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New Orleans Newsletter

As I, Tom Oelsner, travel around the country in my motorhome named "The Oelsmobile" I send out a weekly newsletter. Currently at home in New Orleans I sent out a Holiday Edition and this contribution is a portion of that Newsletter dealing with New Orleans. It was suggested by Sam and Gert Levitan that I make this submission.

JFS Offers Crisis Assistance on Gulf Coast

"JFS Offers Crisis Assistance on Gulf Coast" was written by Drew Walen, and was published in The Jewish Observer, a Publication of the Jewish Federation of Nasville on October 14, 2005. The article is about a trip that Jewish Family Service Executive Director Jeff Fladen took to the Gulf Coast on October 5-9, 2005.

In the Curve of the Mississippi

Thank you very much for all of your hard work. This essay was first published in the Voices of the Storm, the Southern Quarterly, Spring 2006 and then republished in the Jewish Herald-Voice, A Journal Devoted to the the Interests of Southwest Jewry, which is really the Houston Jewish newspaper, as the lead article in their Rosh Hashanah Edition Sept. 23, 2006. I am invited to be a writer-in-residence in a few weeks in a Jewish highschool in New York because of this essay. I moved back to my...

Touro Infirmary: A Katrina Success Story

A talk given to the Southern Jewish Historical Society in Little Rock, Nov. 12th, 2006. It is the story of how the leadership of Touro Infirmary rescued itself and its patients.