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JFNA Raising $54 Million for Coronavirus Relief Fund

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America is working to raise $54 million to ensure continued human services for Jewish communities and those affected by the coronavirus...

Ukraine, Israel, Urge Uman Pilgrims to Stay Home for Rosh Hashanah

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ukraine’s interior minister said his country will implement a ban on the convergence of foreign pilgrims at Uman for the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage as a coronavirus...

Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe Touched Sephardi Jewry Worldwide

    By Friends of Midrash Ben Ish Hai Barukh Dayan HaEmet, what a loss for Klal Yisrael! The Hakham, Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe (Ya’aqob Eliyahu ‘Abdallah Faraj Hayyim ben Rahel), a’h, founder...

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s Grave in Kazakhstan Added to Heritage List

JNS.org – The US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad recognized Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and former present Nursultan Nazarbayev for “facilitating the commemoration” of the passing,...

Low Turnout of Jews on Virtual Prayer Services Compared to Other Americans

BY BEN SALES (JTA) — During the pandemic, Jews have attended virtual services, read scripture or prayed less often than other Americans, but they have given charity and volunteered at higher...

Meet Dr. Yeshaya Shafit, Russia’s Full-Time Mohel

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — The religious Jewish world has created some unusual jobs, from shofar makers to etrog pickers to mashgichim – kosher certifiers whose job is literally to watch others cook. But one of the more...

RAA Highlights Role in Religious Liberties Case

  The Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim played a role in a groundbreaking religious liberty decision this week by the United States Supreme Court. In the case, Our Lady Of...

Klass: Women Rabbis Present Grave Threat to Fiber of Judaism

  By Rabbi Yaakov Klass The Israeli chief rabbinate has issued a threat which if carried out could lead to the direst of calamities, with ramifications for the future of Klal...

Ukraine Bans 2020 Rosh Hashanah Pilgrimage to Uman

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — The tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims who travel each year to Ukraine for a Rosh Hashanah rite will have to make different plans for...

Jewish Groups React to Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Freedoms in Hiring

JNS.org – Jewish groups expressed largely positive reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday after it considered cases on protection for religious schools against employment discrimination claims. Writing...
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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