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Fake letter attributed to Kamala Harris warns DC synagogues they must close or be shut down – Cleveland Jewish News

| January 20, 2021

(JTA) Synagogues in Washington, D.C., are receiving a fake letter purported to be signed by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris warning them to close or they will go to prison. Myself and President Joe Biden, will shut down your Synagogue of worship and place heavy fines upon your religious institution, said the letter, according to an alert distributed Tuesday to Jewish institutions by Secure Community Network, the national Jewish group that advises institutions on security

Synagogue service times: Week of January 15 | Synagogues – Cleveland Jewish News

| January 18, 2021

Conservative AGUDATH BNAI ISRAEL: Meister Road at Pole Ave., Lorain.

Book Reviews: ‘Beyond the Synagogue’ and ‘Tonight is Already Tomorrow’ – Jewish Exponent

| January 18, 2021

Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious PracticeRachel B. GrossNYU Press Rachel B

Alleged Montreal synagogue vandal charged with attempted arson, uttering threats – Coast Mountain News

| January 18, 2021

A 28-year-old man has been charged with trying to commit arson and for uttering threats after a major synagogue in Montreal was defaced Wednesday with anti-Semitic graffiti. Adam Riga, 28, of Montreal, appeared in court Thursday by video conference

Lawrence rabbi threatened after newspaper delivery halted – liherald.com

| January 18, 2021

A threatening note slipped into a package of Five Towns Jewish Times newspapers that were left on the doorstep of Rabbi Kenneth Hains Lawrence home on Jan. 15 attacked Hain for aligning your behavior with the radical anti-American Democrats, and called for him to resign.

Synagogue service times: Week of January 1 | Synagogues – Cleveland Jewish News

| January 4, 2021

Conservative AGUDATH BNAI ISRAEL: Meister Road at Pole Ave., Lorain.

Finding a way forward after the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh – The Christian Century

| January 4, 2021

In Review: Pittsburgh Writers Reflect on the Tree of Life Tragedy On October 27, 2018, a gunman came into the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the center of Pittsburghs Jewish community for generations, and took the lives of 11 people from Tree of LifeOr LSimcha, Dor Hadash, and New Light congregations during sabbath services. The kedoshim of Pittsburgh, the martyrs of that day, are Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger.

Lower East Side construction project on site of historic synagogue includes space for congregation – Forward

| January 4, 2021

Thanks to a $162 million dollar loan, a construction project on the former site of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, one of the oldest synagogues in Manhattan, has begun moving forward. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was the first synagogue founded by Russian Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. It stood for nearly 170 years, from 1850 until 2017, when it was destroyed in a fire

How the pandemic has scrambled the rabbi hiring process – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| January 4, 2021

(JTA) When Andrew Pepperstone drove to Kansas in late July to start his new job as rabbi at the Hebrew Congregation of Wichita, it was the first time hed ever been to the city. My entire search for a new pulpit job was conducted during COVID-19, he explained, so all his interactions with the Conservative congregation had been virtual

No. 208: Declaring an Emergency on Order to Appoint New Jersey and Connecticut Police Officers as Railroad Police Officers to Provide Enhanced…

| January 4, 2021

No. 208 E X E C U T I V E O R D E R DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN ORDER TO APPOINT NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT POLICE OFFICERS AS RAILROAD POLICE OFFICERS TO PROVIDE ENHANCED SECURITY ON COMMUTER TRAINS, BUSES, AND FERRIES WHEREAS, the holiday season is a time of heightened alert and increased risk of terrorist attack as terrorists typically consider significant, symbolic dates when planning attacks, with the objective of inflicting mass casualties and maximizing the economic and psychological damage to the United States, as evidenced by the November 2010 plot to bomb a holiday tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon by a homegrown violent extremist; the December 2010 attack on a market filled with Christmas shoppers in Stockholm, Sweden by a suicide bomber; the December 2010 arrests in the United Kingdom of 12 individuals plotting to conduct attacks during the holiday season; the December 2016 attack in Berlin where a truck was driven into a crowd of people located at the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; the 2016 nightclub attack in Istanbul that left 39 people dead during a New Year's Eve celebration in 2016; the December 2017 bombing in a tunnel in New York Citys Port Authority Bus Terminal, which was inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Christmas propaganda and conducted after the attacker saw holiday-themed posters on the tunnel walls; the continued threats issued in 2018 by pro-ISIS social media users calling for ISIS supporters to conduct attacks during the upcoming holiday season; and the December 2018 active shooter attack by a terrorist at a popular Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, which killed 5 and injured 11 more; WHEREAS, New York State has been subject to terrorist attacks and plots, including the World Trade Center bombing in 1993; the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; the Brooklyn Bridge Plot in 2003; the Financial Centers Plot in 2004 targeting the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup Center in New York City and the Prudential Plaza in Newark, New Jersey; the 2007 plot to blow up jet fuel supply tanks and the pipeline that fed the tanks located underneath the John F. Kennedy International Airport; the May 2009 plot to bomb a Bronx synagogue and the Stewart Air National Guard Base; the failed plot of Faisal Shahzad in May 2010; the May 2011 plot by Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh to bomb New York City Synagogues, during which Ferhani and Mamdouh discussed additional targets in New York City, including churches and the Empire State Building; the October 2012 foiled attempt by Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis to detonate a 1,000 pound car bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Lower Manhattan; the planned attacks by Quazi and his brother in November 2012 directed at landmarks in New York; the 2014 indictment of Mufid Elfgeeh, a Rochester resident who is alleged to have provided material support to ISIS; the September 2016 attack in New York City involving a pressure cooker style bomb that injured more than 30 people and involved additional detonated and undetonated devices; the October 2017 attack in Lower Manhattan involving Sayfullo Saipov, who drove a rented Home Depot truck down a bike path killing eight people and injuring 12; the October 2018 plot by a Rockland County man to detonate a 200 pound explosive device on Election Day; the October 2018 package bombs that were sent to multiple locations in New York, including CNNs Headquarters in NYC and a Westchester residence; the Queens resident who was arrested in June 2019 for purchasing firearms with obliterated serial numbers and was plotting to attack Times Square; the Brooklyn man who was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly disseminating ISIS propaganda and bomb-making instructions in an effort to incite violence in New York City and elsewhere; and the machete attack during Hanukkah in Monsey, New York on December 28, 2019.


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