Even as the aid efforts continue and the rebuilding work begins for those whose lives were uprooted by Hurricane Ian a little more than a week ago, Jewish life has not stopped at Chabad of Venice, Fla.—bringing a much-needed sense of normalcy, continuity and hope to many who have never experienced a natural disaster of these proportions.
In recent days, from emotionally-charged Yom Kippur services to a sorrowful funeral and preparations for the joyous festival of Sukkot, Jewish life in Venice goes on with the help of Chabad directors Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chaya Rivka Schmerling
The following pictures were taken for Chabad.org by photographer Tzemach Weg, who flew down to Florida soon after the hurricane struck the state and has served as one of many volunteers helping with rescue and relief efforts.
Photos were taken before the outset and following the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
This article has been republished with permission from Chabad.org