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Our first Shabbat in Mandeville after Katrina

Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lender describes his community's first Shabbat together after the storm in this article titled "Our first Shabbat in Mandeville after Katrina." This article was published on the Union for Reform Judaism website,, on September 13th, 2005.

Spiritual Recovery from Hurricane Katrina Sermon Revised

Rabbi Jeffrey Kurtz-Lendner of Northshore Jewish Congregation of Mandeville, Louisiana led Shabbat services at his damaged synagogue on September 9, 2005, 11 days after Katrina. He called this refugee Shabbat. He gave a sermon, which was the first sermon given in a synagogue in the New Orleans area after Katrina. Rabbi Kurtz-Lendner revised his sermon into an article for his congregation's newsletter. This article is attached.