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| Atlanta Shuls Host Over 1000 Jewish Evacuees from Hurricane Irma

Zev Stub    
Tuesday, 12 September 11:26 AM

In Atlanta synagogues all over town welcomed more than 1,000 Jews who fled Florida and coastal Georgia ahead of Hurricane Irma, which forecasters called one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

The evacuees included everyone from pregnant young women to old men in wheelchairs. (Word quickly spread that one of the women had given birth to a baby boy after arriving in Atlanta.) They reflected the many faces of Jews from all backgrounds, from girls in blue jeans to guys in black hats.

Many invoked one word throughout the Shabbat of Hurricane Irma: Unity. Family hosts and guests became friends and played Jewish geography, discovering amazing coincidences of connection. For instance, the son of an Atlanta host had been roommates with the son-in-law of her Florida guest.

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