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Orthodox Woman Tasked With Mending Ties Between Israel, Diaspora

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Omer Yankelevich is the new minister of Diaspora affairs in Israel, meaning she’s in charge of managing the Jewish state’s relations with Jewish communities abroad. It has...

770 Reopens With Lots of Dancing, Little Distancing

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – It closed with dancing and it reopened with dancing. The main Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn reopened to a large crowd Monday, more than...

Deri Tries Again to End Conversions Outside of Chief Rabbinate

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two years after his bill trying to negate all conversions outside of the state’s Chief Rabbinate stalled in the Knesset,  Shas party head Aryeh Deri...

OU Update on Shul and Community Guidlines

Update from the OU/RCA We are certainly encouraged that downward trends in disease have moved many states towards re-opening. Nevertheless, we reiterate that based on our Halachic value of the concern...

Shliach From Montana: Loving All Styles of Learning

By Rabbi Chaim Bruk Sefer Bamidbar is referred to as the “Book of Numbers,” based on the Talmudic reference to the fourth book of the Torah as “Sefer HaPekudim, but the...

Community Split Over Guidelines for Outdoor Minyanim

By Marcy Farrell Editor, 5TJT.com Guidelines for opening synagogues that were issued late last week by the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel seem to indicate that Orthodox synagogues will soon open their doors...

Fauci: Jews May May Able to Return to Shul for High Holidays

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that it might be possible for people to gather in synagogues for the Jewish High Holidays if other distancing and precautions are taken to ...

Some Restrictions Lifted at Kotel Plaza

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Western Wall Plaza reopened to worshippers on Tuesday morning. The reopening comes after the Israeli government relaxed some of its coronavirus restrictions, including canceling the restriction...

Another Brooklyn Funeral, Another Breach of Rules

(JTA) – Two days after New York City’s mayor called out “the Jewish community” when vowing to crack down on gatherings, city police intervened in another funeral in a...

Chief Rabbi of Morocco’s Heartrending Call: ‘We Must Keep Our Children!

In a lecture broadcast to thousands of viewers worldwide, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto delivers dire warning of assimilation * Economic crisis instigated by coronavirus pandemic endangers hundreds of children in...
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Where Dems and Republicans Are Trying to Woo Jewish Swing Voters

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