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Defying the governor but heeding the President, a Los Angeles synagogue opens its doors – Jewish Journal

| May 23, 2020

Mere hours after President Donald Trump called on governors to open places of worship, calling the institutions essential, one Los Angeles congregation pounced on the opportunity. In defiance of a California state ban on religious gatherings due to the potential spread of coronavirus, it opened for Friday night services

Houses of worship eager to reopen – The Daily Freeman

| May 23, 2020

KINGSTON, N.Y. Rabbi Yitzhak Hecht hopes to be able to hold in-person worship services at Congregation Agudas Achim on Lucas Avenue in time for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Shavuot, but he said a final decision won't be made until he's had the opportunity to consult with Ulster County leaders and medical professionals. Hecht is pleased the state has cleared the way for his synagogue and other houses of worship across the state to begin holding services again as thecoronaviruspandemic eases

God unleashed COVID-19 because he hates phone use in synagogues – Patheos

| May 23, 2020

THE closure of synagogues during the pandemic lockdown in Israel is Gods way of punishing Jews for using their cell phones during prayer. So says Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, above, the most senior non-hassidic, ultra-Orthodox rabbi in the world.

Trump Demands That Governors Reopen Houses of Worship – The New York Times

| May 23, 2020

Some White House officials suggest deaths are overcounted. Experts disagree

Houses Of Worship May Be Reopening, But I’ll Continue To Pray At Home. Where It’s Safe – WBUR

| May 23, 2020

There is so much I miss about going to Friday night Shabbat services at my temple,Temple Isaiah of Lexington, in suburban Boston. First, there are the greetings we receive.In the pre-pandemic world, our clergy stood at the doors leading to the sanctuary, offering hugs and pecks on the cheek. Our family has been members for more than a decade.

Trump criticized for praising ‘good bloodlines’ of Henry Ford, who promoted anti-Semitism – USA TODAY

| May 23, 2020

President Donald Trump says he wore a mask and goggles out of view of reporters while he was touring a Ford plant in Michigan. (May 21) AP Domestic President Donald Trump took heat on social media for praising the "good bloodlines" of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, who had a history of promoting anti-Semitic views

Dozens of windows shattered at synagogue in Peoria, Ill. – Cleveland Jewish News

| May 23, 2020

Police in Peoria, Ill., are investigating nine broken windows at a synagogue in the city.

Will Georgia pass a hate crimes bill in wake of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting? – FOX 5 Atlanta

| May 23, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery shooting sparks hate crime law debate Georgia is one of only four states without a hate crimes law.

N.J. gym owner used megaphone with white supremacist sticker, says it was handed to me. – NJ.com

| May 23, 2020

PREVIOUS: Defiant N.J. gym shut down by state, owners vow to sue Murphy The co-owner of a South Jersey gym at the center of an ongoing controversy about reopening used a megaphone labeled with a sticker from a noted white supremacist organization. His lawyer, however, told NJ Advance Media that Atilils Gym owner Ian A

Holy Jewish site of Esther and Mordechai set ablaze in Iran – reports – The Jerusalem Post

| May 23, 2020

BERLIN - National Director of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jonathan Greenblatt announced Friday on Twitter that the tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Iran was torched."Disturbing reports from Iran that the tomb of Esther & Mordechai, a holy Jewish site, was set afire overnight. We hope that the authorities bring the perpetrators of this antisemitic act to justice & commit to protecting the holy sites of all religious minorities in Iran, Greenblatt tweeted


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