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  • A Year after Sandy

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 29, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    I had just picked up the kids, and we were en route to their favorite after-school snack spot when we noticed the American flag flying over the post office. "Hey," my daughter asked, "why is the flag only halfway up the pole?" Because, I answered, it's the one-year anniversary of...

  • Sandy Hook, Sandy and the politics of learned helplessness

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 16, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    "We have got to get Michelle to make this her priority."

    It was my friend Judith, a wise woman, a mother and grandmother, on the phone from across the country, the evening of the day of the Newtown massacre, trying to figure out how to enlist the first lady in a campaign against...

  • 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...

  • Weeks after Sandy, enormity of human and economic costs are becoming clear

    November 20, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Kenny Vance's multimillion-dollar beach house has stood proudly on the Long Island shore and weathered all manner of storms since 1916. Then came Sandy.

    Vance, a 68-year-old musician who has lived in Belle Harbor, N.Y.,  for most of his life, was preparing  to perform on a cruise...

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  • Israeli volunteers head to N.Y. to help in Sandy relief efforts

    November 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    A delegation of Israeli volunteers is on its way to the New York area to assist the Jewish community in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    The volunteers, young adult Russian speakers, will be in New York for 10 days to assist the Jewish community, with a focus on Russian speakers,...

  • Berlin’s Jewish community offering help for Sandy victims

    November 6, 2012 | 9:46 am

    A Jewish woman in Berlin with family in hard-hit Staten Island, N.Y., started a clothing drive for those affected by superstorm Sandy.

    Bella Zchwiraschwili, an event manager, was moved to action after seeing what happened to her own aunts, uncles and cousins. Zchwiraschwili asked...

  • Peres sends letter to Obama in wake of Sandy

    November 1, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres expressed sympathy and friendship on behalf of the people of Israel to President Obama in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    In a letter sent to Obama Thursday, Peres wrote that he is "joined by the people of Israel in an expression of concern for the...

  • Where was God When Hurricane Sandy Struck?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 31, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    What was G-d thinking when he sent Hurricane Sandy and what could have been its purpose?

    In truth, I don’t much care, because our role as humans is not to understand G-d’s plan in the face of horror and tragedy, but to challenge God and demand that human life always be protected...

  • Tree felled by Sandy kills Jewish teacher, college student

    October 31, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.

    The pair were out walking a dog Monday night in the storm's high winds.

    The dead were identified by The New York Observer as Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, who worked as a high school teacher in the...

  • Jewish community bears impact of Hurricane Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    Less than a year into her job at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, N.Y., Rabbi Debbie Bravo sounded remarkably poised as she and her community faced one of their most powerful challenges together: Hurricane Sandy.

    Bravo’s land line was dead. When she picked up her cell phone...

  • East Coast crippled by massive storm, death toll climbs

    October 30, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages.

    The storm killed at least 40...

  • Flights between Israel and U.S. delayed due to Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Flights between Israel and the United States continue to be delayed as superstorm Sandy continues to batter America's northeast coast.

    Thousands of Israeli airline passengers had their flights to the United States canceled on Monday and Tuesday.

    Israelis trying to get home...

  • Jewish institutions remain closed due to Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy.

    Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane late Monday night, made landfall near Atlantic City Monday, with hurricane-force winds of up to 85 miles per hour and...

  • New Orleans Jewish institutions remain closed in face of tropical storm Isaac

    August 30, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    New Orleans Jewish institutions remained closed Thursday as the region continued to bear the torrential rains and winds of a new massive storm.

    Hurricane Isaac, now downgraded to a tropical storm, lashed the region in the past few days with winds up to 80 miles per hour and drove...

  • New Orleans Jewish institutions remain closed in face of tropical storm Isaac

    August 30, 2012 | 9:03 am

    New Orleans Jewish institutions remained closed Thursday as the region continued to bear the torrential rains and winds of a new massive storm.

    Hurricane Isaac, now downgraded to a tropical storm, lashed the region in the past few days with winds up to 80 miles per hour and drove...

