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After 75 years, Baton Rouge’s Beth Shalom synagogue will have its first female rabbi – The Advocate

| June 26, 2020

When Beth Shalom Synagogue began 75 years ago in Baton Rouge, women could not be rabbis in North America.

Holding out hope: Sumner Weinbaum’s intriguing hand sculpture in Portsmouth – The Union Leader

| June 26, 2020

A handful of years ago, I was walking down a sidewalk on State Street in Portsmouth when I noticed a small tree-lined courtyard tucked to the side of Temple Israel. On a sun-drenched summer day, the partially shaded alcove looked inviting against the backdrop of the historic brick synagogue and its arched glass windows. The small trees lining the stone walkway threw flickering shadows on a walkway of square paving stones and green plantings outside the synagogues adjacent community center.

Two restored Torah scrolls help Beth Shalom celebrate 75 years, return of in-person services – The Advocate

| June 26, 2020

When Beth Shalom Synagogue resumed in-person services June 12, those who attended had extra cause for celebration two of the synagogues Torah scrolls had returned as well. The scrolls, each older than Beth Shalom itself, had been sent for restoration in January. By the time they were ready, the coronavirus had caused the suspension of public gatherings.

My mom is white and my dad is black. Don’t call me a ‘Jew of Color.’ – Jewish Post

| June 26, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) As a biracial Jew, there is an expectation that I must have something to say in this historic moment. Unlike at any other time in my life, people are treating my opinion as though it deserves a stage, or a glass case for passersby to take in as they walk through a new exhibition on the lives of various Jews of Color.

‘I fear I’ll be isolating for years’: What it’s like to be at high risk of Covid-19 – The Daily Briefing

| June 26, 2020

David Andelmanexecutive director of the Red Lines Project and a 75-year-old, lifelong asthma patientis at high risk for complications and death if he develops Covid-19. And although states have lifted stay-at-home orders and relaxed social distancing guidelines, Andelman fears that he and millions of Americans like him will be locked down for the rest of their lives, he writes in an opinion piece published by CNN. At 75 years old, Andelman's age puts him at high risk for developing a severe case of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

What do we do with Art Hill statue of King Louis IX? – St. Louis Jewish Light

| June 26, 2020

The protest movement in the wake of police killings of African Americans that has targeted monuments to the Confederacy has also targeted statues of Christopher Columbus (including one in Tower Grove Park), Thomas Jefferson, a Texas Ranger (not one of those that lost a World Series to the Cardinals) and others.

COVID-19 claims Yeshiva University student with Down syndrome months before graduation – Cleveland Jewish News

| June 26, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) Right up to the end, the status message on Saadya Ehrenpreis WhatsApp profile read: Having the time of my life. And he was, Ahava Ehrenpreis said of her son, one of more than 110,000 lives claimed by COVID-19 in the United States so far

Another Year Done Gone – Courthouse News Service

| June 26, 2020

Another birthday gone, and when a old horse see the end of the track ahead, and already forgot how far back the gate was, he bound to ask himself, no matter what place he in: Why they keep whipping me?

SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY MOBILIZES TO COLLECT NEARLY 120,000 DIAPERS AND OTHER BABY ESSENTIALS FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS – The Jewish Voice

| June 26, 2020

Heeding a pressing need of families with young children for baby essentials since the coronavirus outbreak, of New Yorks Young Sephardic Women committee organized a donation drive that brought in nearly 120,000 diapers and other baby products, valued at nearly $40,000.

Pride Month isn’t the focus for LGBTQ Jews this year – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| June 26, 2020

(JTA) Rick Landman still remembers how nervous he felt.


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