Australia’s Refusal to Build Synagogue Victory for Terror – Aish

| August 6, 2017

Just one day after Australian security forces foiled a major terror plot to bring down a passenger jet, an Australian court handed a resounding victory to other would-be terrorists who seek to destroy Australias open way of life.

A Sydney suburb bans construction of a synagogue because of terrorism fears – Washington Post

| August 6, 2017

A Sydney suburb has banned the construction of a synagogue because it could be a terrorist target, a decision that has infuriated religious leaders. The temple was to be built in Bondi, a short walk from Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. But locals worried that the space would pose a security risk to nearby residents, motorists and pedestrians.

Kevin Myers’ eager critics should feel ashamed of themselves – Spectator.co.uk (blog)

| August 6, 2017

I have been out of the country for a little while, doing my bit to support the Greek economy. I return to find a most surprising subject for the latest two minutes of hate. Lest anyone think Im just carrying water for a friend I suppose I should say at the outset that I dont know Kevin Myers, and dont believe Ive ever met him.

Who owns America’s oldest synagogue? It’s a 350-year-old argument – The Times of Israel

| August 6, 2017

NEW YORK (JTA) The story of Americas oldest synagogue, as told by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, is the story of American Jewish history. Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Souter wrote, was built in the 1700s by Sephardic merchants whose community then declined. In the late 1800s, Eastern European Jews arrived in the area, occupied the building and have used it to this day

Who owns America’s oldest synagogue? Two historic congregations … – Haaretz

| August 6, 2017

The courtroom fight over Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island is a primer on nearly 400 years of American Jewish history The story of Americas oldest synagogue, as told by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, is the story of American Jewish history.

The Meaning of Some Common Sephardic Last Names – Aish

| August 6, 2017

Whereas most Ashkenazi surnames are of relatively recent origin, Spanish Jews have used family names since medieval times and are used by their descendants to this very day. Although Sephardi and Ashkenazi names are distinctly different, many times they mean the same thing. For instance, the Italian surname of Montefiore is identical in meaning to the German surname Bloomberg, both of which mean mountain of flowers

Nazi Swastika Spray Painted Outside Jewish Synagogue – CBS Local

| August 6, 2017

August 5, 2017 3:28 PM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) Police in Colorado Springs are looking for someone who sprayed Nazi graffiti on a sign outside a Jewish synagogue. (credit: KKTV) It happened sometime late Thursday night at the Temple Beit Torah north of downtown Colorado Springs.