Special High Holy Day Worship for New Orleans Evacuees in Baton Rouge
Worship Begins at 8 p.m. Monday, October 3, at the UnitarianChurch
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 storms aftermath.
The community is invited to worship at other times with Congregation Beth Shalom, which will be worshipping at the JeffersonBaptistChurch due to the damage to the congregations sanctuary, and Congregation Bnai Israel, where services will be led by the clergy of TempleSinai, 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 UnitarianChurch, 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
CONGREGATION BETH SHALOM 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
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
CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL 3354 Kleinert Ave
Rabbi Ed Cohn and Cantor Joel Colman of TempleSinai in New Orleans will be leading worship at Congregation B'nai Israel. Members of TempleSinai 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