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In Baton Rouge, the two reform Jewish synagogues merge after years of discussion

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Unified Jewish Congregation of Baton Rouge
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Worshippers gather for services at Congregation B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge

Today on Louisiana Considered, we revisit an idea for a solar power recovery system for New Orleans neighborhoods. Then, we learn why Baton Rouge’s two reform Jewish synagogues decided to unify.

With oil prices volatile, many are reconsidering viable alternative fuel sources. We revisit a conversation with Devin DeWulf, founder of Krewe of Red Beans, about his idea for neighborhood solar hubs when the power goes down. And we hear an update on his grass roots project Get Lit, Stay Lit.

Back in January, Baton Rouge’s two reform Jewish synagogues, Congregation B’nai Israel and Congregation Beth Shalom, officially merged. WWNO’s Alana Schreiber spoke to the president of the new congregation, Dr. Steve Cavalier, about how this unification came together after years of discussion.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.