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Rabbi Robert Loewy,

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Special High Holy Day Worship for New Orleans Evacuees in Baton Rouge

Worship Begins at 8 p.m. Monday, October 3, at the Unitarian Church



Sept. 28, Baton Rouge--he Jewish community of Greater New Orleans that is now making Baton Rouge its home is invited to special Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at The Unitarian Church that will include special prayers and meditations focusing on the storm’s aftermath.


The community is invited to worship at other times with Congregation Beth Shalom, which will be worshipping at the Jefferson Baptist Church due to the damage to the congregation’s sanctuary, and Congregation B’nai Israel, where services will be led by the clergy of Temple Sinai, New Orleans.


Rabbi Robert Loewy, spiritual leader of Gates of Prayer in Metairie, said evacuees, many of whom have lost their homes, need to be able to gather as a community.


“During the evening worship, New Orleans Jews will be able to connect with each other and our whole community,” he said. “Sharing daytime services with the Houston community allows us to express our gratitude for the way we have been embraced here."


The joint worship is a result of the collaboration of the clergy of the New Orleans congregations, which will alternate between Baton Rouge and Houston, where similar worship is planned. In addition, joint worship services are planned for Rosh Hashanah morning services at Touro Synagogue and Yom Kippur day services at Gates of Prayer. 


The Union for Reform Judaism, the umbrella organization for all Reform synagogues in North America, is underwriting the cost of the joint services and has arranged for the delivery of prayer books and other essential items for the service.


Worship in Baton Rouge will be as follows:


JOINT WORSHIP The special services at the Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd, are as follows:

Rosh Hashanah, October 3 - 8 p.m.
The Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd
Evening Service led by Rabbi Andrew Busch and Cantor Seth Warner, Touro Synagogue

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre, October 12 -
The Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd
Kol Nidre Service led by Rabbi Bob Loewy and Cantorial Soloist Victoria Cohen May, Gates of Prayer



Due to the damage from Hurricane Rita, Congregation Beth Shalom will be worshipping at Jefferson Baptist Church, 9135  Members of congregations from areas affected by the storm are welcome to join the congregation for worship.

October 3: Erev Rosh Hashanah
Services 8:00 PM

October 4
9 a.m. Children's service
10 a.m. Service
2:30 P.M. Tashlich
8:00p Services

October 5
10 a.m. Services
12:30 p.m. Luncheon

3354 Kleinert Ave

Rabbi Ed Cohn and Cantor Joel Colman of Temple Sinai in New Orleans will be leading worship at Congregation B'nai Israel. Members of Temple Sinai are invited to join the congregation.

October 3: Erev Rosh Hashanah
Services at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

October 4
9 a.m. young family
10 a.m Adult worship



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