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Amsterdam in the Tropics: Holland's Caribbean ABC on the Looney Front - Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.24.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Willemstad, Curaçao's capital, with its narrow four-storey traditional Dutch houses along an inlet from the Caribbean, looks just like a little Amste...

Congregations Practice Faith Through Environmental Leadership

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice.

Young Muslims Want Norway to Be Safe for Jews

Anav Silverman | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

Following the terror attacks in Copenhagen, where a Jewish man was killed last weekend, a group of young Muslims in Norway are organizing a peace rally at an Oslo synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath, this upcoming Saturday February 21.

Denmark Chief Rabbi: Slain Jewish Guard Was 'Irreplaceable'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Sunday called for the "massive immigration" of European Jews to Israel following a deadly shooting near ...

The Pope, MLK and Moses

Avram Mlotek | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

We will soon be entering our field as young and idealistic rabbis. The pope, MLK and Moses serve as some of our role models for this type of spiritual activism. In order for religion to be relevant to our time, it is upon us to leave the confines of the synagogue and enact the change we wish to see.

Police Fatally Shoot Brooklyn Synagogue Stabber In Terrifying Video

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS and ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 02.08.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness slipped into the headquarters of a major Jewish organization in Brooklyn in the middle of the...

Countering This Darkness With Light: Responding to the Jerusalem Synagogue Massacre

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

I spent too long on Twitter trying to get CBC News to apologize over the "Jerusalem Police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack" headline on their website. Looking back, that time could have been spent much more productively.

Worshippers Return To Jerusalem Synagogue After Deadly Attack

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | World

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 19 (Reuters) - On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on W...

Report: Israeli Police Officer Wounded In Jerusalem Synagogue Attack Dies

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

Israeli police announced that a policeman who was critically wounded in Tuesday's attack on a Jerusalem synagogue has died in the hospital, Haaretz re...

Jerusalem Mourns: Four Murdered Rabbis, Four Funerals

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

The four rabbis who were murdered in the brutal Palestinian terror attack on Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday morning all lived on the same street.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.

Recipe for a Renaissance

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

What can the American Jewish community, which has witnessed synagogues erode and disappear with alarming regularity in recent years, learn from past renaissances in order to empower us to engineer our own?

Mikvahs Tightening Security After Rabbi's Hidden Camera Scandal

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the...

Alone in the Synagogue

Stanley Ely | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Stanley Ely

Though I might not subscribe to every prayer in the Siddur, I always use the synagogue time for my own prayer of thanks for being alive and the multitudes of blessings I enjoy. I want to let the Lord know I haven't forgotten them. Then, leaving the hall, the yarmulke still in place on my head, I head home feeling a little purer.

Muslim Families Look After Kolkata Synagogues

www.aljazeera.com | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

Kolkata, India - Generations of Muslim families have been taking care of the maintenance of three synagogues in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, wh...

An Introduction to Kabbalah: Light, Space and the Spirit

Alexander Gorlin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Alexander Gorlin

It views the universe as a vast interconnected system of forces in which God and mankind have a direct relationship of checks and balances, with the actions of each reverberating on the other in mysterious ways.

Orthodox Synagogue Plans To Hire Woman As Clergy Member -- But Won't Call Her A Rabbi

Jewish Journal | Jared Sichel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member ...

Out of Many, One Synagogue

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

When we host visitors at the Kingston synagogue, one of the questions they almost always ask is if there were ever other synagogues on the island. They are amazed to hear that there were several other Jewish houses of worship in Jamaica.

Gaza Rocket Hits Israeli Synagogue, 3 Wounded

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city ofAshdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said. ...

New York City's Firefly Days

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 10.05.2014 | New York
Amalia Negreponti

Time feels weightless and moments are born seemingly full of infinite possibility -- like the caption to the chalk painting on 91st and Third. "Infinite possibilities here, now, New York City."

Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Isn't it time to celebrate the common heritage of Judaism and Christianity, despite the differences between the two faiths? Isn't it time to endorse Pope Francis's bold statement: "A Christian cannot be anti-Semitic; his roots are Jewish"?

Children in the Sanctuary

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

My response to the reactions of children within holy space is simple and core to who we are called to be as faith communities: Our sanctuaries are not sanctuaries from children. They are sanctuaries for children.

Jewvangelist: Parody, Practicality or Prohibition?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

In a convincingly Jewish fashion (and fittingly created by both Jews and non-Jews), a new YouTube comedy series entitled Jewvangelist is generating a following and providing an opportunity to reopen this challenging internal dialogue.

Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

If you make time each week to slow down, stop and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past six days, you live at a different, more modulated pace.