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Looking for Sanctuary and Being Turned Away from the Synagogue of My Youth

Ellen Frankel | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

There's a more welcoming feel at Bed, Bath and Beyond, even on those occasions where they apologize that they are unable to take the expired coupons. Their doors open easily, automatically.

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Phyllis Sudman

Today I am sitting at my son's graveside. It is where I have spent the last ten Yom Kippur holidays. This is called the Day of Atonement. Most Jews spend this holiest of days in synagogue praying and fasting. We are tasked with evaluating our behavior and asking for forgiveness. I used to do it this way.

At Home With God

Barry David Kluger | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Barry David Kluger

Have I repented? Have I asked for redemption of my transgressions? Have I become a better person because I have looked into my heart and my soul and asked for guidance to set my life on a course that will cause His countenance to shine upon me? I certainly hope so - but in the end, that's really between me and my God.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Sterling Heights vs. Dearborn, Mich.

Brian Stone | Posted 09.03.2015 | Detroit
Brian Stone

The local zoning board and mayor are the latest faces of Islamophobia as they show opposition to the site for a variety of, frankly, stupid reasons. The mayor is even claiming that places of worship don't belong near houses.

The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...

A Bitter Battle Begins For Control Of Touro Synagogue, The Nation's Oldest Jewish House Of Worship

The Associated Press | MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A bitter struggle for control over the nation's oldest synagogue goes to trial this week, with lawyers saying they may use more...

Historic German Church Finds New Life As A Synagogue

Religion News Service | Sumi Somaskanda | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion

COTTBUS, Germany (RNS) For years, the Schlosskirche, or castle church, at the heart of Cottbus’ historic old city stood mostly empty. Like many o...

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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 | 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 ...