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  • Up to their ankles in rubble

    January 15, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    Cathy Carpenter, 61, remembers waking up to massive shaking the morning of the Northridge earthquake. In her family’s home in Tarzana, almost all of the kitchen cabinets were flung off the walls, and the aftershock blew out the windows and broke the ceiling beams that supported the...

  • Rescuers search Oklahoma tornado town ruins as recovery starts

    May 22, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Rescue workers with sniffer dogs picked through the ruins of an Oklahoma town on Wednesday to ensure no survivors remained buried after a deadly tornado left thousands homeless and trying to salvage what was left of their belongings.

    "Yesterday I was numb. Today I cried a lot....

  • Bill granting FEMA funds to Sandy-damaged shuls sparks uncharacteristic Jewish response

    February 19, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    How essential is a house of worship to a neighborhood?

    That’s the crux of a question now exercising Congress as a bill advances that would provide direct relief to synagogues and churches damaged by superstorm Sandy last October.

    The bill, which passed the U.S. House of...

  • Chanukah lessons in a post-Sandy world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 5, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Late last month, I was in Breezy Point, the isolated beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., that has become an iconic image for the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Breezy Point was hit full force twice — first by the storm’s surge and then immediately after by a fire that consumed...

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  • Building Homes, Building Hope

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The prophet Isaiah asks: "What is the house which you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?" (Isaiah 66:1). In the days following the Easter and Passover holidays, 41 Angelenos traveled to the Gulf Coast to translate their faith into action. We were rabbis and...

  • Their Spirit Survives

    By Richard Sherman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was hard to be in Los Angeles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, perhaps the biggest natural disaster in our history. I had some previous Red Cross training, and, with some additional fast-track prep on disaster response, I was on my way to Louisiana -- first by plane to...

  • Response a Disgrace—Not a Tragedy

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We will be admonished not to make politics out of tragedy, but we have a responsibility to figure out what went wrong with the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Today, far too often, tragedy is employed as an incantation to ward off responsibility. (Try Googling the phrase, "The events...