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ADL: 50% increase in US arrests ‘linked to domestic Islamist extremism’ – The Jerusalem Post

| May 21, 2020

There was a 50% increase in "arrests and plots linked to domestic Islamist extremism" in the United States during 2019, according to data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism.Thirty of those arrests were connected to domestic Islamist extremism, nine of which were designated as "terror plots." The ADL reports that seven of the "terror plots" were being devised by home-bred United States citizens.According to the ADL, a portion of the 2019 plots focused on targeting religious institutions such as churches, synagogues, mosques and community centers.

High school program Shoresh closes after 20 years – Washington Jewish Week

| May 21, 2020

Students gather at Shoresh Hebrew High School, which will not reopen in the fall.Photo courtesy of Shoresh Hebrew High School After 20 years of trying to fill the educational gap for Jewish students between their bnai mitzvah and college, Shoresh Hebrew High School will close next month.

How the Museum at Eldridge Street is Faring in the Time of COVID-19 – Bowery Boogie

| May 21, 2020

Amid nationwide closures, the Museum at Eldridge Street (aka the Eldridge Street Synagogue) is swinging its focus, by expanding its offerings to a global audience through virtual programming.

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.


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