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Synagogues Think About Reopening – The Jewish News

| June 6, 2020

Perhaps its because pikuach nefesh, the saving of life, is the ultimate Jewish value overriding all other commandments except the prohibitions against murder, idolatry and sex crimes that few synagogues and temples in the Detroit area are reopening for services. And perhaps its because Orthodox congregations have not, in general, held services using Zoom or other remote access programs certainly not on the Sabbath or holidays when they do not use electricity that they have been the first to restart in-person services. Michigans Orthodox Vaad HaRabonim, or rabbis council, issued a letter May 21 providing guidelines congregations can use to safely start minyanim assemblies of at least 10 for services, noting that specifics should depend on the size and layout of each synagogue and the age and risk factors of members.

Nearly half the Jewish sites in Syria have been ruined. The fate of most Iraqi sites is unknown. – JTA News

| June 6, 2020

(JTA) Nearly half the Jewish sites in Syria and a quarter of the sites in Iraq have been destroyed, according to a research project. In Iraq, at least 68 out of 297 Jewish heritage sites have deteriorated to the point that they are beyond repair, the London-based Jewish Cultural Heritage Initiative said in its report, published earlier this week. In Syria, at least 32 out of 71 such sites have crossed the point of no return, the report said.

Sunday Mass could return this weekend in Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times

| June 6, 2020

As houses of worship across the country grapple with how to welcome back believers following the coronavirus shutdown, the Chicago-area faithful could be returning for mass at dozens of Catholic churches this Sunday. About 80 parishes have been cleared by Chicagos local arm of the Catholic Church to enter its next reopening phase, which allows for regular masses for larger groups, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Keeping the spirit: Religious groups adapt to COVID-19 but challenges persist – Medill Reports: Chicago

| June 6, 2020

By Jake HollandMedill Reports Instead of preaching to a live crowd, replete with white-haired parishioners and toddlers wobbling up and down the nave, Pastor Ryan Kapple has found himself facing the empty pews, delivering sermons via livestream to no one in particular.

Why Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism | Nadav Lawrence | The Blogs – The Times of Israel

| June 6, 2020

For many on the Left, the term anti-Zionism has become a badge of honor, the real test of whether someone is really on the Left or not. The flag-bearers of the term brand Zionism and the State of Israel as settler-colonialism. In doing so, either through ignorance or intent, they cross the line into anti-Semitism

To understand Zionism, we must listen to the voices of its victims – +972 Magazine

| June 6, 2020

Last month, Felix Klein, Germanys Commissioner for the Fight against Antisemitism, accused the eminent Cameroonian historian and philosopher Achille Mbembe of antisemitism.

This antifa group was also Zionist, pro-Palestinian and Yiddish-speaking and its trending – Forward

| June 6, 2020

Read this article in Yiddish Antifa is in the air.

The Relevance of Liberal-Nationalism Today – The Media Line

| June 6, 2020

Date and time: Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 8:30-9:30 pm Israel Daylight Time (UTC+3) Register here. We are concluding this lecture series with a look at the overarching political philosophy of Zeev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin, combining national pride and identity with classical liberal values, with special guest, former government minister Dan Meridor. Following on from his previous lecture, in which he argued for Zionism as an example of a liberal form of nationalism, Begin Center Senior Fellow Paul Gross will be discussing the specific ideas of liberal-nationalism and how they could be employed to solve the contemporary crisis of democracy

Polish journalist calls Jews ‘ruthless’ and the Holocaust ‘a myth’ in new book – Jewish News

| June 6, 2020

A Polish antisemitism watchdog is calling out right-wing journalist Rafal Ziemkiewicz over his latest book, which calls Jews ruthless and the Holocaust a myth.

Heres what you need to know about the anti-fascist group Antifa – The Jerusalem Post

| June 6, 2020

On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted that The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization. In a series of tweets, he has blamed Antifa for much of the property destruction accompanying the protests of George Floyds death at the hands of police.


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