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Europe: Synagogues sold for next to nothing

Europe: Synagogues sold for next to nothing

In Eastern Europe, historic synagogues are sold for the price of a used car.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 08/03/2021 08:55
Roof collapses on dilapidated 18th-century former synagogue in Ukraine

Roof collapses on dilapidated 18th-century former synagogue in Ukraine

Large parts of historic synagogue in Brody, Ukraine, collapse. 'If no changes take place, we'll lose a unique monument,' Jewish group says.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 06/03/2021 18:55
Synagogue organization: 'Don't forget the children'

Synagogue organization: 'Don't forget the children'

World Synagogue Organization calls for continued outdoor prayers, suggests giving under-16s key roles in leading outdoor prayer sessions.Orly Harari, 02/03/2021 12:55
NJ teen confesses to spearheading plot to vandalize Midwestern synagogues

NJ teen confesses to spearheading plot to vandalize Midwestern synagogues

Neo-Nazi group 'The Base' was run by 19-year-old New Jersey man, who plotted attacks on at least 2 synagogues in Midwest.Gabe Friedman, JTA, 01/03/2021 07:04
Rabbi Shmuel Slotky: 'Don't enter the synagogue if you're not vaccinated'

Rabbi Shmuel Slotky: 'Don't enter the synagogue if you're not vaccinated'

'Prayers of someone who enters synagogue without meeting criteria are completely worthless,' head of synagogue association says.Nitzan Kedar, 17/02/2021 09:25
Rabbi Yaroslavsky: 'Those who encourage others not to get vaccinated cause bloodshed'

Rabbi Yaroslavsky: 'Those who encourage others not to get vaccinated cause bloodshed'

Rabbi Yaroslavsky, one of the leading Chabad rabbis in Israel, says those not vaccinated against coronavirus may not attend synagogue.Ben Shaul, 16/02/2021 15:01
MK Pindrus: 'We won't allow lifting restrictions without opening synagogues'

MK Pindrus: 'We won't allow lifting restrictions without opening synagogues'

MK Yitzhak Pindrus says coronavirus restrictions are still necessary, but synagogues should reopen the way cultural centers are reopening.Ben Shaul, 15/02/2021 15:00
World Synagogue Organization: 'Open synagogues with Green Passport plan'

World Synagogue Organization: 'Open synagogues with Green Passport plan'

Ahead of the Purim holiday, World Synagogue Organization calls on Israeli government to reopen synagogues, ensure public health.Arutz Sheva Staff, 08/02/2021 13:21
Marc Chagall's synagogue up for sale by Vitebsk, Belarus, municipality

Marc Chagall's synagogue up for sale by Vitebsk, Belarus, municipality

In Belarus, Marc Chagall’s synagogue is for sale to anyone willing to restore it.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 30/01/2021 18:28
Montreal police close down synagogues

Montreal police close down synagogues

Police claim too many worshippers were present in the building; the community says they complied with guidelines.Shlomo Witty, 24/01/2021 23:01
2 synagogues vandalized in central Israel

2 synagogues vandalized in central Israel

Vandals desecrate Torah scrolls after breaking into synagogues in Petah Tikva. 'This cannot be tolerated.'David Rosenberg, 18/01/2021 11:01
Watch: Vandal strikes 4 Brooklyn synagogues in 1 hour

Watch: Vandal strikes 4 Brooklyn synagogues in 1 hour

Graffiti vandal defaces 4 synagogues, breaking into one of them, in Shabbat hate-spree.Gary Willig, 31/12/2020 20:23
Belgian court to rule on opening of synagogues

Belgian court to rule on opening of synagogues

Court said earlier that the closure of places of worship was disproportionate and ordered the government to submit response by Sunday.Ben Shaul, 13/12/2020 01:15
UK Federation of Synagogues asks gov't to keep synagogues open

UK Federation of Synagogues asks gov't to keep synagogues open

The UK is about to enter a second national lockdown, lasting a month.Nitzan Keidar, 04/11/2020 09:08
Cabinet to approve opening of synagogues

