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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to vandalizing synagogue

Aug. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to vandalizing a synagogue last year as part of a neo-Nazi plot, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Yousef Barasneh, 22, of Oak Creek, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal civil rights charge, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern District of...

As his 3-year-old son Tzvi looks on, Rabbi Mordechai Chalk leads a service for his congregation via a teleconference app from his home in London on Friday, June 19, 2020, just before sunset. Taking services online-only has been particularly challenging for the Orthodox Jewish community, members of which are proscribed from using electronics on Shabbat, their day of rest. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)

AP PHOTOS: Across faiths, pandemic alters worship, rites

Aug. 13, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

London and its environs are home to a notable diversity of faiths and flocks. Rites that have been the bedrock of their beliefs for centuries had to evolve swiftly during the pandemic lockdown to be safe and relevant for the faithful amid global uncertainty. In the Hertfordshire county village of Northchurch,...

Carpenter Thomas Thiele, front, removes the bullet hole-ridden door of synagogue in Halle, Germany, Monday, July 28, 2020. The door is slated to become part of a memorial and a new one is being installed in its place. On Oct. 9, 2019 a man repeatedly tried, but failed, to force his way into the synagogue with 52 worshippers inside, before shooting and killing a woman in the street outside and a man at a nearby kebab shop. (Hendrik Schmidtpa/dpa via AP)

Damaged door of attacked German synagogue replaced

Jul. 28, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The bullet hole-ridden door of a German synagogue that held firm in a botched far-right attack on Yom Kippur last year was being replaced on Tuesday, a week after the suspect went on trial. It is slated to become part of a memorial. The suspect, Stephan Balliet, is alleged to have posted an...

This image provided by Rabbi Abraham Cooper shows Cooper, left, and Nick Cannon during a conversation on Thursday, July 17, 2020, in Burbank, Calif. (Rabbi Abraham Cooper via AP)

Rabbi: Cannon 'genuinely concerned' after apology, meeting

Jul. 17, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon says the television host and producer is “genuinely concerned about the hurt” he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to work together to reject hate. Cannon apologized to the Jewish community this week for his “hurtful and...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,

Nick Cannon apologizes to Jewish community for hurtful words

Jul. 15, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

Nick Cannon apologized to the Jewish community late Wednesday for his “hurtful and divisive” words, a day after ViacomCBS severed ties with him for the remarks made on a podcast. The Anti-Defamation league and some Jewish leaders had condemned what they called anti-Semitic theories expressed by...

In this photo provided by Yaelle Ehrenpreis Meyer, Ahava Ehrenpreis and her son, Saadya Ehrenpreis, pose for a picture in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Saadya Ehrenpreis was hospitalized with COVID-19 in April and died a month before he would have graduated from the Makor College Experience program at Yeshiva University. (Yaelle Ehrenpreis Meyer via AP)

Lives Lost: For man with Down syndrome, a college dream

Jun. 18, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Right up to the end, the status message on Saadya Ehrenpreis’ WhatsApp profile read: “Having the time of my life.” “And he was,” Ahava Ehrenpreis said of her son, one of more than 110,000 lives claimed by COVID-19 in the United States so far. Born with...