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  • Liberal NY Orthodox synagogue to stop announcing LGBT weddings after complaints

    12/13/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    A flagship liberal Orthodox synagogue in New York will stop congratulating same-sex couples on their weddings following a complaint by the Orthodox Union. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in its newsletters in accordance with a policy dictated by the OU, the largest association of Orthodox synagogues in the United States. The policy was set out this month in response to complaints from other member synagogues, which take a harder line on opposing same-sex marriage. Orthodox Jewish law, or halacha, prohibits same-sex marriage, and Orthodox rabbis are not...
  • Charlottesville Jews Were Forced Out The Back Door By Neo-Nazi Marchers On Shabbat

    08/16/2017 6:00:29 PM PDT · by piasa · 70 replies
    Forward ^ | August 16, 2017 | Daniel J. Solomon Read more:
    As white supremacists converged on a Charlottesville park for their violent “Unite the Right” rally, some of them menaced the city’s historic Beth Israel synagogue during Shabbat services, standing across from the building with semi-automatic weapons in their hands. “Had they tried to enter, I don’t know what I could have done to stop them, but I couldn’t take my eyes off them, either,” wrote Alan Zimmerman, the president of the Reform congregation, about the three neo-Nazis he stared down as congregants prayed inside. Zimmerman, in an essay published on, said that neo-Nazis marching past the building shouted hateful...
  • Caught on tape: Suspects involved in Springs synagogue hate crime [Colorado Springs]

    06/13/2017 9:57:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Colorado Springs Police are calling an act of anti semitic vandalism at a Springs synagogue a hate crime. The crime occurred around 1:30 A.M. Saturday morning at the Chabad-Lubavich Center in Colorado Springs. “Obviously you can imagine it’s a very appalling thing. In this day and age, this definitely cannot be taken lightly,” said Rabbi Moshe Liberow, who founded Chabad-Lubavich Center in 2001. Liberow was one of the first to notice two stickers on the Synagogue’s front door Saturday morning which read “Fight terror, Nuke Israel.” …
  • Fake bullet hole in Synagogue in Indiana

    03/10/2017 4:47:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    This picture shows the “bullet hole” in the window of the class room at the Temple Adath B'nai Israel complex in Evansville, Indiana.  Rabbi Gary Mazo has been going “ballistic”, claiming that this is evidence of a hate crime designed  to intimidate and silence Jews. The damage is supposed to have been done on a Sunday, the 26th of February.  It was discovered Monday, and reported to the authorities on Tuesday. Image from tristatehomepage.comYou can see the damage to the window in a close up. It is clearly *not* a bullet hole. The horizontal measurement of the cone is...
  • Jews Hand Muslims Synagogue Keys When a Texas Mosque Burns Down

    01/31/2017 8:24:03 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 105 replies
    Forward ^ | 1/31/17 | Andrea Cantor
    In the small Gulf Coast city of Victoria, Texas, there are several churches, but just one synagogue, and one mosque — at least, until the mosque mysteriously burned down on Saturday, according to the New York Times. Now, in a sense, the synagogue has become a mosque: the Jews of Victoria handed the Muslims the key to the building, so they would a place to worship while rebuilding. “Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them,” said Robert Loeb, the president of Bnai Israel, which affiliates with the Reconstructionist movement. On Sunday, the...
  • 2,000-year-old rural synagogue in Galilee may be similar to sites where Jesus taught

    08/20/2016 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 08.18.16 | Richard Gray for MailOnline
    Archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a synagogue near Mount TaborLimestone benches line the walls where worshippers would have sat It sits within a Jewish village thought to date back to the first century ADThe New Testament states Jesus visited village synagogues in Galilee  An unusual rural ancient synagogue that dates back to shortly after the time of Jesus has been unearthed in Galilee.  The rare find – a huge 29 feet long and 26 feet wide room with walls lined by limestone benches – promises to add weight to stories about Jesus in the Bible.  Most synagogues dating from around...
  • Rare Noah's Ark Mosaic Uncovered in Ancient Synagogue in Israel

    07/11/2016 1:33:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/11/16 | Kacey Deamer - Live Science
    Mosaics depicting prominent Bible scenes were uncovered during annual excavations of an ancient synagogue in Israel's Lower Galilee. During the excavation in June, archaeologists found two new panels of a mosaic floor in a Late Roman (fifth-century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village. One panel showed Noah's ark with pairs of animals, such as lions, leopards and bears. The other panel depicted soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots in the parting of the Red Sea. Such images are extremely rare for the time period, according to excavation director Jodi Magness, of the University of North...
  • ‘You can’t find this in any other country’

    03/24/2009 5:48:59 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 422+ views
    The National ^ | March 25. 2009 | John Thorne
    ERRIADH, TUNISIA // In 586BC the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar laid waste to Jerusalem, inadvertently sowing seeds for a Jewish haven across the sea that has outlived his realm by 25 centuries and counting. Legend tells that refugees fled to the Tunisian island of Djerba, carrying a block from the ruined Temple of Solomon. Today it lies beneath the El Ghriba synagogue, the cornerstone of a thriving Jewish community. And after decades of Jewish exodus from Arab countries, that community is growing. For western holidaymakers, Djerba is a strip of lavish resorts along a sandy Mediterranean coast. For Tunisians, it also...
  • FBI thwarts Muslim’s plot to bomb Florida synagogue

    05/03/2016 7:46:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 3, 2016
    James Medina, 40, made his initial appearance in federal court Monday following his arrest last week in the alleged plot against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, which includes a synagogue, school and meeting halls. Medina is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction ... FBI learned in March that Medina — a Muslim convert who said in court he also goes by James Muhammad — planned to bomb the center by placing a device under a car or throwing it over a wall.
  • The Ugly 'SNL' Joke You Missed While Chuckling at 'Bernie Sanderswitzky'