Cabinet to approve opening of synagogues

Coronavirus Czar will not oppose cabinet move to allow reopening of synagogues for up to 10 worshippers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 28/10/2020 21:23
'We will consider closing synagogues on Yom Kippur and banning demonstrations'

'We will consider closing synagogues on Yom Kippur and banning demonstrations'

Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch says possibility of closing synagogues on Yom Kippur if the pandemic continues to rage is considered.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 18/09/2020 21:27
World Synagogue Organization: 'Better to pray outside during High Holidays'

World Synagogue Organization: 'Better to pray outside during High Holidays'

'Infection rates are at their highest, spending lengthy amounts of time in synagogues may present a risk,' organization says.Hezki Baruch, 14/09/2020 11:51
Halle Jewish community moves services from synagogue to larger venue

Halle Jewish community moves services from synagogue to larger venue

Nearly a year after attempted Yom Kippur attack, pandemic forces Halle Jews out of synagogue for High Holidays.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 14/09/2020 08:50
New plan allowing holiday prayers to take place in synagogues approved

New plan allowing holiday prayers to take place in synagogues approved

Coronavirus Cabinet approves plan for prayers during High Holidays, allowing synagogues to open with 'capsules.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 31/08/2020 10:17
Will the coronavirus guidelines for synagogues be changed?

Will the coronavirus guidelines for synagogues be changed?

Details of plan for operating synagogues, 'traffic light' plan, to be ironed out at special meeting.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/08/2020 09:55
Pennsylvania synagogue vandalized with swastika graffiti

Pennsylvania synagogue vandalized with swastika graffiti

Police in Harrisburg are investigating vandalism with swastikas on the Kesher Israel Synagogue in Harrisburg. Subscribe to WArutz Sheva Staff, 11/08/2020 10:54
Beirut's only synagogue still standing after blast

Beirut's only synagogue still standing after blast

Beirut synagogue appears to suffer only minor damage from deadly blast.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 08/08/2020 20:52
Uzbekistan: Demolition of community synagogue prevented

Uzbekistan: Demolition of community synagogue prevented

Construction firm withdraws lawsuit to evict synagogue in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 08/08/2020 20:37
Rabbi David Lau: Find a solution to allow prayer in synagogues

Rabbi David Lau: Find a solution to allow prayer in synagogues

Chief Rabbi Lau participates in Zoom meeting focused on coronavirus restrictions in synagogues, emphasizes most comply with guidelines.Ben Shaul, 05/08/2020 12:29
Uzbekistan Jews fight to save 124-year-old synagogue from demolition

Uzbekistan Jews fight to save 124-year-old synagogue from demolition

Jews in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, fight to save synagogue from being demolished in favor of luxury apartment complex.Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 02/08/2020 00:17
More worshipers allowed in synagogues as Tisha B'Av approaches

More worshipers allowed in synagogues as Tisha B'Av approaches

Haredi party heads meet with Health Minister to discuss operating yeshivot in coming year, opposition to restricting synagogues.Mordechai Sones, 27/07/2020 20:56
Litzman: Conditions for synagogues should be the same as for hotel dining rooms

Litzman: Conditions for synagogues should be the same as for hotel dining rooms

Housing and Construction Minister demands that conditions for opening synagogues should be the same as the plan for dining rooms in hotels.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 24/07/2020 21:07
Turning synagogues into mausoleums makes no sense

Turning synagogues into mausoleums makes no sense

Is the policy for shuls a good one? Is taking up a bazooka to kill a cockroach a good plan? In public health you must use common senseSteve Apfel, 20/07/2020 20:02
Health Ministry, NSC call for total closure of synagogues, gyms

Health Ministry, NSC call for total closure of synagogues, gyms

Government to hold emergency meeting to deliberate on calls for total closure of synagogues and gyms, limits on beaches, parks.David Rosenberg, 06/07/2020 10:43
The new head of a synagogue security agency wants to start training Jews in college

The new head of a synagogue security agency wants to start training Jews in college

'The golden age is over, it's time to protect ourselves,' security organization head Evan Bernstein says.Ben Sales, JTA, 22/06/2020 09:11
Ontario will allow synagogues to reopen

