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New bill to dramatically increase funding for security program

Orthodox Union applauds US House Approval of legislation to Authorize $500 Million annually for security grants for synagogues.

New bill to dramatically increase funding for security program

'Freedom to worship only when there is freedom from fear'

Orthodox Union applauds passage of bipartisan Pray Safe Act establishing clearinghouse on safety and security for faith-based organizations.

'Freedom to worship only when there is freedom from fear'

Montreal suburb bylaw would move home-based shuls to commercial areas

Côte Saint-Luc in process of passing bylaw change that would encourage residential synagogues to move to several rezoned commercial areas.

Montreal suburb bylaw would move home shuls to commercial areas

Maine teen arrested for plotting to bomb Chicago synagogues

18-year old accused of planning to use homemade explosives containing sharp metal objects to bomb synagogues and mosques in Chicago.

Maine teen arrested for plotting to bomb Chicago synagogues

Jews and non-Jews shelter in Ukrainian synagogues

Ukraine rabbis say non-Jews seeking refuge in synagogues, due to belief Russians will not touch the sites.

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New York federation funds security at smallest Orthodox synagogues

UJA-Federation of New York creates a $250,000 fund to beef up security at at least 50 small synagogues in Brooklyn.

NY federation funds security at smallest Orthodox synagogues

In this Turkish city, historic synagogues are seeing new life

In Turkey, the city of Shabbetai Tzvi's birth is trying to restore Jewish heritage sites and showcase history.

In this Turkish city, historic synagogues are seeing new life

Texas rabbi: I welcomed a terrorist into my congregation

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker from Colleyville urges members of Congress to increase funding for security in synagogues.

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These Spanish towns are searching for remnants of their Jewish history

In Spain, small towns are unearthing ancient synagogues to resurrect Jewish history — and attract tourists.

These Spanish towns are searching for remnants of Jewish history

Platform allows visitors to digitally tour historic Hungarian synagogues

Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities launches digital platform for visitors to take virtual tours of Hungary's historic synagogues.

Platform allows visitors to digitally tour Hungarian synagogues

Torah scrolls stolen from Tel Aviv synagogue

Police investigate break-in after several Torah scrolls are stolen from synagogue.

Torah scrolls stolen from Tel Aviv synagogue

As COVID spikes in NYC, Jewish schools and synagogues are going remote again

As number of coronavirus cases in New York spikes amid spread of Omicron variant, synagogues and Jewish schools are going remote - again.

Jewish schools, synagogues in NYC going remote again

Remains of synagogue thought to be destroyed unearthed in Crimea

Construction unearths parts of Crimean synagogue long thought to be destroyed.

Crimea: Remains of synagogue thought to be destroyed found

In Montana, a Jewish community seeks to buy back its synagogue

Jewish community in Helena, Montana seeks to buy back synagogue building sold for $1 in the 1930s.

In Montana, a Jewish community seeks to buy back its synagogue

New Jersey man sentenced for conspiring with neo-Nazis to vandalize synagogues

A New Jersey man was given a year in prison for conspiring in 2019 with members of a neo-Nazi group to vandalize synagogues.

New Jersey man sentenced for conspiring to vandalize synagogues

83 years since Kristallnacht: Matan Kahana inaugurates new synagogue

83 years ago the Nazis burned and destroyed synagogues. Today in Hatzor HaGlilit we inaugurate a new synagogue in Eretz Israel."

83 years since Kristallnacht: Matan Kahana inaugurates synagogue

Cabinet to lift more restrictions on synagogue prayers

100 people to be allowed to pray indoors at synagogues without Green Passes.

Cabinet to lift more restrictions on synagogue prayers

Synagogues eligible for grants to upgrade energy efficiency in the new infrastructure bill

New infrastructure bill passed by Congress offers $50 million for upgrading energy efficiency in synagogues, religious schools.

New infrastructure bill offers grants to synagogues, non-profits

Park East Synagogue pushes out assistant rabbi, sparking protest

'Devastated by this shocking & uncalled for news,' congregant says after hearing Park East Synagogue terminated Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt.

Park East Synagogue pushes out assistant rabbi, sparking protest

Cornerstone laid for restoration of historic Russian synagogue

The Central Synagogue in Samara, which was once one of the largest and most beautiful synagogues in Europe, is being restored.