  • Hurricane Irene takes a toll on Jewish community with three deaths, but institutions spared

    August 29, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    For some in the Jewish community, Hurricane Irene was a soggy inconvenience.

    But for others it became a moment to extend a helping hand—in at least three cases, tragically.

    David Reichenberg, a 50-year-old father of four from Spring Valley, N.Y., died while saving a father and his...

  • Borough Park woman vacationing in Catskills killed in Irene

    August 29, 2011 | 10:25 am

    A Borough Park woman is among the at least 16 killed by Hurricane Irene’s six-state onslaught.

    Leah Stern, a Jewish woman reportedly in her 70s, was trapped in the Valkyrian Motel in Fleischmann’s, New York, approximately 140 miles north of New York City, when the motel was uprooted...

  • Irene downgraded as four million without power

    August 28, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    At least four million people are without power and nine dead in the United States in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

    The streets of New York City remained deserted on Sunday, as public transportation remained shut down, and the storm hit...

  • New York takes unprecedented steps ahead of Irene

    August 26, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    New York City on Friday ordered the evacuation of more than 250,000 people and prepared to shut down its entire mass transit system, both unprecedented measures ahead of the expected battering from Hurricane Irene.

    The powerful and unusually large storm trudged up the U.S. East...

  • Destroyed New Orleans synagogue to break ground

    April 16, 2010 | 10:52 am

    A New Orleans synagogue destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will break ground on a new building.

    Congregation Beth Israel, a century-old congregation destroyed by the 2005 storm, will mark the occasion on Sunday at a new location five miles from its former home.

    “Since Katrina, our...

  • UJC seeks donations for hurricane victims

    September 16, 2008 | 7:42 pm

    United Jewish Communities begun a campaign for donations to help in the recovery from recent hurricanes.

    The umbrella organization of North America’s Jewish federation system is urging the 157 federations and 400 independent Jewish communities it serves to contribute to the effort,...

  • Realities of poverty and devastation in the Katrina-affected Gulf are still unchanged

    By Mitchell A. Kamin

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's a long way from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills to the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plaquemines Parish, La., and the divide is more than geographic.

    Having participated in the Milken Conference in April and traveled to Plaquemines two weeks later, I...
  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • 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...

  • The Road to Mississippi

    By Sophia Kamran

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Driving through the deserted streets of New Orleans, we peered through the windows of our charter bus and watched as we drove past miles of destroyed homes. As we approached our destination, Waveland, Miss., the houses became increasingly tattered and decayed; on some lots, only...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A World of Food

    World Ethnic Market/KosherWorld Show manager Phyllis Koegel presented a Buyer of the Year Award to Tamara Dorrell, Safeway manager, national categories, ethnic. The World Ethnic Market was held recently at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    L.A. Helps the Gulf

    Four...

  • Class Notes - Hurricane Heroes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Rose Isenberg had a sure-fire marketing plan and a product no one could object to. So the fact that she took in hundreds of dollars in a few hours wouldn't be surprising -- if she weren't 7 years old.

    In the days before her lemonade sale to raise money for victims of Hurricane...

  • The Year Ahead

    By Abby Gilad

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We have had a sad ending to 5765 -- devastating hurricanes and a continuing war in Iraq. Here is a blessing for the New Year, 5766: May we all experience an end to war and a new beginning for the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and all those who have suffered. And...

  • We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It is not in our hands to explain the prosperity of the wicked or even the sufferings of the righteous." So said Rabbi Yannai in the Mishna some 2,000 years ago. The Talmud (Kiddushin 39b) insists "there is no reward for mitzvot in this world." We have had a long time to read and...

  • Fundraiser to Benefit Storm Victims

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday, September 18th!

    LALA & MOE'S

    Jewish Experience & The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Present:

    LA Jewish Katrina Benefit

    All Proceeds To Benefit Jewish Federation's Hurricane Relief Fund

    Featuring:

    The Moshav Band

    Comic Relief by:

    Edgar Fox
    Avi Leiberman
    Plus...

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