Dear Fellow Congregants and Friends of Beth Israel,
Our humble synagogue flashed on the world scene just after August 29, 2005, as a Zaka volunteer was captured on film carrying our Torah scrolls out of our flooded sanctuary. Unfortunately, those scrolls could not be salvaged, and all seven of them, along with more than 3000 holy books were later buried in our cemetery here in New Orleans.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, nearly 10 feet of water poured in from the breach of the 17th Street Canal, destroying our synagogue, and scattering our community far and wide.
Yet, today, our 104 year old congregation has reconstituted itself; new Torahs have been gifted to us from around the country, fresh faces have moved to our city, our multi-generational community has been re-engaged, and we have re-established our unique role as a partner within our warm, inclusive community.
And we still need your support. Please consider a financial gift or join our congregation at the membership level of your choice. Partner with us as we rebuild our spiritual home.
All our blessings,