Cornerstone laid for restoration of historic Russian synagogue

New criteria offer advantage to new synagogues in Judea, Samaria

Min. Matan Kahana sets new criteria for funding construction of new synagogues, offering advantage to areas with 'sensitive security needs.'

New criteria offer advantage to new synagogues in Judea, Samaria

Ohio city hires private investigator to observe synagogue

A private investigator observed a Cleveland-area synagogue during the High Holidays. Its worshippers are outraged.

Ohio city hires private investigator to observe synagogue

Approved: Fines for synagogue sextons if coronavirus rules are violated

Knesset committee approves fining synagogue sextons who do not enforce coronavirus rules. MK Kariv: 'Everyone deserves protection.'

Fines for synagogue sextons if coronavirus rules are violated

Dr. Yakir Kaufman: 'Synagogue isn't more dangerous than a theater with hundreds'

No difference between flights to Uman and to USA, or between synagogues and theaters, coronavirus coordinator for haredi community says.

'Synagogue isn't more dangerous than a theater with hundreds'

These are the guidelines for High Holiday prayers

World Synagogue Organization issues guidelines for safe High Holiday prayers. Among the guidelines: Entry only for those thrice-vaccinated.

These are the guidelines for High Holiday prayers

Red light for synagogues; green light for events halls

Interior Minister orders preparations for outdoor prayer in small quorums on High Holidays, while events may have up to 500 attendees.

Red light for synagogues; green light for events halls

'Budget shed' features stained glass from a synagogue's windows

Welsh synagogue’s stained glass windows resurface in British man’s backyard shed.

'Budget shed' features stained glass from a synagogue's windows

Ohio synagogue’s lawyer: Zoning case not about ‘public safety’

Lawyer for Aleksander Shul alleges that Cleveland suburb and its mayor used city building codes to keep synagogue from operating.

Ohio synagogue’s lawyer: Zoning case not about ‘public safety’

World Organization of Synagogues: Preparations should be made for outside prayer services

With children aged 12 and below now asked to provide negative Corona results, synagogues are preparing to return to outside services.

World Org of Synagogues: Prepare ground for outside prayer

Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate High Holiday plans

Synagogues made COVID-safe High Holiday plans. Then came the Delta variant.

Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate holiday plans

Religious Affairs Min.: 'A single law for theaters and synagogues'

Religious Affairs Ministry formulating plan for synagogues during holiday season, promises single standard for all venues.

'A single law for theaters and synagogues'

Watch: Returning to the Synagogues - Special online conference

Arutz Sheva hosts online conference as diaspora Jewish communities return to synagogues which were locked down in wake of Covid-19

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Post-COVID return to synagogues: The women's angle

Panel discussion with Orly Goldklang of Makor Rishon and Ofra Lax from B'Sheva on how it will feel to once again pray indoors.

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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi: Return to the synagogues

Rabbi Shlomo Amar criticizes people who continue to pray in the street after COVID restrictions on synagogues have been lifted.

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi: Return to the synagogues

Proposed bike corridor pits Australian city against Jewish community

Glen Eira's “safe cycling corridor” cuts through road with three synagogues who fear that plan will put accessibility in jeopardy.

Australian city's bike path “an assault on the Jewish community”

Four synagogues in the Bronx targeted by rock throwers

New York Police investigating after four synagogues in the Bronx were targeted in a series of rock-throwing attacks.

Four synagogues in the Bronx targeted by rock throwers

Fires blaze at synagogues in central Israel

Holy Ark in Bnei Brak synagogue is burned just minutes before Ramat Gan synagogue goes up in flames.

Fires blaze at synagogues in central Israel

“Return us to You, G-d, and we will return" to the Synagogues

After a year of living under the shadow of COVID, G-d is calling us to return to our shuls with joy and thanksgiving.

“Return us to You, G-d, and we will return" to the Synagogues

Europe: Synagogues sold for next to nothing

In Eastern Europe, historic synagogues are sold for the price of a used car.

Europe: Synagogues sold for next to nothing

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.

Roof collapses on 18th-century former synagogue in Ukraine