Police increase patrols at Long Island synagogues, temples

LONG BEACH, N.Y. -- Police on Long Island have increased patrols at synagogues and temples ahead of the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.There are no credible threats of violence, but police are working with congregations."We will be going into each and every house of worship. We know when they're going to be holding services. We'll be walking right into the synagogue itself. The congregants will know that we're there," said Long Beach Police Commissioner Ronald Walsh."People know that their synagogues and their rabbis and their lay leaders are taking all the precautions necessary together with their local police departments," said Rabbi Eli Goodman, with Chabad of the Beaches.In recent months, there have been incidents of antisemitic flyers placed at dozens of homes in Nassau County.
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Jewish congregations in Connecticut happily anticipating High Holy Days

That sound you’ve been hearing all week is the sound of the new year. Yosef Wolvovsky, rabbi of The Chabad Jewish Center in Glastonbury, has been blowing the shofar for several days throughout the Hartford area to herald the coming of Rosh Hashanah, which ushers in the year 5783 on the Jewish calendar. “The shofar sounds like a piercing cry. Every one of us in our lives reaches a point when we ...
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The Top 10 Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum in NYC

In 2007, the Eldridge Street Synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side completed its renovation after a 20-year, $20 million effort. However, its history began more than a century before that. Opened in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was one of the first erected in the United States by Eastern European Jews. In 1987, local residents and urban preservationists joined forces to save the stunning architectural marvel from the verge of collapse. In September 2022, the synagogue is celebrating its 135th anniversary. Below are 10 of our favorite secrets about this stunning historical space.
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Jewish High Holy Days: A Season of Introspection, Forgiveness and Growth

Like all communities across the nation, in Santa Monica, many of us spend late August and September reacclimating our families to the new school year. Even if we do not share the immediate joy and responsibility of housing children in our homes, we are all spectators to the parade of students with bouncing backpacks spilling out of school buildings and the staccato progress of yellow school buses negotiating our city streets. This anticipatory school energy shakes the whole city awake from our summertime languor. It heralds new challenges and the potential for new successes. It stirs our own school memories and awakens us to a renewal of expectations, a new cycle of learning and growth.

Tensions simmer over Islamic Center plans in Teaneck

A Muslim group applies to open an Islamic center. Residents pack meetings to oppose the plan, expressing outrage over traffic and parking. The applicant faces delays and denials, then sues alleging discrimination. The scenario has played out in towns and cities across America, including Basking Ridge, Vineland, Bayonne and Bridgewater. As Muslim communities...

Learning about Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 25th-27th) Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days in Judaism as it serves as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashana also serves as the commemoration of the creation of the world, marking the day that God created Adam and Eve. The celebration of Rosh Hashanah is often a much more somber occasion compared to the standard New Year’s celebrations that many think of. On this holy day, work is prohibited and many religious Jews spend much of the holiday at Synagogues celebrating by singing and reading from specific religious texts, particularly a special prayer book known as the Machzor. Another essential tradition of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, as the instrument’s sound serves as a call to repentance and a reminder to Jews that God is their King.