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water-stained prayer shawls

These are photographs of water-stained prayer shawls from Beth Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in New Orleans’ Lakeview district that was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. These photographs were taken by Martine Kaplan, a participant on the Jewish Community Center Association’s ‘Days of Caring and Sharing’ trip in January, 2007. The trip involved JCCA board members and executive directors who witnessed some of the destruction still present in New Orleans 16 months after the storm, visited Beth...