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Anti-Semitic Crime In The U.S. Reaches Record Levels – WBUR

| May 14, 2020

An arson at a Needham synagogue and vandalism at a Fall River cemetery contributed to a record high number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S last year. The Anti-Defamation League says there were 2,107 hate crimes against Jewish people nationwide in 2019, according to the organization's annual survey. That's the highest the number since the ADL began tallying hate crimes in 1979.

Wait to Resume Services, Then Proceed Carefully, Orthodox Jews Are Told Detroit Jewish News – The Jewish News

| May 14, 2020

By Marcy Oster (JTA) When Rabbi Moshe Hauer last week told Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top health advisor, that synagogues wouldnt let congregants sit within 8 feet of each other once services resume, he wasnt just making a joke about Jews tendency toward closeness

Will the Synagogues be open for Shavuot and Rosh Hashanah? – The Times of Israel

| May 14, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Synagogues could reopen for High Holy Days Dir

Conservative movement allows livestreaming on Shabbat and holidays during pandemic – JTA News

| May 14, 2020

(JTA) The Conservative movement issued a ruling allowing congregations to livestream services on Shabbat and holidays during the coronavirus pandemic. Noting the unprecedented time brought on by the virus, the movements Jewish law authorities voted Wednesday to allow livestreaming with a number of caveats, including that the equipment be set up in advance or that a timer be used to avoid the active use of electricity on Shabbat and holidays, when it is traditionally forbidden. The Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards adopted the ruling by a vote of 19 in favor, three against, and three abstentions.

High holidays will be socially distanced, rabbis say – Forward

| May 14, 2020

About 2,000 years ago, Judaism swapped animal sacrifice for prayer. This fall, it will face another challenge that, while not quite on the order of the destruction of the Second Temple, is still historic: How to conduct the faiths holiest and best-attended services while maintaining enough physical distance between congregants to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As Officials Ease Coronavirus Restrictions, Synagogues Show Caution – Going beyond the letter of the law to protect life – Chabad.org

| May 14, 2020

As countries and U.S. states slowly begin to lift restrictions and prepare for a new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, synagogues are showing caution and restraint, focusing on ensuring that they do whatever is necessary to protect human life. Even though according to the letter of the law in Idaho, it became permissible to hold in-person services as of May, on the advice of medical professionals in our community and rabbinic input, we have decided not to open up, Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz, who co-directs Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho with his wife Esther, told Chabad.org.

Marcia Waitzman, 88, West Orange, N.J – Involved with her synagogue and community affairs – Chabad.org

| May 14, 2020

A proud member of her community, Marica Waitzman passed away during Passover in an assisted-living facility home in New Jersey after complications due to COVID-19. Born in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was very involved with her synagogue and community affairs.

Back to school … and shule The Australian Jewish News – The Australian Jewish News

| May 14, 2020

THE Sydney Beth Din (SBD) has issued guidelines for the recommencement of synagogue services in NSW, advising they reconvene under strict conditions on the first and second days of Shavuot (May 29 and 30). The guidelines, issued on Wednesday afternoon, state that services will be made up of 10 people; anyone aged 70 and over may not attend; preference will be given to mourners and those commemorating yahrzeit; and each attendee will be required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times. The statement also reiterates that minyanim are categorically not permitted in homes inside or outside.

Reform movement cuts staff by 20%, citing existential threat – Forward

| May 14, 2020

Sam Kestenbaum Temple Emanu-El, a mammoth synagogue overlooking Central Park, is widely seen as the liberal heart of the Reform movement.

Efry Levy Azizoff, 66, Milan, Italy – The man with the ‘warm smile’ at the Noam synagogue – Chabad.org

| May 14, 2020

Efry Levy Azizoff passed away on March 30 after contracting COVID-19. From a young age, Azizof forged his own path


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