Tisha B’Av Flood Relief Efforts

Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning in the Jewish calendar commemorating many tragedies that have occurred on this date throughout history. Tisha B’Av, which means “the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av” occurred in 2016 on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 13 & 14.

This Tisha B’Av, Baton Rouge faced unprecedented flooding. The region received up to two feet of rain in just a few days and overwhelmed the rivers, bayous and other drainage systems. As the waters rose, so did the needs of many, many friends and neighbors.

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At the end of the long day, Beth Shalom had donated, by the numbers:n Sunday, Aug. 14, after cancelling Tisha B’Av services Saturday night, some Beth Shalom congregants gathered at the synagogue to pull together needed supplies and cook and deliver hot food to a hastily opened shelter just around the corner from the synagogue.

500+ bottles of water
300 hot dogs & buns
200 PB&J sandwiches
100 orange chairs
20 lbs brisket
80 lbs jambalaya
LOTS OF diapers, baby wipes, dog food, toilet paper, bananas, oranges

See more photos from our relief efforts on our Facebook page.

On Monday, congregants gathered again to make jambalaya, veggie pasta, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We also purchased and delivered diapers, wipes, formula and more to that shelter. And we know many more of our congregants delivered supplies and volunteered on their own. Thank you to every one of you!

We will continue our relief efforts through both physical work, including food and clean-up, as well as a newly established fund to assist congregants, Rayner Learning Center staff and general community relief.