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After Katrina, Rabbi’s Future Uncertain

This is an article by Jennifer Siegel entitled “After Katrina, Rabbi’s Future Uncertain.” The article is about Yisroel Shiff (referred to here as Stuart Schiff), the then-Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans. Beth Israel was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, with over eight feet of standing water, and it remained uncertain what would become of the synagogue and of the rabbi. This article originally appeared in the Forward ( and is reprinted with permission.

Deep South File: New Orleans Rabbi Moves On

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: New Orleans Rabbi Moves On,” is from October 26, 2005. This entry announces Rabbi Yisroel Shiff’s resignation from New Orleans’ Beth Israel synagogue.

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...