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Beth Israel Torah Dedication, Acceptance Speech by Jackie Gothard

Jackie Gothard, Congregational President of Congregation Beth Israel, gave this acceptance speech at the Torah dedication ceremony on August 27, 2006. The ceremony dedicated a new Torah for the congregation, which lost all their Torah scrolls from Katrina. A teenager in Los Angeles, Hayley Fields, raised money to buy this new Torah for Congregation Beth Israel.

Beth Israel Torah Dedication 159

This photograph was taken by Donna Matherne at the Torah dedication ceremony at Beth Israel Congregation on August 27, 2006. Since Katrina, Beth Israel Congregation has been holding their services in their own hall at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana. The congregationís Torah scrolls were all ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Hayley Fields, a teenager from Century City Young Israel Congregation in Los Angeles, led a fundraising drive in her community to raise money to buy Beth...

Beth Israel Torah Dedication 121

This photograph was taken by Donna Matherne at the Torah dedication ceremony at Beth Israel Congregation on August 27, 2006. Since Katrina, Beth Israel Congregation has been holding their services in their own hall at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana. The congregationís Torah scrolls were all ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Hayley Fields, a teenager from Century City Young Israel Congregation in Los Angeles, led a fundraising drive in her community to raise money to buy Beth...

Beth Israel Torah Dedication 107

This photograph was taken by Donna Matherne at the Torah dedication ceremony at Beth Israel Congregation on August 27, 2006. Since Katrina, Beth Israel Congregation has been holding their services in their own hall at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana. The congregationís Torah scrolls were all ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Hayley Fields, a teenager from Century City Young Israel Congregation in Los Angeles, led a fundraising drive in her community to raise money to buy Beth...

Beth Israel Torah Dedication 085

This photograph was taken by Donna Matherne at the Torah dedication ceremony at Beth Israel Congregation on August 27, 2006. Since Katrina, Beth Israel Congregation has been holding their services in their own hall at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana. This photograph shows the Torah cover and silver adornments that were donated to Beth Israel Congregation, along with a new Torah, after the congregationís Torah scrolls were ruined by Hurricane Katrina. The gift was the idea of...