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Brush fire caught early at Walnut Creek synagogue J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| June 12, 2020

A brush fire broke out on the property of Congregation Bnai Shalom in Walnut Creek around 6 p.m. June 7, the synagogue said.

Defying their own dire projection, the Orthodox Jewish community of Antwerp has weathered the coronavirus surprisingly well – JTA News

| June 12, 2020

(JTA) Most of the 20,000 or so haredi Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, live close to one another in a centrally located neighborhood, an area of about 20 narrow streets that borders the citys main railroad station. While many Orthodox communities around the world have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic to gather minyans groups of 10 or more worshippers required by Jewish law to recite certain public prayers many Antwerp Jews developed a hack to do so: gathering on their apartment balconies. For months, the Jewish neighbors have recited prayers with each other from balcony to balcony

We Orthodox Jews have been largely complacent about racism. It’s time to change that. – JTA News

| June 12, 2020

DALLAS (JTA) Before COVID-19, when my community convened every Shabbat at our synagogue here, two men stood at opposite ends of the property wearing Kevlar vests and holding makeshift nylon shields. These shields covered the mens long automatic rifles so that our communitys children wouldnt face heavy firearms every time they ambled into services.

ADVICE: ‘I can’t finish my conversion because of Covid’ – The Jewish News of Northern California

| June 12, 2020

Dear Dawn: After I formally prepared for more than a year, my beit din and mikvah were going to be scheduled for this spring. Now they are postponed because of the shutdown. Im grateful for many things, and I continue to study.

Jewish community has been a lifeline to me as a mother. It’s time to return the favor. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| June 12, 2020

When I moved from New York to San Francisco more than 20 years ago, the only person I knew was my hubby.

Diverse online offerings to watch this weekend – DC Metro Theater Arts

| June 12, 2020

Even though its remote, you can still keep your connection to the theater strong with a diverse selection of virtual offerings this weekend.

Despite the pandemic, there’s a lot of shakin’ going on in Canterbury – Concord Monitor

| June 12, 2020

Less than a month after Leslie Nolan was named executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, the world changed. That meant Nolan had fallen into that unique, scary category, the one that forced new bosses brand new bosses to change strategy on the fly as the pandemic began moving.

The 45 Best Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend: June 11-14, 2020 – TheStranger.com

| June 12, 2020

This Friday (June 12), Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is encouraging you to take the day off, if you can, to familiarize yourself with elected officials and to educate yourself on systemic racism in America. Whether that means participating in the Silent March at Judkins Park or taking action from home by donating to antiracist causes, there's tons of ways to show up for your local black and brown communities. Read on for this weekend's BLM-focused protests and demonstrations, virtual events amplifying black voices, and other happenings (like the Seattle International Dance Festival and a Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony in White Center).

Why Netanyahu may be relieved if annexation plan is scaled back – Arab News

| June 12, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trapped in a labyrinth of his own making. He still sees a historic opportunity that cant be missed to go ahead with his plan to do something that no previous premier has dared: To annex territories in the West Bank. The opportunity being the fact that US President Donald Trumps proposed peace plan allows him to annex major chunks of Palestinian land, including the Jordan Valley.

What’s The Future Of Political Religious Zionism? Interviews with a Former MK and the Founder of Arutz Sheva – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| June 12, 2020

Photo Credit: Miri Tzachi / Wikimedia Commons Moti Yogev served as a colonel in the IDF and Knesset Member for the Jewish Home Party for seven years. Considered one of the leaders of the Religious Zionist community, he also headed the Bnei Akiva youth movement. When placed 11th on the Yamina list for the 2020 elections, he resigned from politics, maintaining that the leaders of the dati-leumi community had lost their way, placing personal ambitions above Religious Zionist ideology.


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