Here is the history behind four of Indiana’s historic synagogues.Click here for the rest of the article...
A synagogue in an Indiana town that once produced mountains of kosher marshmallows is marking its 125th anniversary. Even though the shul is long shut, that’s reason enough to celebrate.Click here for the rest of the article...
As part of a tribute to the heroes and everyone effected by the events of 9/11/2001, Music City Roofers (musiccityroofers.com) sponsors a funds raiser and invites people in America and from all over...
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…Finds its Match in New Rabbi, Steven Rosenberg
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The Sim Shalom Online Synagogue will hold its Jazz High Holiday Services at Zeb’s Sound and Light in Chelsea – and that celebration will include a very special guest.
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Former Temple President Martin Vesole explores Judaism and reform in the 21st century.
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(JTA) – Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter.
The Vlaams Belang made the statement Monday in reaction to a Cabinet minister’s announcement on forbidding the slaughter of animals in temporary slaughterhouses as of next year throughout most of the federal monarchy.
The new regulation announced on Sunday by Ben Weyts, Belgium’s minister for animal welfare, was disappointing and insufficient, the party said.
In a statement on its bid to ban ritual slaughter, Vlaams Belang wrote, “If the minister won’t take the initiative on this matter, Vlaams Belang will.”
Weyts’ ban was seen as designed to stop the killing of thousands of sheep in provisionary slaughterhouses that Muslims operate annually for other Muslims ahead of the Eid al Fitr holiday.
Some members of Belgium’s Jewish community said it would not affect Jewish slaughter, or shechitah, which is performed at licensed and permanent abattoirs.
Religious laws in Islam and Judaism require that animals be conscious when their necks are cut. Throughout Europe, the practice is under attack from animal rights activists who find it cruel and far-right movements that view it as an unwelcome foreign custom.
In addition to seeking to curb immigration into Belgium, Vlaams Belang is also a supporter of independence for the Flemish Region, one of the three autonomous parts that comprise Belgium.
The party won 3.7 percent of the vote in the federal elections earlier this year and 5.9 percent of the vote in the elections for the Flemish parliament. But in 2007, Vlaams Belang emerged as the country’s third largest party with nearly 12 percent of the vote in federal elections.
Virtually all other Belgian political parties consider Vlaams Belang a pariah movement and will not enter in power-sharing agreements with it, making it impossible for the party to enter the government.
Political analysts say the party has lost many votes to the center-right movement of Weyts, the New Flemish Alliance.
Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building.Click here for the rest of the article...
The Muslim custom of killing sheep at temporary slaughterhouses jeopardizes all ritual slaughter in Belgium, a Cabinet minister there warned.Click here for the rest of the article...
(JTA) — The Muslim custom of killing sheep at temporary slaughterhouses jeopardizes all ritual slaughter in Belgium, a Cabinet minister there warned.
Ben Weyts, Belgium’s minister for animal welfare, made the warning Sunday during an interview with the VRT broadcaster about a ban that will go into effect next year throughout most of Belgium on the slaughter of conscious animals at improvised abattoirs.
The ban is believed to be designed to prevent the slaughtering of some 20,000 sheep annually at impromptu slaughterhouses operated by Muslims for their coreligionists ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The practice, Weyts said, violates European Union legislation “which permits the slaughter of conscious animals only for religious reasons and in authorized slaughterhouses,” and therefore could jeopardize all slaughter of conscious animals.
“Because of motions by animal welfare organizations that hang over our heads, there is uncertainty,” Weyts said. “If they go to court, they will win right away and that will be a total situation of chaos because then only stunned animals may be slaughtered.”
Muslim and Jewish religious law both require animals be conscious when their necks are cut, a practice animal rights activists describe as being cruel.
The ban announced by Weyts is expected to have no effect on the Jewish community, which performs kosher slaughter, or shechitah, “only in permanent and licensed slaughterhouses,” Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the Flemish-language Jewish monthly Joods Actueel, told JTA.
Still, Rabbi Menachem Margolin of the European Jewish Association, a Brussels-based lobby group, vowed to fight to repeal the ban because it “endangers freedom of worship in Belgium,” he wrote in a statement.
A spokesman for the European Jewish Association told JTA, “Most of the proposed laws against ritual slaughter are usually proposed against Muslim slaughter as there are a lot more of them. But issues such as these have a tendency to turn into laws against kosher slaughter as well.”
A man fired a BB gun and shouted ‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ at three teens leaving a Baltimore synagogue in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.Click here for the rest of the article...
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(JTA) — A man fired a BB gun and shouted “Jews, Jews, Jews” at three Jewish teens leaving a synagogue in Baltimore in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
One of the pellets from the BB gun struck a window of the Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, a traditional Orthodox institution located in Baltimore County, in Thursday’s incident.
The gunman, described as being “possibly of Middle Eastern descent,” drove away after firing the gun and shouting at the pedestrians on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
“We want to stop that. We want to let people know that’s not going to be tolerated in our communities,” Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police told the local CBS affiliate WJZ.
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger told WJZ that if the suspect is caught he could be charged with a hate crime in addition to other criminal acts.
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz grew up among the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Jews. He now serves as a leader of a progressive synagogue that allows women to lead some prayers.Click here for the rest of the article...
The masked Islamic State militant in the videos depicting the beheading of two Americans has been identified, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday, but he did not give the person’s name or nationality.Click here for the rest of the article...
This week (September 21) in New York City, the United Nations held a summit on climate change. Hundreds of thousands of activists took to the streets urging international leaders to take stronger measures to protect the environment. A wide representation of religious groups participated. Watch scenes from the march and interviews on why people of faith are concerned about climate change, including Rev. Melanie Harris, associate professor at Texas Christian University; Rabbi Lawrence Troster, rabbinic scholar at GreenFaith; Rajwant Singh, president of EcoSikh; Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith; and Du’aa Moharram with the Islamic Society of Central Jersey.
This year is the 30th anniversary of Joel and Ethan Coen’s first film, ‘Blood Simple.’ Here are seven of the greatest scenes from the Jewish directors’ impressive catalogue.Click here for the rest of the article...