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Chabad of Yonkers Hosts Drive Thru BBQ – Yonkers Times

| July 31, 2020

2020 RobertKalfusRabbi Mendy Hurwitz and his wife Rebbetzin Chanie Hurwitz celebrated his 37th birthday with their daughters by serving a BBQ to the community who drove through the Chabad of Yonkers/ Greystone Synagogue Yonkers driveway. By Robert Kalfus Chabad of Yonkers/Greystone Jewish Center Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz celebrates his birthday in July, and for the past decade, has invited the community to enjoy a lavish BBQ at the synagogue at which Yonkers residents, synagogue members, elected officials and those running for office attended, meeting and greeting, and pressing the flesh a practice now known to spread and infectious disease. Safety has become the overriding concern for all gatherings and all social interactions due to the need to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus

This Tisha BAv, the Hagia Sophia teaches us about reclaiming sacred spaces – Forward

| July 31, 2020

Image by Getty Images An aerial view of the Hagia Sophia, empty during coronavirus.

Houses of worship take different paths toward reopening – Wicked Local Canton

| July 31, 2020

Houses of worship are continuing to evolve in their offerings for worship services and programming since Phase 2 of Gov. Charlie Bakers reopening plan that allows them to open their doors

Jews and Aspen: Thoughts on Tisha B’Av Detroit Jewish News – The Jewish News

| July 31, 2020

My first Tisha BAv memory took place at Camp Ramah, just outside Santa Barbara, California during the summer after third grade. I was a precocious seven-year-old in edah aleph (group one, the youngest class of campers). Our edah worked together to fashion a beautiful outdoor beit knesset (synagogue) beneath a sprawling oak tree with custom painted benches and our artwork hanging from the aron hakodesh (holy ark for the Torah).

In Western Europe, a Jewish ‘Community’ is an organization. They operate like expensive members-only clubs. – St. Louis Jewish Light

| July 31, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) In the United States, when Jews say they identify as part of the Jewish community, they are saying they belong to a broad cultural and religious framework. They could be referring to the community of Jews in their city, their state, the country at large or the world and it doesnt necessarily mean that they belong to a synagogue. In Western Europe, that applies in some situations.

‘History will judge us’ Have progressive UK rabbis reached end of the road on Israel? – Mondoweiss

| July 31, 2020

Progressive rabbis in the UK havewritten to the Israeli embassy in Londonto express their concern over the Israeli governments plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The letter has been sent fromBritish Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights, an organisation which supports the work of Rabbis for Human Rights working in Israel and the West Bank. It draws its members from both Progressive (Reform and Liberal) as well as Masorti and Orthodox rabbis.

Security guard disarms ax-wielding man inside Ukraine synagogue – The Jerusalem Post

| July 29, 2020

A security guard at a Ukraine synagogue overpowered a man armed with an ax who broke into the compound shouting wheres the synagogue? The intruder slightly wounded the guard, who managed to wrestle the weapon away from him

Door That Held Back Halle Synagogue Gunman Removed, Will Become Part of Memorial – Jewish Exponent

| July 29, 2020

Visitors at the synagogue in Halle the day after a gunman targeted the house of worship in eastern Germany in October 2019. (Jens Schlueter/Getty Images via JTA.org) By Marcy Oster Now pockmarked with bullets, the door of the synagogue in Halle, Germany, that held out a far-right gunman last October was replaced on Tuesday. The heavy wooden door will become the centerpiece of a memorial to the attack and the two bystanders killed by the assailant, The Associated Pressreported.

Door that held back Halle synagogue gunman is removed and will become part of memorial – Cleveland Jewish News

| July 29, 2020

(JTA) Now pockmarked with bullets, the door of the synagogue in Halle, Germany, that held out a far-right gunman last October was replaced on Tuesday.

Israel to relax synagogue attendance restrictions ahead of Tisha B’Av, ministers say – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

| July 29, 2020

Israels Health Ministry will increase the number of worshipers permitted in synagogues ahead of Tisha BAv, which begins on Wednesday evening, the heads of the ultra-Orthodox political parties announced on Monday. The current limit is 10 worshipers only.


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