    02/09/2016 10:09:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Forward ^ | February 8, 2016 | J.J. Goldberg
    his one went by so fast that most of us seem to have missed it. This past weekend’s Saturday Night Live had not one but two Jewish jokes. One was moderately funny, notable mainly for the fact that it came from the mouth of Senator Bernie Sanders, during a back-and-forth with his doppelganger Larry David. The other, delivered by Weekend Update fake news co-anchor Michael Che, was far more pointed and may just have crossed a line. Here’s Che’s bit: “On his first visit to a U.S. mosque, President Obama called on U.S. television producers to create characters that are...
  • UN's Ban gets booed at New York synagogue

    02/07/2016 2:52:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/16
    UN Director-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, in a speech for International Holocaust Remembrance Day - but he was met with boos in light of his recent virulently anti-Israeli statements. Two weeks ago on Tuesday Ban expressed sympathy for murderous Palestinian terrorism in Israel, saying, "it is human nature to react to occupation." The comment was met with outrage in Israel. In his speech at the synagogue Ban steered completely clear of Israel, instead only speaking about the universal messages from the Holocaust regarding the need to combat racism and violence. But the...
  • Paris Jews Intentionally Poisoned [look for this to happen elsewhere]

    12/17/2015 5:47:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | December 17th, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    The electronic lock to a synagogue south east of Paris was coated with poison which led to 14 Jews being sickened. The incident took place on Monday evening, Dec.14, in the community of Bonneuil-sur-Marne. Women arrived at the closed shul at around 9:00 p.m. to participate in a meeting. Ralph Botbol, president of the synagogue, said that just after arrival, two women began experiencing itchy hands, and one woman's face "swelled significantly." Several more congregants began experiencing intense burning sensations in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin, at which time emergency services were called. More than a dozen...
  • Paris synagogue daubed with poisonous substance

    12/17/2015 4:31:27 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/17 | JTA
    Fourteen people were mildly poisoned by a toxic substance that was applied to the keypad of an electronic lock of a synagogue south of Paris. Members of the Jewish community of Bonneuil-sur-Marne on Monday called rescue services to report a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin, Le Parisien reported. Some 25 firemen rushed to the synagogue, which is under police and military protection whenever it is open. They treated congregants who were poisoned and traced its source to the lock. Described as a nonlethal irritant, the substance found on the pad was sent...
  • Paris Synagogue Attacked with Chemical Poison

    12/17/2015 2:29:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 12/17/15 | Pamela Geller
    I had just finished writing this post on the now-daily wild and rampant Islamic antisemitic attacks, that are little reported and even less commented on, when this came over the transom: a Paris synagogue was attacked with a chemical poison. Synagogues are under siege in Paris and the whole of Europe by devout Muslims. This most certainly is a dry-run for something more gruesome. “Paris synagogue daubed with poisonous substance,” By JTA, December 17 2015 (thanks to Armaros): 14 members of Jewish committee mildly injured in suspected anti-Semitic attack Fourteen people were mildly poisoned by a toxic substance that was...
  • From the Heart of a Muslim

    12/10/2015 1:46:37 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 39 replies ^ | Tawfik Hamid
    I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam. After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Mus-lim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations. I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims. We Muslims are the...
  • West Hartford Synagogue Voices Concerns After Suspicious Visitors (Connecticut)

    12/09/2015 12:00:04 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | December 9, 2015 | Kristin Stoller
    WEST HARTFORD — Emanuel Synagogue has enhanced their security measures after a pair of women who attended services Saturday dressed in headscarves and robes acted "out of the ordinary," said Rabbi David Small.
  • A Carved Stone Block Upends Assumptions About Ancient Judaism

    12/08/2015 7:32:46 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/8/15 | Isabel Kershner
    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The carved stone block is about the size of an occasional table. It has held its secrets for two millenniums. Whoever engraved its enigmatic symbols was apparently depicting the ancient Jewish temples. But what makes the stone such a rare find in biblical archaeology, according to scholars, is that when it was carved, the Second Temple still stood in Jerusalem for the carver to see. The stone is a kind of ancient snapshot. And it is upending some long-held scholarly assumptions about ancient synagogues and their relationship with the Temple, a center of Jewish pilgrimage and...
  • Two killed in Tel Aviv synagogue attack

    11/19/2015 6:44:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/19/2015, 3:36 PM | Ari Soffer
    Two people have been killed and one other person was injured in a stabbing attack at a synagogue in south Tel Aviv. The injured victim, a man in his 50s, is in moderate condition. He was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before being evacuated to Ichilov hospital. The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack was tackled and held by a civilian until police arrived to arrest him, and sustained light injuries in the course of being captured. ...
  • Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran? (Osama's son more than just a "low-level" target)

    07/29/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/29/2009 | Annie Jacobsen
    When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander, Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar — both young men in their late teens. Although it was the corrupt Islamic government of Sudan that had robbed Osama bin Laden of much of his vast personal wealth, he blamed America for his misfortunes, according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. “He held America responsible for the...
  • Canada: Muslims planned to infiltrate synagogue, murder Jews

    07/27/2015 9:53:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/27/15 | Robert Spencer
    Where did these converts to Islam get the idea that murdering Jews would be pleasing to Allah? Are Canadian authorities investigating that question, or are they content to wave such questions away with the claim that they were “radicalized on the Internet”? “Accused B.C. terrorist aimed to kill ‘small Jews’ to save them from hell: trial,” by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press, July 27, 2015 (thanks to Marc): VANCOUVER – A woman found guilty of helping to mastermind a terrorist bomb plot wanted to infiltrate a synagogue and kill “small Jews” to save the children from going to hell, a...