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New Mexican (Newspaper) - September 26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE SEPfEMBER 26 2005 MONDAY We all have a place to pray Shem Linger a member of Temple Beit Tikva FINDS A HOME Lara New Mexican Michael Under left carries the Torah alongside Rabbi Meir Benohoe during their fivemile walk to the new Temple Beit Tikva on Old Pecos Trail from Lutheran Church of the Servant where Beit Tikva congregants had met for 1O years Thirtynine people took part in the walk 39 congregants of Beit Tikva walk with Torahs to their new temple By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican ike Moses and his flock wan dering through the desert the Congregation Beit Tikva i finally found home Thirtynine congregants walked down Rodeo Road on Sunday car rying the temples Torahs to its new home L on Old Pecos Trail a little more than five miles away Albert Natharison who carried the larg est of five Torahs for about five blocks said the walk demonstrated the determi nation and resiliency of the congregation The Torah he carried gets heavy after he said But I like to think its heavy both physically and The one Nathanson carried weighed about 40 pounds The Torah is the five books of Moses the same text as the first five books of the Christian Bible and are handwritten in Hebrew The scroll is adorned in cloth and never touched by hand Beit Tifcya which means House of Hope in Hebrew split off from Temple Please see HOME Page A6 50 CENTS Jerry Associated Press Ted Toups left retrieves clothing from his flooded home in Erath on Sunday Helping him is his brother Charles HURRICANE RITA Death toll low Two deaths blamed directly on storm flooding extensive along TexasLouisiana border By Julia Silverman The Associated Press PERRY La One by one they traveled through the floodwaters to get their first glimpse at what happened to their homes their towns and what once were fields of rice and sugarcane They came back with stories of INSIDE flooding to the rooftops stilts where their houses once stood coffins and refrigerators bobbing in the water and expressions of relief that they evacuated before Hurricane Rita rolled in All I got now is my kids and my Tracy Savage said Sun day And for the 33yearold diesel mechanic from rural Vermilion Parish that was enough Weve never had this much water weve just never seen As the misery wrought by Hurricane Rita came into clearer view particularly in the hardhit marshy towns along the TexasLouisiana line the lasting signs that emerged a day after the storms 120mph land Please see RITA Page A5 Experts say Rita exposes evacuation prob Latest devel opments of Hur ricane Rita Page A5 Survivor nurse describe bus fire that killed 23 evacuees Page A6 AFFORDABLE HOUSING Teacher wise paying dividends for SF schools Program has helped 44 district employees buy a home By John Sena The New Mexican Cheryl Kennedy doesnt like to think about aM the money she has spent on rent over the years paying someone elses mort gage The Ortiz Middle School specialeduca tion teacher is not bitter about her renting experiences some landlords were good others not so good but she is glad she now has a place to call her own I really didnt think it was possible I 1 didnt think Id ever buy a Kennedy said sitting in the dining room of her new southside home Because of a program that helps Santa Fe Public Schools employees figure out their financial situation find an affordable home and provide funds for a down payment Kennedy is one of 44 school employees who has bought a home The program Teacherwise is a coopera tive program between the school district and Homewise a Santa Febased orga nization In addition to the 44 employees who have already purchased a home six more are under contract to buy and 13 are buyerready and looking for a home The success of the program has garnered for Homewise the Government Service Award from Neighborworks America a national nonprofit organization that pro vides financial support technical assistance and training for communitybased revital Please see TEACHERWISE Page A6 Ariel Sharon What his supporters claimed was an intentional electricity outage Sunday prevented the Israeli prime minister from speaking at a Likud Party meeting Sharon faces key vote Hamas leader announces end of rocket attacks against Israel By Dion Nissenbaum Knight Ridder Newspapers TEL AVIV Israel With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promis ing that the Israeli military would have free reign to strike back at Palestinians targeting Israel from Gaza the Palestin ian group Hamas announced Sunday that it was ending its campaign of rocket attacks on Israel But another group Islamic Jihad vowed revenge for Israels deadly rocket strike on one of its leading commanders and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas responded by canceling a meet ing with Sharon set for next week The developments came on the eve of a crucial political vote that could splinter Sharons government over last months Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Hamas had launched dozens of home made rockets at Israeli communities during the weekend Israeli forces moved swiftly in response staging air strikes in the Gaza Strip and rounding up more than 200 suspected militants in the West Bank including several candidates running in this weeks local elections Israel also targeted suspected bombmaking fac tories weapons storehouses an Islamic school and two Hamas militants who were killed while driving in Gaza City Sunday night the Israeli military killed a top Islamic Jihad military com mander Mohammed Khalil believed responsible for deadly attacks on Israeli soldiers and Gaza Strip settlers in recent years Hamas in announcing a halt on attacks said it had made its point while Islamic Jihad vowed revenge for KhaliTs Please see VOTE Page A6 AMBUSH SPARKS NEW VIOLENCE Gunmen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada alSadropen fire or Iraqi patrol PageA4 ORGULLOCHICANO A la compania Chicanobulit lo que le importa es el exito de los artistas locales ADAM DOES IT AGAIN FOR PATS 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