New Orleans

The Tides That Bind

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

08/26/2015
Staff Writer

Houston — Ten years ago this 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.

New Orleans’ Congregation Beth Israel. Courtesy of 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

A Walker In The Garden District

04/07/2015
Travel Writer

It was drizzling as I strolled down Magazine Street in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. In this city without a major art museum, the architecture and storefront displays are art in and of themselves, and the window in front of me was no exception — a dazzlingly colorful, sparkly arrangement of chic umbrellas.

A sidewalk on Magazine Street in the Garden District. Photos by Hilary Larson/JW

Latkes (And Okra, Anyone?) In The Big Easy

12/09/2014
Travel Writer

New Orleans is famous for knowing how to party. And while Mardi Gras is the best-known annual festivity, the Big Easy — as this renascent Louisiana city is called — puts on quite a show for Chanukah, too.

What’s frying in New Orleans? It’s latkes, ubiquitous there during Chanukah, a few months before the city’s famed Mardi Gras.

New Name, New Project, New Orleans

04/03/2012
Staff Writer

Disaster relief experts know the story. In the wake of a catastrophe like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, a stricken city or town will be deluged with money, aid and attention that recedes all too soon when public sympathy weakens or is drawn elsewhere. Of course, there are exceptions.

Like movie star Brad Pitt, whose Make It Right nonprofit is rebuilding the city’s devastated Ninth Ward, a New York-based Jewish organization also has made a commitment to the Crescent City’s recovery.

A Bend the Arc loan will help transform this derelict structure into a high-quality health clinic.

Renamed Progressive Group, Bend The Arc, To Fund New Orleans Health Clinic

04/02/2012
Staff Writer

Disaster relief experts know the story. In the wake of a catastrophe like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, a stricken city or town will be deluged with money, aid and attention that recedes all too soon when public sympathy weakens or is drawn elsewhere. Of course, there are exceptions.

Like movie star Brad Pitt, whose Make It Right non-profit is rebuilding the city’s devastated Ninth Ward, a New York-based Jewish organization has made a commitment to the Crescent City’s recovery.

RNC Calls For 'United Israel Governed Under One Law For All People'

01/22/2012
JTA

The Republican National Committee adopted a resolution calling for "a united Israel governed under one law for all people."

The resolution passed last week at an RNC conference in New Orleans. Some liberal bloggers suggested that the resolution effectively called for a single state in Israel and the West Bank, with citizenship rights extended to all.

Alt Break New Orleans: Not So Big, Not So Easy.

02/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

When one mentions New Orleans to anyone who has been there, they generally respond with stupor-induced memories of the French Quarter and vague recollections of jazz.

Alex Rubin

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

11/16/2010
Editor and Publisher

One of the enduring images of Hurricane Katrina for the Jewish community of New Orleans, and well beyond, was of a kipah-wearing rescue worker, in waist-high water, carrying one of seven Torahs out of the sanctuary of the century-old Orthodox congregation, Beth Israel.

The Torahs did not make it; water-logged beyond repair, they ultimately were buried in the synagogue’s cemetery, along with 3,000 prayer books.

Gary Rosenblatt

Of Surveys And Kosher Beignets

I have to admit that at least half the time that I start those online “Survey Monkey” questionnaires, I get bored or distracted in the middle and never end up finishing them.

However, thanks to my undying loyalty to The Cause and my desire to win a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com, I just finished the Jewish Outreach Institute’s survey to assess the “needs and preferences of American Jews” (or at least the needs and preferences of those American Jews who like shopping at Amazon.com).

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