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Politics and Government

Florence Schornstein

As director of New Orleans’s Parks and Parkways Department, Florence Shornstein mobilized the community to replant the lush greenery that helped define the city.

Madalyn Schenk

An education reformer who helped spearhead preschool programs for NCJW and United Way, Schenk focused her attention after Katrina on rebuilding schools.

Julie Wise Oreck

A fifth-generation New Orleans native, Julie Wise Oreck struggled to accept her community scattering in the wake of Katrina.

Sandy Levy

Having fought for decades to preserve the architecture of New Orleans, Sandy Levy was uniquely suited to help the city rebuild after the storm.

Ruth Kullman

As president of Touro Synagogue, Ruth Kullman focused on keeping her community together after Katrina.

Lis Kahn

A Danish immigrant, Lis Kahn lost many of her keepsakes from her first life in the storm.

Jackie Gothard

A third-generation New Orleans native and the first female president of Congregation Beth Israel, Jackie Gothard worked tirelessly to restore the synagogue and bring the community back together.

Deena Gerber

As executive director of the Jewish Family Service, Deena Gerber helped survivors navigate New Orleans’s shattered infrastructure and access social services after the storm.

Julie Wise Oreck on the Jewish Community after Katrina, July 2, 2007

Julie Wise Oreck, interviewed by Rosalind Hilton in 2007, on a surprising result of Hurricane Katrina: the Jewish community pulled together to rebuild, breaking down long-established barriers between organizations.
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Julie Wise Oreck, interviewed by Rosalind Hilton in 2007, on a surprising result of Hurricane Katrina: the Jewish community pulled together to rebuild, breaking down long-established barriers between organizations.

Sandy Levy on Her Feelings of Security after Hurricane Katrina, 2006

Although she rallied and helped rebuild her community after Hurricane Katrina, the storm shattered Sandy Levy's illusions of security and stability. Sandy was interviewed on October 3, 2006
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Although she rallied and helped rebuild her community after Hurricane Katrina, the storm shattered Sandy Levy's illusions of security and stability. Sandy was interviewed on October 3, 2006

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