Reviving the Renaissance Temples of Venice’s Jewish Ghetto

An $11 million project is underway to restore three decaying synagogues and preserve the city’s history of harboring European Jews.

#art, #jews-and-judaism, #museums, #philanthropy, #renaissance-historical-era, #restoration-and-renovation, #synagogues, #venice-italy

Once Victims in Southeast Europe, Jews Come to Aid Fleeing Ukrainians

Today, as in the early 1900s, Jews are once again escaping violence in southeast Europe. But the context is radically different — cathartically so for the many Israelis who have come here to join the relief effort.

#bennett-naftali, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #moldova, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #synagogues, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

For Ukraine’s Jews, the Threat of War Stirs Memories of Past Horrors

In Odessa, Jewish leaders are preparing for the worst: hiring security guards, scoping out bomb shelters and making plans to evacuate if Russia invades the country.

#donetsk-ukraine, #hatzolah-volunteer-ambulance-service, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #odessa-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russia, #synagogues, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Latvia Parliament Approves Holocaust Reimbursement for Jewish Community

“This law cannot bring back a destroyed community or a destroyed synagogue,” said a chairman of a group backing the effort. “But what it can do is recognize what happened.”

#holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #latvia, #synagogues, #world-jewish-restitution-organization, #world-war-ii-1939-45

A Jewish Teacher Criticized Israel. She Was Fired.

Jessie Sander had just started a job at a synagogue in Scarsdale. But then a blog post she had written was found.

#american-jewish-committee, #beinart-peter, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #scarsdale-ny, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #synagogues, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #westchester-reform-temple, #zionism

2 More Arrested in U.K. in Case Linked to Texas Synagogue Standoff

The men were held for questioning in the northern city of Manchester as part of a local investigation with counterterrorism officers that has already questioned several people.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues

After Colleyville, What Does Hope Look Like for Jewish Parents?

Finding hope in the darkness of cancer, Covid and Colleyville.

#anti-semitism, #cancer, #colleyville-tex, #facebook-inc, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #parenting, #synagogues

As F.B.I. Breached Texas Synagogue, Hostages Were Dashing for Exit

The federal agency said it was unaware that three hostages were already escaping the temple as an elite rescue team entered from different sides, killing the attacker.

#akram-malik-faisal, #anti-defamation-league, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #cytron-walker-charlie, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #siddiqui-aafia, #synagogues, #terrorism

What an Antisemite’s Fantasy Says About Jewish Reality

Why America can’t ignore the continual threat against Jews. 

#hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #race-and-ethnicity, #synagogues, #terrorism, #texas

F.B.I. Director Calls Texas Synagogue Attack an Act of Antisemitism

Christopher A. Wray said the hostage taker targeted the Jewish community, contrary to the agency’s initial statement.

#akram-malik-faisal, #anti-defamation-league, #central-synagogue-of-new-york, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #cytron-walker-charlie, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fort-worth-tex, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rabbis, #siddiqui-aafia, #synagogues, #terrorism

Texas Hostage Taker Was Known to British Intelligence

Malik Faisal Akram had been listed as a “subject of interest” in 2020 by Britain’s MI5 security service, according to a U.S. official and British news media reports. But he had since been deemed to no longer be a risk.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #great-britain, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #london-england, #politics-and-government, #synagogues

A Tense Texas Standoff Leads to Emotional Phone Call Between Brothers

Gulbar Akram described his brother, Faisal, who was holding four hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday, as deeply troubled. He said he worked with police to try to “talk him down.’’

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

Texas Rabbi Recounts Dramatic Escape From Synagogue

As a gunman ranted, the hostages whispered instructions and edged closer to the door. The rabbi credited security training for their safe exit.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #cytron-walker-charlie, #deaths-fatalities, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rabbis, #synagogues, #terrorism

Officials Investigating Synagogue Attacker’s Link to 2010 Terror Case

Aafia Siddiqui has spent almost 12 years in a U.S. federal prison after being convicted of trying to kill American soldiers and plotting to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

#akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #pakistan, #siddiqui-aafia, #statue-of-liberty, #synagogues, #terrorism, #texas

Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had ‘Mental Health Issues,’ Brother in U.K. Says

The family of a British man who took four hostages during the standoff at Congregation Beth Israel described him as deeply troubled.

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

11 Hours of Fear, Negotiation and Finally, Relief

The F.B.I. identified Malik Faisal Akram, a British national, as the man who took hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday. He was killed during the rescue operation.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #dallas-tex, #deaths-fatalities, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rabbis, #synagogues

What We Learned of The Hostage Situation in a Texas Synagogue

The authorities have identified the suspect, a British citizen, who was killed when the hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were freed on Saturday night.

#charlie-cytron-walker, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rescues, #synagogues

SWAT Team Responds to a Synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

A man could be heard shouting on a livestream from Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. F.B.I. crisis negotiators and heavily armed police have converged on the building.

