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Summer Speaker Series
Rabbi Bailey Romano, Director of Education at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA, researched the work of three rabbis in Galveston, Memphis, and New Orleans during the 19th and and early 20th centuries, in her thesis, “Who by Fire and Who by Water: Rabbinical Responses to Select Epidemics and Natural Disasters in American Jewish History.” Her work extends the relatively new field of disaster history into an overlooked aspect of rabbinical leadership and service. During her 45-minute presentation, Rabbi Romano, whose personal experience of Hurricane Katrina inspired this work, will delve into the disaster responses of Rabbi Max Samfield in Memphis and Rabbi James K. Gutheim in New Orleans, Louisiana during major yellow fever outbreaks the 19th century; Rabbi Henry Cohen during the devastating Hurricane and Flood of 1900 in Galveston, Texas; concluding with an analysis of Rabbi Robert Loewy's rabbinic response to Hurricane Katrina and his perspectives on what we can learn from COVID-19.

Aug 6, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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