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Ohio city hires private investigator to observe synagogue

Ohio city hires private investigator to observe synagogue

A private investigator observed a Cleveland-area synagogue during the High Holidays. Its worshippers are outraged.Jane Kaufman, JTA, 18/09/2021 20:33
Approved: Fines for synagogue sextons if coronavirus rules are violated

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.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/08/2021 15:32
Dr. Yakir Kaufman: 'Synagogue isn't more dangerous than a theater with hundreds'

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/08/2021 13:37
These are the guidelines for High Holiday prayers

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.Yehonatan Gottlieb, 17/08/2021 14:56
Red light for synagogues; green light for events halls

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.Hezki Baruch, 16/08/2021 11:23
'Budget shed' features stained glass from a synagogue's windows

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

Welsh synagogue’s stained glass windows resurface in British man’s backyard shed.Philissa Cramer, JTA, 16/08/2021 07:39
Ohio synagogue’s lawyer: Zoning case not about ‘public safety’

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.Dan Verbin, 05/08/2021 22:09
World Organization of Synagogues: Preparations should be made for outside prayer services

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.Eitan Divinsky, 04/08/2021 12:15
Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate High Holiday plans

Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate High Holiday plans

Synagogues made COVID-safe High Holiday plans. Then came the Delta variant.Shira Hanau, JTA, 27/07/2021 09:23
Religious Affairs Min.: 'A single law for theaters and synagogues'

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 20/07/2021 13:01
Watch: Returning to the Synagogues - Special online conference

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-19Arutz Sheva, 17/06/2021 12:30
Post-COVID return to synagogues: The women's angle

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 15/06/2021 17:55
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi: Return to the synagogues

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 14/06/2021 17:10
Proposed bike corridor pits Australian city against Jewish community

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.Dan Verbin, 06/05/2021 15:37
Four synagogues in the Bronx targeted by rock throwers

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.Ben Ariel, 26/04/2021 04:06
Fires blaze at synagogues in central Israel

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.Arutz Sheva Staff, 05/04/2021 13:46
“Return us to You, G-d, and we will return" to the Synagogues

“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.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 12/03/2021 07:28
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