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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.

Back to shul: Worshipers return to houses of prayer for first time in 2 months – The Times of Israel

| May 22, 2020

Religious worshipers returned to synagogues, mosques and churches for the first time in almost two months Wednesday morning, as houses of prayer across the country reopened under new coronavirus guidelines.

Missouri’s old in-person voting rules risks lives. My Jewish faith supports life and absentee voting. – NBC News

| May 22, 2020

For as long as I can remember I understood that religious observance entailed obligation.

Receiving the Torah This Shavuot in Living Rooms Around the World – Tips on how to read the Ten Commandments at home, inspiration for the holiday,…

| May 22, 2020

Even as the world takes baby steps towards reopening the economy and returning to a semblance of business as usual, its clear that many will remain shut in for some time and that many communal institutions, including some synagogues, will remain closed for the foreseeable future. To serve those shut in for Shavuot, which begins this year at sunset on Thursday, May 28 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, May 30, the Chabad.org editorial team has created a cornucopia of tools and resources to help them celebrate and relive the Sinai experience in their own living rooms

Cops break up ‘large gathering’ at Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn – New York Post

| May 21, 2020

The NYPD broke up a gathering of about 100 people at a Brooklyn synagogue Wednesday morning while responding to a 311 complaint, police and the mayors office said. The officers responded to a call shortly before 8 a.m. at the Congregation Yetev Lev Satmar Ohel Feiga on South 8th Street near Bedford Avenue and found the gathering, according to cops.

Joy, fear and sorrow mix for Italian Jews returning to synagogue J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| May 21, 2020

The tables were still covered with open copies of the Book of Esther when Rabbi Yigal Chazan reentered his Milan synagogue this week. The scripture is read during Purim, the Jewish holiday that took place more than two months ago


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