organization for the Conservative movement’s executive directors. The volunteered gutting houses and met with members of Congregation Beth Israel, the local Conservative synagogue that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Project Tzohar: September 23, 2005

This is an article titled “Project Tzohar: September 23, 2005” by Harry Silverman. Silverman is the executive director of the Southeast Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Soon after the storm Silverman flew to Biloxi, Mississippi to witness up-close the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. This article is a report of his experiences.

Biloxi Update

This is an article titled “Biloxi Update” by Harry Silverman from February 6, 2006. Silverman is the Executive Director of the Southeast Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He wrote this article after returning from a trip to the Gulf Coast, where he visited Congregation Beth Israel in Biloxi, Mississippi, received a tour of the damaged city, and met with several area representatives.

A GIANT Thanks

This is an article by Anna Eisen titled "A GIANT Thanks," and was published on the Union for Reform Judaism website, http://urj.org, on September 20th, 2005. The article tells the story of a Texas synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, that adopted a family of 31 people who had lost their homes and all their belongings during Hurricane Katrina.