Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky: 'Our sins caused us to be chased from our synagogues'

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, prominent haredi rabbi, explains why he thinks synagogues and study halls shut, calls for stricter standards.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/19/2020, 1:12 PM

American Orthodox rabbis increasingly split over safety of communal prayer

Coronavirus lockdowns have split Orthodox Jewish leaders in the US over whether to operate synagogues and public prayer groups.Shira Hanu, JTA, 5/17/2020, 7:51 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Synagogues could reopen for High Holy Days

Dir. of National Inst. of Infectious Diseases says US synagogues may be able to be open in the fall, but only if certain conditions are met.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/8/2020, 6:17 AM

Atlanta synagogue walks back reopening announcement

Synagogue says it will remain closed, hours after announcing planned reopening. 'Chabad in Georgia taking extra precautionary measures.'Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 5/2/2020, 8:24 PM

Argentina rabbis shutter synagogues to prevent coronavirus spread

Synagogues in Argentina completely close due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown.JTA Staff, 3/23/2020, 7:51 AM

City of Bat Yam closes synagogues

This is the first time that a major city has made a sweeping decision to close synagogues for a lengthy time period.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/19/2020, 4:08 AM

Chicago Jews train to defend synagogues responsibly

CCL Shul Members aims to train Jewish carry license holders to bear arms responsibly, praying they will not be needed.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/31/2020, 9:28 AM

Secure Community Network report: Armed police officers better than armed congregants

Synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says.Ben Sales, JTA, 1/17/2020, 8:17 AM

Alexandria's restored synagogue heralds new chapter for Egypt's Jews

Egypt completes restoration of ancient Alexandria synagogue, allowing it to reopen.AFP, 1/11/2020, 10:51 PM

Bar-Ilan U Jewish Art Dept features exhibit on Indian synagogues

India's standing synagogues date from the 16th century to modern times, and were established by 5 distinct Indian Jewish communities.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/10/2019, 10:50 AM

Site playing synagogue matchmaker tops 1,100 synagogues

Over 1,100 synagogues offer young Jewish people free High Holidays seats.Marcy Oster, JTA, 9/24/2019, 2:29 PM

US group launches 'Synagogue Security Initiative'

Americans Against Antisemitism offers free security training for US synagogues ahead of the High Holidays.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/12/2019, 8:11 PM

Visitors to be allowed access to Jewish hospitals, synagogues

Dozens of synagogues usually closed for security reasons to open to public on 20th European Days of Jewish Culture.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 8/23/2019, 5:59 PM

Century-old synagogue to be turned into college student housing

108-year-old synagogue is becoming apartments for Syracuse University studentsBen Sales, JTA, 7/30/2019, 9:21 AM

'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Globally significant' discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust.AFP, 7/19/2019, 1:51 PM

Be'er Sheva: Suspects charged for stealing from synagogues

Indictments filed against two suspects charged with stealing from synagogues, private home.Ben Shaul, 7/15/2019, 12:47 PM

Senators seek additional funds to synagogues for security

Two senators introduce bipartisan legislation to give funds to synagogues to help provide additional security against potential attacks.Ben Ariel, 5/20/2019, 3:03 AM

Spending bill includes funds for synagogue security

New bill signed by President Trump provides federal funding for nonprofits to improve security.Marcy Oster, JTA, 2/19/2019, 7:38 AM

Jewish groups offer aid to victims of Boston-area gas explosions

Groups offer help to synagogues affected by Boston-area gas explosions.JTA, 9/15/2018, 7:58 PM

White powder sent to Connecticut synagogue

FBI takes over investigation after unknown person sends letter with white powder to Middletown synagogue. Mayor: No danger to community.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/13/2018, 2:39 PM

New Samaria synagogue is a 'dream come true' for Dutch Jews

Replica of Dutch synagogue destroyed in WWII opens near Jerusalem.JTA, 6/13/2018, 2:42 PM

'They'd never do this to a church or mosque'

Synagogues belonging to communities destroyed in the Holocaust are now being used as entertainment venues.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/2/2018, 10:44 PM

What are Europe's synagogues currently being used as?

New map shows locations of thousands of synagogues - as well as the current, and surprising, use of those buildings.Guy Cohen, 3/16/2018, 1:23 PM

Charity boxes stolen from synagogues in southern Israel

Suspect admits to breaking into synagogues, stealing charity boxes and money from safe.Ben Shaul, 1/8/2018, 2:56 PM

When the local synagogue dies

A Rust Belt synagogue 'runs out of people' and gathers to bury its past.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/6/2018, 7:09 PM

US synagogues to receive federal disaster relief?

Orthodox Union applauds House Committee’s unanimous passage of Disaster Relief Bill compelling FEMA fairness for houses of worship.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/1/2017, 1:56 PM

'Everyone should feel like they belong'

From ASL interpreters to service dogs, Orthodox shuls are trying to be more inclusive.JTA, 11/25/2017, 6:09 PM

Historic Maine synagogue to be turned into high-end apartments

Communities bid farewell to two historic synagogues sold to developers planning to raze them, build high-end apartments.JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/10/2017, 11:56 AM

Last remnants of Jewish community struggle to retain heritage

A Hasidic dynasty began in this Romanian town. Now the Jewish community is barely surviving.JTA, 9/16/2017, 10:59 PM

Tzohar campaigns for access for blind to synagogues

This coming Shabbat , as we read about our Forefather Yitzchak losing his sight, Tzohar will call attention to needs of blind in synagogues., 11/30/2016, 9:16 PM

