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Deep South File: Returning the Favor

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: Returning the Favor,” is from Thursday, October 20, 2005. This entry describes the journey of prayer books that had once been donated from Beth Israel synagogue in New Orleans back to that community for the High Holidays. The congregation’s books were...

'Days of Caring & Sharing' - Kevin Olson

This article, by Kevin Olson, is from the Jewish Community Center Association ‘Days of Caring & Sharing’ project. Kevin was one of several participants to write about his experiences as part of the project, which involved JCCA board members and executive directors in January, 2007. The group witnessed some of the destruction still present in New Orleans 16 months after the storm, visited the badly damaged Beth Israel synagogue, and cleaned a YWCA building ruined by Hurricane Katrina.

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...

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.

Former Secretary Helps Beth Israel

from your Friends at CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL Following the flooding of our synagogue after Hurricane Katrina, you participated in the retrieval of our Holy Torah Scrolls, by accepting them after their removal from the water-filled Holy Arks, carefully taking them to your home, and lovingly placing them in a temporary burial place in your own backyard, in a grave personally dug by your hands. By such acts of loving-kindness, you deserve to be...