‘Lost’ Jewish Mural Restored, Installed In New Home


Burlington, Vt. — Aaron Goldberg braced himself, clutching the rope attached to a paper cover-up that hid the now-restored “Lost Shul” Mural at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue on Sunday.

Attendees of the official unveiling of the “Lost Shul” Mural at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue see the mural for the first time. RNS

Houston Floods Inundate Jewish Homes And 2 Synagogues


Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars and leaving at least five people dead.

Rodeph Shalom's Shireinu: Creating Community Since 2008

In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month (#JDAM15), I had the privilege of interviewing Rabbi Robert Levine, Rabbi Benjamin Spratt and Rabbi Leora Kaye from Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City. These three amazing religious leaders plus Mrs. Gina Levine and Dr. Nancy Crown have worked together to develop Shireinu, holiday worship services for families of individuals with special needs.

The Shireinu program was started in June 2008 when Dr. Nancy Crown mentioned to Rabbi Levine’s wife that she felt her daughter with special needs did not fit in at Rodeph Sholom and therefore could only attend services on the high holidays.

Dr. Frances Victory

Fire Started In Synagogue Near Paris


Unidentified individuals started a fire inside a synagogue near Paris and drew a swastika on its wall.

After The Rage, The Memes

CNN apologizes for Jerusalem attack headlines.

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After coming under heavy fire for its initial coverage of Tuesday's attack at Bnei Torah synagogue in Western Jerusalem, CNN issued a public apology.

5 Israelis Killed In Terror Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue

Two Palestinian assailants armed with a gun, axes and knives murdered four worshippers during the morning prayer service.


Four Israelis were killed in a terror attack during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue and a police officer was killed in a shoot-out with the attackers afterwards.

Four killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem. United Hatzalah.

Preparing For High Holidays Services With A Child Who Has Special Needs

The time leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time of introspection and intense planning. We think about the past year and reflect on how we have changed and grown. At the same time many of us are juggling work, getting kids ready for school, making travel arrangements, planning out the menu, buying brisket and baking challah.  Most of us are not thinking about how we are going to get through services. For a parent of a child with a disability this thought might be on the top of their list. There might be a feeling of apprehension about the community’s ability to welcome their family in an inclusive way.

Lisa Tobin

Elephants Unearthed: Ancient Synagogue Mosaic Yields Nonbiblical Images


Jerusalem — An ancient synagogue mosaic depicting nonbiblical themes — including elephants — has been removed for safekeeping, according to the lead archaeologist who discovered the three-part floor panel earlier this summer.

A Plea For Diversity In Worship

For suburban congregations, friction between passion and inclusivity.
Special To The Jewish Week

Many Westchester readers will recall that a number of synagogues in our county participated some years ago in the Synagogue 2000 program. The program stressed two central goals: (1) making the synagogue a more spiritually fulfilling and uplifting place; and (2) making the synagogue a welcoming, “user-friendly” place, which would draw people in.

Rabbi Gordon Tucker

5 Synagogue Inclusion How-Tos For The Holidays

Ready or not, the High Holy Days are upon us!

Recently, Jewish Learning Venture hosted a webinar on “High Holiday Inclusion” as part of outreach to clergy and lay leadership in the Philadelphia vicinity. We are sharing some tips that we hope your community can utilize, either this year or in the future, to make your synagogue truly a house of worship for all people.

Clergy and synagogue staff can easily and cheaply do a lot to make services a happy and calm experience for everyone. Fotolia
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