First prayer and chavruta, after sixty years

The Ayelet Hashachar organization establishes synagogues in kibbutzim and leads prayers on holidays. Now we inviting you to join and supportAyelet Hashachar, 9/26/2016, 7:37 PM

Israeli ambassador visits Alexandria synagogue

Israel's ambassador to Egypt tells of Alexandria's disappearing community and a rich heritage.Nitsan Keidar, 9/22/2016, 11:46 PM

MK Glick: Gush Katif 'dreamers' will return home

Likud MK and Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick speaks to Arutz Sheva about what he thinks it would take to get Gaza back.Rachel Kaplan, 8/12/2016, 10:33 AM

NYC shul mulls, rejects 'SynaCondo' idea

West Side Jewish Center – Congregation Beth Israel considered a combination temple/residential building, but thought better of it.Gil Ronen, 1/18/2016, 12:56 PM

Proposal: Strengthen Security in Synagogues

Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay makes specific requests to secure synagogues, noting prayer cannot be postponed.Hezki Baruch, 10/14/2015, 3:40 PM

$500K to Fortify Synagogues Against Rocket Fire

Deputy Religious Affairs Minister blames Shas for lagging behind in fortifying religious buildings.Tova Dvorin, 1/5/2015, 1:55 PM

Gush Katif Jews Rebuild Destroyed Synagogue

Jews from Ganei Tal build synagogue in Shakem near Ashdod after the model of their synagogue in Gaza, 'until we return to Gush Katif.'Ari Yashar, 2/9/2014, 10:05 PM

Serious Vandalism of Coastal Synagogues

Town between Ashdod and Ashkelon has two synagogues broken into by vandals who ripped Torah scrolls and threw them on the floor.Ari Yashar, 1/10/2014, 12:45 PM

Campaign to Restore Historic Synagogue

Polish campaigners say that unless funds are found soon, Krasnik synagogue restoration at risk.Michael Freund, 1/3/2014, 2:22 PM

Tel Aviv Synagogue Vandalized with Swastikas

Nazi slogans, swastikas spray-painted on Tel Aviv synagogue. Suspect in custody.Ari Soffer, 12/31/2013, 2:45 PM

Rabbi Ariel: No Phones On in Synagogue – Period

Rabbi of Ramat Gan nixes cell phones in synagogue, even on ‘silent’ mode, and has warning for Torah pamphlets as well.Maayana Miskin, 10/3/2013, 12:05 PM

Prosecutors to 'Throw Book' at Netanya Arsonist

The alleged arsonist of a synagogue in Netanya is likely to remain in jail for a long time, prosecutors say.David Lev, 8/5/2013, 6:35 PM

Defective Shabbat Timer Causes Major Shul Blaze

A defective Shabbat timer was apparently the cause of a major fire at a Chabad synagogue in a neighborhood of JerusalemDavid Lev, 5/19/2013, 5:52 PM

Turkish Police Foil Al-Qaeda US Embassy Plot

Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Ankara as well as a synagogue.Arutz Sheva staff, 4/12/2013, 1:15 PM

Lithuanian Synagogues Face State of Ruin

Lithuania's synagogues, the vestiges of Jewish presence wiped out in Holocaust, are falling to ruin from lack of funding and support. Arutz Sheva staff, 4/8/2013, 12:07 PM

Police Investigate Minneapolis Passover Vandalism

The Temple Israel synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized as congregants gathered to celebrate Passover. Arutz Sheva staff, 3/28/2013, 2:16 AM

ADL Welcomes Indictments in NJ Synagogue Attacks

ADL welcomes indictment against two individuals in a series of attacks targeting synagogues in Bergen County, New Jersey.Arutz Sheva staff, 3/3/2013, 11:41 AM

Defying Members, Kibbutz Refuses Synagogue Plan

There are still kibbutzim in Israel that do not have synagogues – and one of them intends to keep it that wayDavid Lev, 2/28/2013, 1:57 PM

Surviving Auschwitz Synagogue on Verge of Collapse

A synagogue near the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz is on the verge of collapse, officials warned last week. Arutz Sheva staff, 2/18/2013, 5:22 PM

Ancient British Synagogue Begins Restoration

The restoration process of one of Britain's oldest synagogues will begin in March.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/18/2013, 4:47 PM

Synagogue, Day School Building Seized by IRS

A building that houses a synagogue and Jewish day school in Massachusetts has reportedly been seized by the Internal Revenue Service.Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/27/2012, 12:43 AM

LAPD Charges Man in Bomb Hoax Against Synagogue

Police have arrested a man they believe made multiple phony bomb threats against a Los Angeles synagogue on Tuesday. Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/21/2012, 2:44 AM

Multiple Bomb Threats Made Against LA Synagogue

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated two bomb threats near a Jewish synagogue in Koreatown, L.A. early Tuesday morning. Rachel Hirshfeld , 12/19/2012, 5:23 PM

NY Police Urge More Security at Synagogues

Israel's campaign against Hamas terrorists in Gaza has led to repercussions in the Jewish world.David Lev, 11/18/2012, 10:19 PM

Fire Sets Historic Connecticut Synagogue Ablaze

A fire seriously damaged a historic synagogue in Connecticut on Sunday morning. Rachel Hirshfeld , 10/16/2012, 12:01 PM

Budapest Jewish Leader Attacked Leaving Synagogue

Police in Budapest said they have arrested two men after a Jewish community leader was attacked after leaving synagogue Friday night. Rachel Hirshfeld, 10/7/2012, 8:49 AM

Judaica Thieves in Milan Sentenced in Jerusalem

Thieves who traveled from Israel to steal treasures from a synagogue in Milan were punished – by judges in Jerusalem.Chana Ya'ar, 9/9/2012, 3:05 PM