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  • FEAR THY NEIGHBOR

    By Simone Wilson

    November 25, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Just after dawn on Nov. 18, a pair of Palestinian cousins from East Jerusalem went on a killing rampage in a West Jerusalem synagogue. 

    Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal walked into the Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, one of Jewish Israel’s most serene, well-to-do immigrant...

  • Death in a synagogue

    By Avi Davis

    November 20, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    They could hear the iron doors at the front of the synagogue clang shut behind them.  Crowded together with 2,000 other people inside the main sanctuary, the man and the woman looked at each other in panic. The woman gazed down at her five year-old-son and gripped the little boy’s...

  • New York increases security around synagogues

    November 18, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    New York City increased its police presence at synagogues and other locations in the wake of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead.

    “The NYPD is following developments in Jerusalem closely and working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further...

  • REALITY CHECK: Watch the word “terror” disappear from reports on today’s J’lem attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Today, we woke to horrifying news: Palestinian terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem early in the morning, in a killing spree. Armed with guns, knives and axes they murdered four Jewish men who were praying peacefully. Eight others were wounded, among which two police...

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  • Palestinians kill five in Jerusalem synagogue terror attack, Netanyahu condemns

    November 17, 2014 | 10:51 pm

    Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers and an Israeli police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

    [Follow @jewishjournal for breaking...

  • Church to become first synagogue in German state since Kristallnacht

    November 4, 2014 | 11:00 am

    A former church will become Germany’s newest synagogue and the first in the state of Brandenburg since 1938.

    In ceremonies on Sunday, Ulrike Menzel, who has led the Evangelical parish in Cottbus since 2009, handed a key for the Schlolsskirche, or “castle church,” to the Jewish...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    October 14, 2014 | 11:55 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • 19th-century synagogue complex restored in Lithuania

    By tessc

    October 8, 2014 | 11:59 am

    After seven years of renovations, a unique complex made up of two 19th-century synagogues opened to the public in the Lithuanian town of Joniskis.

    The Joniskis Synagogue Complex made its official debut earlier this month, the Russian Jewish news agency AEN reported Wednesday.

    ...
  • The High Holy Days: Something meaningful, or just going through the motions?

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Most of us who go to synagogue for the High Holy Days have no clue what’s going on.

    We don’t speak or read Hebrew well enough to understand the prayers or the Torah portion. We don’t know why we say the prayers in the order we say them. We don’t like the stilted English...

  • German police arrest 18-year-old after attack on synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance," police said. No...

  • Suspect arrested in firebomb attack on German synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 10:54 am

    A suspect has been arrested in an attempted arson attack on a German synagogue.

    A neighbor of the New Wuppertal Synagogue in the former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called police at about  2 a.m. on Tuesday to report burning objects in the street next to the...

  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

    July 21, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • Anti-Israel rioters torch cars, throw firebomb at Paris-area synagogue

    July 21, 2014 | 11:07 am

    PARIS (JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters hurled a firebomb at a synagogue during an unauthorized demonstration in a heavily Jewish suburb of Paris.

    The riot broke out on Sunday afternoon in Sarcelles after a few hundred people assembled at a local metro station to protest Israel’s...

  • A Parking Space By Any Other Name

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Rabbi Simcha Bunam of P'shis'kha taught that in one pocket we should carry a piece of paper which reads, “The world was made for me, and me alone,” and in the other pocket should be one that says, “I am but dust and ashes.”

    Any time we’re feeling particularly low or discouraged,...

  • Pew study prompts spirited synagogue leadership debate

    By Ryan Torok

    October 10, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    Five days after the release of the Pew Research Center’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” a report revealing that Jewish engagement is on the decline, speakers at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Oct. 6 Synagogue Leadership Conference all appeared to be asking one...

  • Report: Indonesia’s last synagogue destroyed

    October 4, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Indonesia’s last synagogue has been destroyed, a Dutch news site reported last week.

    Unidentified persons demolished the Beith Shalom synagogue in Surabaya on the island of Java to its foundations sometime earlier this year, according to a report on Indoweb.nl.

    The synagogue...

  • Blogger Geller testifying before Toronto police board over nixed shul talk

    August 5, 2013 | 3:53 pm

    Blogger Pamela Geller said she will testify over a complaint she filed against a Toronto-area police force in the cancellation of a synagogue appearance.

