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Why the Rabbi Cursed his Congregation – Forward

| May 21, 2020

Read this article in Yiddish Last September, the Forward published an article about a very curious incident in 1926, in which the rabbi of a Yonkers Orthodox synagogue opened the aron kodesh, the ornamental closet in the synagogue housing the Torah scrolls, and cursed the congregation. The author of that article, Nancy Klein, whose parents joined the synagogue, Ohab Zedek, several years after the incident, remembers hearing the grown-ups whisper about the scandal but was never able to ascertain why the fiery Hungarian-born rabbi, Philip (Shraga) Rosenberg, resorted to such a dramatic demonstration

Prayer in the parking lot: Orthodox Atlanta shuls become first synagogues to reopen – Jewish Journal

| May 18, 2020

Orthodox rabbis in Atlanta have agreed on a framework for how synagogues can safely reopen - and at least one began doing so on Monday. Synagogues across the country shut their doors in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But three weeks after Georgia Gov.

Enough doom and gloom: History shows American Judaism is much more resilient than you think – Forward

| May 18, 2020

Last week, in the wake of the economic downturn caused by Covid-19 as well as losses from cancelling its summer camp season, the Union for Reform Judaism announced it would be firing sixty employees, furloughing others, and reducing all staff salaries. Jewish professionals across the country, reeling from projected losses throughout Jewish organizational life, immediately took notice.

Reform Judaism is a wounded giant. A historian explains why it got so big. – Forward

| May 18, 2020

Amid a seeming avalanche of Jewish organizational cutbacks, closings and furloughs, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced last Wednesday, that it would be cutting its staff by 20% due to coronavirus-related stresses. As with so many basic institutions of American life, the economic disruption caused by the pandemic is highlighting existential questions about the viability of key historic and contemporary institutions of American Judaism

Coronavirus is taking a financial toll on Colorados houses of worship. But religious leaders still have faith. – The Denver Post

| May 17, 2020

The holy month of Ramadan is typically one of the most prosperous times of the year for mosques and other Islamic institutions. Its a time when Muslims come together for nightly prayers and offer zakat, or donations to support their houses of worship, community and the poor. Part of what makes this season so special is celebrating together as a congregation during prayer and iftar, the meal shared after sundown, said Iman Jodeh, spokeswoman for the Colorado Muslim Society, the regions largest mosque

Rav Cherlow on Risk Management and Reopening Society – The Times of Israel

| May 17, 2020

Most synagogues, including my own, have been considering the question of reopening and returning to community life from our narrow lens as a synagogue.

Where is God in the pandemic? – Opinion – The Daily Herald – Columbia, TN – Columbia Daily Herald

| May 17, 2020

Pandemics, wars and natural catastrophes usually confront us with religious questions that are as old as religions themselves.

Hampstead antisemitism: Man and woman arrested over offensive graffiti – Hampstead Highgate Express

| May 17, 2020

PUBLISHED: 14:32 17 May 2020 | UPDATED: 18:23 17 May 2020 Sam Volpe Antisemitic graffiti was sprayed on walls and doors in Hampstead on Saturday, December 28. A wall next to South Hampstead synagogue in Eton Road.

Now that Conservative Judaism is O.K. with livestreaming, how is it different from Reform? – Forward

| May 17, 2020

Conservative and Reform Judaism the United States two biggest egalitarian denominations have been converging for decades. Now coronavirus has wiped out yet another difference between them.

National Security Council Approves Opening Shuls with Empty Seat Separations – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| May 17, 2020

Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90 In Israel, the beaches are being opened to the public, as are schools and even some places of entertainment, and now, God willing, its time for Israeli synagogues to open up. According to Kipa, on Sunday there was a meeting of the National Security Council with representatives from the Health Ministry and from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, which concluded in an agreement to open the countrys synagogues under special guidelines. The outline for opening shuls includes stipulating that all of them will be opened, with the obligation to separate each two worshipers with an empty seat.


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