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Both during the immediate crisis and in the months of rebuilding that came after, Jewish women of all ages took on leadership roles to help their communities, from a retiree overseeing aid efforts to a new synagogue president determined to empower others in her community. Our narrators reveal what made them take on sometimes staggering responsibilities, and the ways they found to keep their sanity—and their senses of humor—despite their demanding roles.

First Thoughts Post-Hurricane Katrina

Helping Hands


Dealing with Post-Hurricane Katrina Chaos

Sharing Power

Organizing Aid after Hurricane Katrina


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Leadership." (Viewed on December 9, 2023) <https://jwa.org/communitystories/katrina/themes/leadership>.


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