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I became a mother unexpectedly in my early 20s, and when I say unexpectedly, I mean that two weeks after I found out I was pregnant I was holding a baby boy in my arms. The shock set in immediately, as I was truly unsure of what to do as he looked up at me with bright eyes.
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Synagogues made COVID-safe High Holiday plans. Then came Delta.

(JTA) — The leadership team at Ikar, a synagogue in Los Angeles, had just begun planning to move their services indoors. They had gone through a year of virtual services followed by several months of outdoor services for members vaccinated against COVID-19. Then the Delta variant hit. Now the synagogue,...
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What Do You Think of Facebook’s New ‘Prayer’ Button?

(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) The pandemic has disrupted all aspects of people’s lives, including interfering in how we commune with the Almighty. For a while, church-going was virtually banned or severely restricted. The essence of worship — gathering together in a community of believers sharing love and understanding — was made illegal.

“Worthless Religion” July 26

Today our churches are full of people who do religious things. They go through the motions and may even look like faithful Christians to others. But God is always looking at the heart. Many of them have never understood or embraced the gospel and so have not experienced genuine heart change. Others are trying to appear one way while living another. When they do, it’s just empty religion and not pleasing to God. Could any of that apply to you or me?
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Detective Named First Security Director for Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

After 30 years in law enforcement, including 24 with the Canton Police Department, John Colangelo could have retired as a detective, but he says he had too much left to give. Colangelo recently started as the first Community Security Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, where he will serve as an expert adviser to Jewish institutions like synagogues and day schools, and as a liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement. He also will represent the Federation and the Jewish community in public security forums.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota's last survivor of Holocaust children's rescue offers lesson in history

Benno Black is the last known person in Minnesota who participated in a Jewish children rescue effort — called kindertransport — at the brink of World War II. In July 1939, he boarded a train with other Jewish children bound for England, carrying a leather suitcase with his school notebook, pressed flowers from his mother, family photos and a few other mementos. He was 13.

Once Flourishing Community Experiences Jewish Revival

The renaissance of Yiddishkeit in Crimea was on display at the Hachnasas Sefer Torah ceremony held last week. Since the arrival of Rabbi Yechezkel Lazar and his family to Crimea four years ago, the city has experienced a revival of Jewish activity. The renaissance of Yiddishkeit in Crimea was expressed...
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Mike Pompeo to Headline July 25 Rally Against Antisemitism

EL CAJON, California – In response to an all-time high number of violent attacks on Jewish people and synagogues in the U.S., a rally titled “We Are Israel” will be held on Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. in Prescott Prominade Park at 201 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon.
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Ruth Ann Dailey: COVID-19 and the tale of 2 churches

We muse regularly about how the pandemic has altered our spaces and habits, perhaps permanently. Many who embraced remote work aren’t eager to return to crowded cubicle farms. The real estate industry sees less demand for office space and greater demand for homes with plenty of outdoor living. The changes go on and on.

Jewish life: calls for class visits to synagogues | free press

Munich (AP) – In the fight against anti-Semitism, former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, and Bavarian anti-Semitism commissioner Ludwig Spaenle consider visiting classes in synagogues wise. She would like the Munich synagogue tours to become even more popular with school classes and adult education...
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Albany synagogue proposes 8-foot security fence

ALBANY – An Orthodox synagogue is seeking permission to install an 8-foot fence around its property on Whitehall Road in response to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks across the country in the past few years. Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob asked the city’s Planning Department last year if it could move ahead...
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U.S. To Return 'Priceless' Jewish Artifacts Taken During Holocaust to Places of Origin

Religious artifacts stolen from Jewish synagogues and homes in Europe during the Holocaust were seized by U.S. authorities on their way to auction, U.S. authorities said. Authorities announced that they plan to return 17 recovered funeral scrolls, manuscripts and other historic records that were about to be put up for bid in New York City. They will be returned to their communities of origin in Romania, Hungary, Ukraine and Slovakia, where the items were traced to Jewish communities pillaged during Nazi rule, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Israel to Ban Unvaccinated Citizens from All Public Venues Including Synagogues

Those who refuse to get vaccinated “are undermining the efforts of all of us,” Israeli Prime Minister Bennett announced. The number of new coronavirus cases in Israel continues to rise. Unvaccinated Israelis will not be allowed at any venue with over 100 people, both indoor and outdoor. Science is clear:...
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How a tiny toy monkey escaped Nazi Germany to reunite a family after 80 years

The Second World War resulted in some of the worst human suffering the world had seen. The stories that are told by the survivors of the Nazi prosecution of the Jews in Germany are heartbreaking. NPR reporter, Uri Berliner is the son of a German Jew who managed to escape the country through an escape route that existed for children and took them to the safety of other countries. He had to leave his parents behind and as a 14-year-old boy, he had to go to a foreign country by himself. He was taken in by a kind family in Sweden but among the limited possessions he could take with himself he took with him a tiny toy monkey.

Scripture Readings

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14. Therefore settle...