#colleyville-tex, #jews-and-judaism, #synagogues, #threats-and-threatening-messages

Rabbi Shot in Synagogue Attack Is Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Schemes

Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the deadly 2019 attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue, north of San Diego, was sentenced to 14 months in fraud schemes in which, prosecutors say, he received more than $500,000.

#chabad-of-poway-poway-calif-synagogue, #chabad-of-poway-synagogue-shooting-2019, #earnest-john-t, #frauds-and-swindling, #goldstein-yisroel, #jews-and-judaism, #justice-department, #synagogues, #tax-evasion

Boldface Names Give Los Angeles a New Cultural Center

An OMA-designed pavilion at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple was helped along by Eli Broad. It houses Wallis Annenberg’s GenSpace, a center for older people.

#annenberg-foundation, #annenberg-wallis, #architecture, #broad-eli, #content-type-personal-profile, #elderly, #genspace-los-angeles-calif, #irmas-audrey-pavillion-los-angeles-calif, #koolhaas-rem, #leder-steven-z, #los-angeles-calif, #oma-office-for-metropolitan-architecture, #philanthropy, #shigematsu-shohei, #synagogues, #wilshire-boulevard-temple-los-angeles-calif

Once a Janitor, Now the Bar Mitzvah Photography King of Montreal

With a touch of chutzpah and “a little help from God,” Braulio Rocha, a Roman Catholic Portuguese immigrant, traded in his mop for a camera.

#canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #montreal-quebec, #photography, #rocha-braulio, #synagogues

A Synagogue Feud Spills Into Public View: ‘Only Room for One Rabbi’

Rabbi Arthur Schneier abruptly fired Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt from Park East Synagogue, and long-simmering tensions publicly exploded in a way rabbinic rivalries rarely do.

#appeal-of-conscience-foundation, #hampton-synagogue, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-state, #orthodox-judaism, #park-east-synagogue, #rabbis, #synagogues

College Student Charged in Arson at Texas Synagogue

Security footage of the attack on Halloween night showed the man carrying a five-gallon fuel jug and a roll of toilet paper to the synagogue’s entrance, the F.B.I. said.

#anti-semitism, #arson, #austin-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-austin-tex, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #rabbi-steven-folberg, #synagogues, #texas-state-university

Gunman in California Synagogue Shooting Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

In a plea deal that spared him the death penalty, John T. Earnest had admitted to killing a woman and injuring three others at a synagogue on the last day of Passover in 2019.

#chabad-of-poway-synagogue-shooting-2019, #earnest-john-t, #kaye-lori-gilbert-1958-2019, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #poway-calif, #synagogues

Glimpses of ‘Lost Tribe’ Jewish Communities in India and Myanmar

Often overlooked, the communities in South and Southeast Asia complicate notions of Jewish identity while emphasizing its malleability.

#assam-state-india, #christians-and-christianity, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #myanmar, #photography, #synagogues, #travel-and-vacations

Historic London Synagogue Fights to Stay Out of the Shadows

The 320-year-old Bevis Marks Synagogue claims that two new proposed office towers would block its sunlight and add to the sense of enclosure amid the skyscrapers of the financial district.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #jews-and-judaism, #restoration-and-renovation, #sunlight, #synagogues

Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews. Now They Feel Betrayed.

In 2015, Spain said it would give citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled during the Spanish Inquisition. Then rejections started pouring in this summer.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #genealogy, #immigration-and-emigration, #jews-and-judaism, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #spain, #synagogues

Man Charged in Arson at Brooklyn Synagogue and Yeshiva, Officials Say

The man was also connected to assaults on a Jewish man and a Black subway rider and vandalism at a Catholic church, court records show.

#ali-alaheri, #anti-semitism, #arson, #assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #saint-athanasius-roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #vandalism

Tree of Life Synagogue Plans a New Beginning, Years After Deadly Shooting

Daniel Libeskind, an architect known for memorializing historical trauma, will turn the site of 11 deaths back into a home for worship as well as a place to learn about confronting hatred.

#jews-and-judaism, #libeskind-daniel, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #myers-jeffrey-rabbi, #pittsburgh-pa, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #synagogues

German White Nationalist Sentenced to Life in Prison

A German court sentenced a white supremacist to life for killing two and attempting to storm a synagogue in the country’s worst act of anti-Semitism since World War II.

#balliet-stephan, #germany, #halle-germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #synagogues

Staying Apart, But Praying Together

As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship in New York struggle to serve their communities safely.

#astoria-queens-ny, #bernard-a-r, #brooklyn-nyc, #christian-cultural-center, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #hindu-temple-society-of-north-america, #hinduism, #jews-and-judaism, #manhattan-nyc, #mosques, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ Greatest Strength Has Become Their Greatest Weakness

In Israel and the U.S., this isolated community is thriving. The coronavirus pandemic has shown why this may be its biggest problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-state, #synagogues

10,000 Guests at a Hasidic Wedding in Brooklyn? N.Y. Says No.

