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In Baton Rouge, 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

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 returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF 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.