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Support flows to 'changed' Texas synagogue after standoff

Jan. 17, 2022 20:44 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The tight-knit congregation at a Texas synagogue where four people were held hostage by an armed captor during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend traces its roots back to a gathering organized over 20 years ago by a handful of families who were new to the area. “It...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jan. 17, 2022 15:34 PM EST

Dallas Morning News. Jan. 16, 2022. Editorial: What we can learn from Colleyville synagogue terror attack Emotions have been everywhere over what happened in Colleyville Saturday night — relief, gratitude, anger, fear, frustration, exhaustion. The...

FBI: Texas synagogue hostage taker's demands were specifically focused on issue not connected to Jewish community

Jan. 15, 2022 23:37 PM EST
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — FBI: Texas synagogue hostage taker's demands were specifically focused on issue not connected to Jewish community.

On Jewish Earth Day, more Jewish groups take climate action

Jan. 14, 2022 17:20 PM EST

(RNS) — Tu BiShvat, the Jewish new year of the trees, barely registers on most Jewish calendars, except as an occasion to plant trees or eat fruit and nuts. But the one-day holiday, which begins Sunday (Jan. 16), has gotten a boost these past few years as environmentalists have...

Future of prayer site in doubt under Israel's fragile govt

Jan. 04, 2022 02:55 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israel's new government took office last June, it indicated it would press ahead on an egalitarian prayer site at Jerusalem's Western Wall — a sensitive holy site that has emerged as a point of friction between Jews over how prayer is conducted there. But...

Hard-hit by COVID, Israel's ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots

Dec. 28, 2021 05:12 AM EST

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Yossi Levy has repeatedly booked and canceled his coronavirus vaccine appointment. The 45-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew recovered from the virus earlier this year, as have his eight children and wife. But a combination of lethargy and procrastination has prevented him from...

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

Dec. 28, 2021 05:08 AM EST

In Germany, Lutheran pastors are offering COVID-19 shots inside churches. In Israel’s science-skeptical ultra-Orthodox community, trusted rabbis are trying to change minds. And in South Africa, undertakers are taking to the streets to spread the word. The funeral directors'...

Interfaith coalition urges Louis Vuitton to shed fur items

Dec. 10, 2021 01:20 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders is urging luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton to stop using animal fur in its clothing and other products. In a joint statement, Orthodox Christian priest Stephen Karcher, Hindu activist Rajan Zed, Jewish rabbi...

Israel stops plan for contentious east Jerusalem settlement

Dec. 06, 2021 14:58 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem municipal officials on Monday froze plans to build a contentious large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem. The decision to halt the Atarot settlement plan came in the wake of heavy U.S. opposition to the project. ...

Jewish education center in Kansas City vandalized

Dec. 04, 2021 10:14 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police continue to investigate vandalism at a Jewish community and educational center on the city's upscale Country Club Plaza. Rabbi Yitzchak Itkin said vandals who hit the Chabad on the Plaza Tuesday morning threw papers and books...