    Geller told JTA via email on Monday that she was scheduled to testify Wednesday via Skype before a hearing of the Office of...

  • The problem with prayer

    By David Suissa

    July 17, 2013 | 11:39 am

    If the practice of Judaism is based on synagogue attendance, and if synagogue attendance is based on the passive recitation of prayer, then Judaism is in trouble.

    The ritual of repetitive communal prayer might have worked in the shtetls to keep Jews Jewish, but it doesn’t work in...

  • Reading Lamentations with Gush Katif Evacuees

    By Orit Arfa

    July 15, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    I couldn’t see his face through the mechitza (the wall separating the men and women), but I heard him, the tears in his voice, the deep sorrow, as the cantor read Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations poetically remembering the horrific tragedies the Jewish people have suffered.

    His...

  • Q&A with Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 6:37 pm

    On Sunday, May 11, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, will be feted for his two decades of service to the synagogue. He talks in this edited version of an interview about changes in synagogue life, his theology and what he prays for.

    Jewish Journal: Twenty...

  • Torah Flight

    By Michelle Azar

    May 6, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    I watched as my Torah portion flew out into the street. The pages were in the basket of my bicycle as I rode to Milky’s on Friday afternoon to study in advance of chanting this Shabbat. Milky’s boasts frozen yogurt with lots of choices for their special food needs clientage like...

  • Bomb threats called in to Houston synagogues

    May 2, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Two Houston synagogues received bomb threats.

    The bomb threats were called in to Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue, and Congregation Or Ami, a Conservative synagogue, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Both synagogues canceled Hebrew school classes for Thursday but said they...

  • Great Neck Synagogue Cancels Pamela Geller’s Talk

    By Orit Arfa

    April 10, 2013 | 9:22 pm

    The Great Neck Synagogue has revealed its cowardice, the same way the Jewish Federation revealed its cowardice when it cancelled Pamela Geller’s talk there on June 25, 2012 within a few hours of the event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America when I served as its...

  • Getting it Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

    We’ve all heard stories of people who were turned off from Judaism by negative experiences with a synagogue, a rabbi, etc. “He wouldn’t even meet with us to talk about our marriage because my fiancé hadn’t converted yet,” or “They wouldn’t let me into High Holy Day services because...

  • Mogen David: A Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Orthodox future?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 28, 2013 | 7:44 am

    On a recent Saturday morning, at Congregation Mogen David’s Ashkenazic Shabbat service, a blond-haired girl in a shimmery pink sundress tugged at the fringes of a man’s tallit (prayer shawl). The tallit belonged to Alex Katz, and he tried to ignore her entreaties as he led 90...

  • Reconstruction of synagogue roof unveiled at Warsaw Jewish museum

    March 12, 2013 | 8:53 am

    The reconstructed roof of a 17th-century synagogue was unveiled at Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    The replica of the now defunct wooden Gwozdziec Synagogue was presented Tuesday to journalists in a sneak preview of what will be the core exhibition of the museum,...

  • Getting to Know You...

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 27, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    In 2000, an urban congregation of 1,000 families found itself at a crossroads. The synagogue had a balanced budget and a beloved rabbi who was retiring after three decades, but its building was badly in need of repairs and the congregation was aging. To survive, the leadership felt...

  • Synagogue in Siberia damaged by meteorite

    February 15, 2013 | 10:10 am

    A synagogue in Siberia was lightly damaged by a meteorite that fell nearby.

    On Friday, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Levitin, director of the Or Avner Jewish day school in Chelyabinsk, a city located 1,000 miles east of Moscow, was quoted by an Israeli website as saying congregants heard...

  • Moroccan PM celebrates restoration of 17th century synagogue

    February 14, 2013 | 5:18 am

    About 200 people reportedly celebrated the completion of the restoration of a synagogue in the city of Fes in Morocco.

    The ceremony on Feb. 13 marked the conclusion of a two-year project undertaken by Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco, the website of the magazine Jeune Afrique...

  • Thoughts on the Visioning Process

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 13, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last fall, I wrote here about the Visioning process our synagogue is undertaking. Now that the first part of the process, namely the house meetings, is over, our community is reflecting on what has happened so far.

    I attended one of the house meetings as a participant, and two...

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