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Platform allows visitors to digitally tour Hungarian synagogues

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.

Torah scrolls stolen from Tel Aviv synagogue

Torah scrolls stolen from Tel Aviv synagogue

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

Jewish schools, synagogues in NYC going remote again

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.

Crimea: Remains of synagogue thought to be destroyed found

Remains of synagogue thought to be destroyed unearthed in Crimea

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

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

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.

New Jersey man sentenced for conspiring to vandalize synagogues

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.

83 years since Kristallnacht: Matan Kahana inaugurates synagogue

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."

Cabinet to lift more restrictions on synagogue prayers

Cabinet to lift more restrictions on synagogue prayers

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

New infrastructure bill offers grants to synagogues, non-profits

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.

Park East Synagogue pushes out assistant rabbi, sparking protest

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.

Cornerstone laid for restoration of historic Russian synagogue

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.

New criteria offer advantage to new synagogues in Judea, Samaria

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.'

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.

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.'

'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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

World Org of Synagogues: Prepare ground for outside prayer

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.

Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate holiday plans

Delta variant forcing synagogues to re-evaluate High Holiday plans

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

'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.

Watch: Returning to the Synagogues - Special online conferenceplayer

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

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

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.

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.

Australian city's bike path “an assault on the 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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Roof collapses on 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.

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.

NJ teen confesses to 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.

'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.

Chabad rabbi: 'Those who spread fake news 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.

'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.

'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.

Marc Chagall's synagogue up for sale by 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.

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.

2 synagogues vandalized in central Israel player

2 synagogues vandalized in central Israel

Vandals desecrate Torah scrolls after breaking into synagogues in Petah Tikva. 'This cannot be tolerated.'