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Deep South File: Katrina Evacuees Dealing with Rita

This is an entry from the blog of Deep South Jewish Voice, www.deepsouthjewishvoice.blogspot.com. Deep South Jewish Voice is the Jewish newspaper of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. This blog entry, “Deep South File: Katrina Evacuees Dealing with Rita,” is from September 23, 2005. This entry describes how Hurricane Rita affected some of the same communities in Texas that had taken in Hurricane Katrina evacuees just a few weeks earlier.

Hurricane damage to Beth Shalom Synagogue

This is a photograph of the some of the damage that Beth Shalom synagogue sustained from Hurricane Rita. Beth Shalom, a reform synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was on the forefront of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, hosting evacuees in congregants’ homes, reuniting families separated by the storm, and evacuating Torah scrolls from many congregations in New Orleans. Then, only weeks later, Beth Shalom was damaged by Hurricane Rita. This photograph is from the blog of Rabbi Stanton Zamek,...

Evacuating New Orleans Torah Scrolls

This is a photograph of New Orleans Torahs being evacuated from the city in the days following Hurricane Katrina. These Torahs were brought to Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and were then evacuated a second time when Beth Shalom was damaged in Hurricane Rita. In the following months, these Torahs were reunited with their congregations. This photograph is from the blog of Rabbi Stanton Zamek, www.rabbizamek.blogspot.com, from September 12th, 2005.

Cleaning Beth Shalom

This is a photograph of volunteers trying to remove water from the sanctuary of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after Hurricane Rita. While Beth Shalom was on the forefront of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, their own synagogue sustained major water and wind damage by Hurricane Rita. The community is still in the process of rebuilding. This photograph is from the blog of Rabbi Stanton Zamek, www.rabbizamek.blogspot.com, from September 25th, 2005.

USC Students at Beth Shalom

This is a blog entry entitled "USC Students at Beth Shalom" from Rabbi Stanton Zamek's blog, www.rabbizamek.blogspot.com. This entry, from March 12th, 2006, describes the visit of a group of University of Southern California students who were in the area for an Alternative Spring Break trip. The students, who were from USC Hillel and the USC chapter of the NAACP, visited Beth Shalom for Shabbat. Rabbi Zamek is the spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He and...