Ontario will allow synagogues to reopen

Municipalities in Toronto, Ontario, to allow places of worship to reopen at 30% capacity.Marcy Oster, JTA, 10/06/2020 08:49
Religious services to resume in New York state

Religious services to resume in New York state

Governor Cuomo says religious services may resume on Thursday if limited to 10 or fewer participants.Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/05/2020 03:11
Guidelines for reopening of synagogues

Guidelines for reopening of synagogues

Worshippers should bring prayer books from home, all synagogues must have hand sanitizers at entrances.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/05/2020 16:05
Synagogues to reopen with 50 worshipers at a time

Synagogues to reopen with 50 worshipers at a time

Prime Minister Netanyahu approves outline for the opening of synagogues. Worshipers must wear a mask and keep a distance of two meters.Ido Ben Porat, 19/05/2020 23:04
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky: 'Our sins caused us to be chased from our synagogues'

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, 19/05/2020 13:12
American Orthodox rabbis increasingly split over safety of communal prayer

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, 17/05/2020 19:51
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Synagogues could reopen for High Holy Days

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, 08/05/2020 06:17
Atlanta synagogue walks back reopening announcement

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, 02/05/2020 20:24
Argentina rabbis shutter synagogues to prevent coronavirus spread

Argentina rabbis shutter synagogues to prevent coronavirus spread

Synagogues in Argentina completely close due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown.JTA Staff, 23/03/2020 07:51
City of Bat Yam closes synagogues

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, 19/03/2020 04:08
Chicago Jews train to defend synagogues responsibly

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, 31/01/2020 09:28
Secure Community Network report: Armed police officers better than armed congregants

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

Synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says.Ben Sales, JTA, 17/01/2020 08:17
Alexandria's restored synagogue heralds new chapter for Egypt's Jews

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

Egypt completes restoration of ancient Alexandria synagogue, allowing it to reopen.AFP, 11/01/2020 22:51
Bar-Ilan U Jewish Art Dept features exhibit on Indian synagogues

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, 10/11/2019 10:50
Site playing synagogue matchmaker tops 1,100 synagogues

Site playing synagogue matchmaker tops 1,100 synagogues

Over 1,100 synagogues offer young Jewish people free High Holidays seats.Marcy Oster, JTA, 24/09/2019 14:29
US group launches 'Synagogue Security Initiative'

US group launches 'Synagogue Security Initiative'

Americans Against Antisemitism offers free security training for US synagogues ahead of the High Holidays.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/09/2019 20:11
Visitors to be allowed access to Jewish hospitals, synagogues

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, 23/08/2019 17:59
Century-old synagogue to be turned into college student housing

Century-old synagogue to be turned into college student housing

108-year-old synagogue is becoming apartments for Syracuse University studentsBen Sales, JTA, 30/07/2019 09:21
'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Archaeologists burst into tears'

'Globally significant' discovery sheds light on Jewish life in Lithuania before Holocaust.AFP, 19/07/2019 13:51
Be'er Sheva: Suspects charged for stealing from synagogues

Be'er Sheva: Suspects charged for stealing from synagogues

Indictments filed against two suspects charged with stealing from synagogues, private home.Ben Shaul, 15/07/2019 12:47
Senators seek additional funds to synagogues for security

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, 20/05/2019 03:03
Spending bill includes funds for synagogue security

Spending bill includes funds for synagogue security

New bill signed by President Trump provides federal funding for nonprofits to improve security.Marcy Oster, JTA, 19/02/2019 07:38
Jewish groups offer aid to victims of Boston-area gas explosions

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

Groups offer help to synagogues affected by Boston-area gas explosions.JTA, 15/09/2018 19:58
White powder sent to Connecticut synagogue

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, 13/09/2018 14:39
New Samaria synagogue is a 'dream come true' for Dutch Jews

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

Replica of Dutch synagogue destroyed in WWII opens near Jerusalem.JTA, 13/06/2018 14:42
'They'd never do this to a church or mosque'

'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, 02/06/2018 22:44
What are Europe's synagogues currently being used as?

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, 16/03/2018 13:23