COngregation Beth Israel

The Tides That Bind

Ten years after Katrina, the Jews of New Orleans and Houston remain bound by a flood of emotion and caring.

08/18/2015
Staff Writer

Houston — Ten years ago next week, with Hurricane Katrina barreling toward them, several thousand Jews from New Orleans set out on I-10 to escape the storm. They headed west, passing Baton Rouge, then Lafayette, in the heart of the Louisiana bayou, then Lake Charles, and on across the Texas line through Beaumont and the lyrically named Mont Belvieu.

On the rebound: Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans after Katrina. Wikimedia Commons

Bomb Threats At Houston Synagogues

05/02/2013

Two Houston synagogues received bomb threats.

The bomb threats were called in to Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue, and Congregation Or Ami, a Conservative synagogue, on Wednesday afternoon.

Both synagogues canceled Hebrew school classes for Thursday but said they would reopen Friday with more security, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Houston Police Department, Anti-Defamation League, FBI and Department of Homeland Security all were notified about the threats, Congregation Beth Israel told the Houston Chronicle in an email.

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