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.

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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.

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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.

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Staying Apart, But Praying Together

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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