The governor warned that the gathering could be a superspreader event; a synagogue representative accused officials of “unwarranted attacks.”

#amor-y-amargo-manhattan-ny-bar, #barry-dan, #bars-and-nightclubs, #brooklyn-nyc, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dante-west-village-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #dwyer-jim, #jews-and-judaism, #leyenda-brooklyn-ny-bar, #new-york-city, #reiner-julie, #simonson-robert, #synagogues, #williamsburg-brooklyn-ny

10,000 Guests at a Hasidic Wedding in Brooklyn? New York Says No

The governor warned that the gathering could be a superspreader event; a synagogue representative accused officials of “unwarranted attacks.”

#amor-y-amargo-manhattan-ny-bar, #barry-dan, #bars-and-nightclubs, #brooklyn-nyc, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dante-west-village-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #dwyer-jim, #jews-and-judaism, #leyenda-brooklyn-ny-bar, #new-york-city, #reiner-julie, #simonson-robert, #synagogues, #williamsburg-brooklyn-ny

N.Y. Shuts Down Hasidic Wedding That Could Have Had 10,000 Guests

The ultra-Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn accused state officials of “unwarranted attacks” on the wedding.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-city, #synagogues, #weddings-and-engagements, #zucker-howard-a

White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Colorado Synagogue

Richard Holzer, 28, shared with undercover F.B.I. agents that he wanted to get a synagogue “off the map.”

#anti-semitism, #bombs-and-explosives, #colorado, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #holzer-richard, #jews-and-judaism, #pueblo-colo, #synagogues, #terrorism

Over $150,000 in Fines Issued on First Weekend of New N.Y.C. Lockdown

At least five houses of worship were given a summons in the neighborhoods where the coronavirus infection rates are the highest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #fucito-joseph, #jews-and-judaism, #places-of-worship, #quarantines, #synagogues

Cuomo’s Restrictions on Synagogues in Virus Hot Spots Can Go Forward

“How can we ignore the compelling state interest in protecting the health and life of all New Yorkers?” asked a federal judge in Brooklyn.

#agudath-israel-of-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #jews-and-judaism, #roman-catholic-church, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #synagogues

Attack at German Synagogue During Sukkot Raises Anti-Semitism Fears

Almost exactly a year after a far-right extremist shocked Germany by attacking a synagogue during Yom Kippur, another assault targets a synagogue in Hamburg.

#anti-semitism, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #hamburg-germany, #jews-and-judaism, #sukkot-jewish-holiday, #synagogues

Rosh Hashana in the Pandemic: Rabbis, Cantors and Video Crews

The first High Holy Days of the coronavirus era will be celebrated this weekend, as rabbis try to deliver an online version of Judaism’s most sacred celebrations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rosh-hashana, #synagogues

A Holiday Season of Renewal in a Year of Uncertainty and Loss

The Jewish High Holy Days look different during a pandemic. They feel different, too.

#jews-and-judaism, #rosh-hashana, #synagogues, #united-states

Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown

As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rosh-hashana, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues

Jewish Students Aid Owners of Kebab Shop Hit in Synagogue Attack

The Jewish Student Union in Germany hopes its campaign will help wipe away the stigma of the Yom Kippur attack and send a wider message of solidarity.

#anti-semitism, #germany, #gofundme, #halle-germany, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #merkel-angela, #philanthropy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #synagogues

Observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Safely

Here are ways Jewish congregations around the country are observing Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur this year, from pretaped shofar blasts to webinars on how to make your own altars.

#content-type-service, #jews-and-judaism, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rosh-hashana, #synagogues, #yom-kippur

Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen

President Trump threatened to overrule states that refuse to open places of worship. The White House could not explain how he has that power, and legal experts said he did not have such authority.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evangelical-movement, #mosques, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Orders States to Allow Places of Worship to Open, Though He Has No Authority To

President Trump has always been an unlikely champion of evangelical and conservative religious voters, and by speaking out, he put himself out front on an issue important to them at a time when his support has been eroding.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evangelical-movement, #mosques, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

New York Hasidic Jewish Communities Hit Hard by Coronavirus

In the New York area, the epidemic has killed influential religious leaders and torn through large, tight-knit families.

#borough-park-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #freedom-of-religion, #funerals-and-memorials, #hasidism, #jews-and-judaism, #lakewood-nj, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines, #south-williamsburg-brooklyn-ny, #synagogues

Stirring Sermons About Coronavirus, in Empty Cathedrals

With large gatherings banned, ministers will preach messages of calm and compassion on Sunday as parishioners watch on live stream.

#cathedral-church-of-st-john-the-divine-manhattan-ny, #christians-and-christianity, #clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dolan-timothy-m, #episcopal-church, #fifth-avenue-presbyterian-church, #martin-james-a, #roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #trinity-church-manhattan-ny