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Higher lung cancer risk seen with two new germline mutations – Reuters

| May 31, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two newly identified germline genetic variants are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. We were surprised by finding new variants that have not previously been associated with cancer or other diseases, Dr. Christopher I.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jacob Kornbluh, national politics reporter at Jewish Insider – Politico

| May 31, 2020

Whats a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesnt get enough attention?

Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed – Middle East Monitor

| May 31, 2020

It is ten years since a live broadcast from the Mediterranean on Aljazeera TV came to an abrupt end. On 31 May 2010 I was watching human rights activists on the MV Mavi Marmara laden with humanitarian supplies for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip describing their fears as the Israeli navy circled the ship ordering its Captain to change course. Moments later, the transmission was ended

Food From Around the World That You Can Make at Home – The Daily Meal

| May 31, 2020

Biryani (South Asia) JuliaKa/iStock via Getty Images Plus Biryani is a beloved rice dish from South Asia made with layers of meat typically goat or chicken and basmati rice mixed with spices. This recipe for Hyderabadi biryani, a regional variety from Hyderabad, India, is best eaten with some raita, or yogurt chutney, on the side. For the Hyderabadi Biryani recipe, click here.

Jews and Arabs share genetic link to ancient Canaanites, study finds – Haaretz

| May 31, 2020

Most of todays Jewish and Arabic-speaking populations share a strong genetic link to the ancient Canaanites, a study by an international team of archaeologists and geneticists has found. These modern-day groups in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and parts of Syria share a large part of their ancestry, in most cases more than half, with the people who lived in the Levant during the Bronze Age more than 3,000 years ago, the study concludes. The researchers also determined that the Canaanites who frequently appear in ancient sources, including the Bible descended from a mixture of an earlier Levantine population and migrants coming from the Caucasus region or northwestern Iran.

How Covid-19 Brought Me and My Hasidic Neighbors Together – Aish

| May 31, 2020

For years I felt rejected by my Hasidic neighbors. The pandemic changed all that

Two marquee Reform synagogues are in merger talks – and they wont be the last – Forward

| May 31, 2020

Two historic Reform synagogues in New York announced Thursday that they are entering merger talks. One is embroiled in a financial crisis made more pressing by the pandemic; the other is growing, but faces a $2 million shortfall due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. In email messages sent to their congregations Thursday afternoon, Congregation Beth Elohim the largest Reform temple in Brooklyn and Union Temple said that financial difficulties tied to the pandemic triggered the talks.

Woman in custody after houses of worship vandalized – Monitor

| May 31, 2020

Employees of the The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle cover the front doors to the basilica after graffiti was seen sprayed painted over night by vandals on Tuesday, May ,26, 2020 in San Juan.

Dozens of windows shattered at synagogue in Peoria, Ill. – Connecticut Jewish Ledger

| May 31, 2020

By Faygie Holt (JNS) Police in Peoria, Ill., are investigating nine broken windows at a synagogue in the city. Authorities believe the vandalism at Congregation Anshai Emeth, which houses the Hebrew Day School, occurred between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, when it was reported to law enforcement. It is under investigation by a detective, and at this point, there is no suspect information, said Officer Amy Dotson, public-information officer for the Peoria Police Department.

Cleveland Orthodox synagogues ready to open their (outside) doors – Cleveland Jewish News

| May 31, 2020

Orthodox synagogues in Greater Cleveland were set to begin meeting on site, some as early as erev Shavuos, which began the evening of May 28. The Vaad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland issued a May 19 statement giving autonomy to synagogues in making decisions about when and how to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic


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