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This article, written by Rabbi Myrna Matsa about a conversion which takes place on the Pascagula River in Mississippi, was published in the September 2007 issue of "Mann About Town" (pages 38-39). Rabbi Matsa is a rabbi and pastoral-trauma counselor serving in support of clergy in Mississippi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans through a partnership between the United Jewish Communities and the New York Board of Rabbis.
Bearing Witness: Reflections on Hillel's Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans and the Holiday of Passover
"Bearing Witness: Reflections on Hillel's Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans and the Holiday of Passover" is a blog entry written by Michael Simon, the program director of Harvard Hillel. This blog entry was written on April 19, 2007, and describes Simon's experiences leading an alternative spring break trip to Kiln, Mississippi to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Simon also connects the trip experience with the upcoming holiday of Passover.
"Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans" is a blog entry written by Anna Berezina, Director of Outreach and Engagement at Brandeis University Hillel. Berezina staffed an alternative spring break trip to Kiln, Mississippi, to help rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This blog entry describes her experiences during the trip, which took place in January of 2007.
In February of 2007, the junior class of Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California, traveled to Waveland, Mississippi, to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. This is a description the first two days of their trip, written by Jane-Rachel Schonbrun, the Director of Student Life at Kehillah.
This is an email from Jacob Fain, a senior legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. The email was sent on September 27, 2005 after Fain's trip to Louisiana and Mississippi. Fain writes about the shelters in the area, the Union of Reform Judaism's Jacobs' Ladder program, and other local programs that the URJ supported, including Camp Sister Spirit, the only GLBT camp in Mississippi that provided shelter and food for local residents and evacuees after Hurricane...