Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Baton Rouge Jews Help Louisiana Flood Victims

— Baton Rouge’s newly-opened Chabad House launched an emergency fundraising campaign for thousands of people affected  by the massive floods that swept across Louisiana.

At least five people perished and more than 20,000 people have been rescued in Louisiana amid floods that began Friday due to heavy rainfall. The deluge brought 6 to 10 inches of rainfall to the southeast parts of the state. Several more inches fell Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which warned floods may spread to Texas.

“People have lost their homes, cars, are out of work, and need food, clothing and shelter,” read the fundraising appeal posted Monday by Baton Rouge Beit Chabad, which opened last year, on their website.“ Some members of the Jewish community of Baton Rouge also “have seen major devastation,” said the appeal for the fundraising drive, whose goal is $25,000. “It is our job to reach out and help in any way we can.”

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana.

The local Chabad community, headed by Rabbi Peretz Kazen, said it will use donations “to help with immediate things such as food and clothing for people, as well as funding to help people get setup with temporary apartments or pay for hotels while they deal with their home clean up,” the text read. Many of the flood victims “have been shocked by the loss of everything,” read the appeal, which urged readers to “come together as a community, as we have seen in the past, and help out a fellow person.”

The Beth Shalom Jewish Reform congregation of Baton Rouge cancelled its Shabbat reception because of the torrential rains and its service for Tisha b’Av, a day of mourning that ended Sunday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm. Everyone, please do your best to stay safe and heed warnings from your local authorities,” the congregation’s website read.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.