A Synagogue Returns To Its Roots

Down on the farm in Briarcliff Manor.

09/21/2016 - 11:50
Westchester Correspondent

Before Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI) in Briarcliff Manor was a synagogue, it was farmland. The synagogue’s recent building of a farm on about two acres of the congregation’s seven, is, said Rabbi Steven C. Kane, a restoration in part, “to what it was.”

Michael Yoken with students at the farm. Courtesy of CSI

2 Stolen Torahs Valued At $30,000 Returned To NJ Synagogue

08/31/2016 - 12:27

(JTA) — Two Torahs valued at $30,000 that had been stolen with some $50,000 of silver religious pieces were returned to a New Jersey synagogue.

Two Torahs & other religious paraphernalia valued at $80,000 were stolen from Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J. JTA

Study: Conservative Shuls Spend On Operations At Expense Of Engagement

11/30/2015 - 19:00

Conservative Jewish synagogues are focused more on operations than youth engagement, and are more than twice as likely to have a cantor than an associate rabbi, a new survey of synagogue staffing found.


‘Lost’ Jewish Mural Restored, Installed In New Home

08/05/2015 - 20:00

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

05/27/2015 - 20:00

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

01/05/2015 - 19:00

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.

11/18/2014 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

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.

11/17/2014 - 19:00

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
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