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Hurricane Katrina



UTICA, MS, Aug. 29 -- Close to 150 evacuees from New Orleans, including the residents of the Louise Davis Developmental Center for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities, are taking shelter at the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS. The camp was chosen as the designated evacuation site for the center after the 2004 hurricane season.

In addition to the staff and residents of the Center, some 75 members of Reform congregations from the New Orleans area are taking shelter at the camp, which is part of the Union for Reform Judaism.

“We have lots of food, power, and facilities to take care of everyone,” said Jonathan Cohen, director of the Jacobs Camp. “We’re well stocked, and are ready to ride out the storm.”

The Union for Reform Judaism has opened a disaster relief fund to help those who are affected by the storm. Donations may be made at




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