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Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (D-5th District) hosted a meeting at the Museum of Tolerance with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who offered suggestions to Jewish leaders and community members regarding security prior to the High Holidays, Sept. 1, 2021. Credit: ©City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police offer security tips to Jewish leaders ahead of High Holidays

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz hosted a meeting on Sept. 1 at the Museum of Tolerance with presentations by members of the Los Angeles Police Department to Jewish leaders and community members regarding synagogue and...
Chabad of Poway, Calif. Credit: Chabad of Poway.

US not seeking death penalty for Chabad of Poway synagogue shooter

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Federal prosecutors announced on Monday they would not seek the death penalty for a former nursing student who plead guilty to murder and other charges after shooting a gun inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue in...
The broken door of the ark at the Chabad of the Beaches synagogue in Long Beach, N.Y., August 2021. Source: Rabbi Eli Goodman/Twitter.

Police arrest suspect for Chabad vandalism, stolen Torah scrolls remain missing

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Authorities arrested a man and charged him with burglary in connection to the vandalism of a Chabad synagogue in Long Beach, N.Y., according to LIHearld.com. On Saturday afternoon, Rabbi Eli Goodman of Chabad of the Beaches...
From left: Magen David Adom director-general Eli Bin; Cross River Bank president, CEO and founder Gilles Gade; Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion; president and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Yael Eckstein, August 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Project to place defibrillators in Jerusalem synagogues before Jewish New Year

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Magen David Adom has been prioritizing the task of placing defibrillators in public spaces throughout Israel this year. Already, thousands have been installed around the country, including hundreds to be added in Jerusalem synagogues...
A synagogue in Efrat, Gush Etzion, June 27, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Rabbis: Unvaccinated worshippers may not pray in synagogue

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Rabbis in Israel are launching a campaign against COVID-19 vaccine refusal, including a recent rabbinical ruling that unvaccinated individuals may not enter synagogues, participate in a minyan or be called to the Torah. Chief Rabbi of Ramat...
Poway synagogue shooter John Earnest. Source: Screenshot.

Chabad of Poway synagogue shooter pleads guilty, gets life without parole

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A nursing student pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murder and other charges after shooting a gun inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California in April 2019. By pleading guilty, John Earnest avoided the death penalty in...
Synagogue door. Credit: Pixabay.

OU awards $100,000 to 35 synagogues for initiatives to welcome back congregants

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The Orthodox Union has awarded $100,000 in grants to 35 synagogues in 15 U.S. states and one Canadian province in an effort to bring communities back to shul as more people are vaccinated against...
Political fundraiser Lisa Spies (right) posing for photos with her mother, Susan Wernick (left), at a private dedication event on Father's Day in front of the donations—an ark, bimah, amud—the cantor's lectern—and parochet, that she and her husband, attorney Charlie Spies made in honor of her late father, Dr. Shelley Wernick, to the Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington. Photo by Daniel Perez.

Prominent political fundraiser endows DC-area Chabad center in her father’s memory

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About 50 friends and family members of political fundraiser Lisa Spies joined on Sunday, Father’s Day, for a private brunch to dedicate donations that she and her husband, attorney Charlie Spies, made to the...
Rabbi Yossie Shemtov (left) and Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, both of Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson, in front of the anti-Semitic graffiti and a swastika painted on the door of Chabad on River in Tucson, Ariz., discovered on June 6, 2021. Source: Twitter.

Swastika, anti-Jewish graffiti defaces Chabad House in Tucson

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A Chabad House in Tucson, Ariz., was vandalized overnight on Sunday with a swastika and anti-Jewish writing. It is the second such incident against the Jewish community in recent weeks. “We are very disturbed about...
Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., had its sign supporting Israel vandalized over Memorial Day weekend. Source: Screenshot.

Sign supporting Israel outside Maryland synagogue gets cut down, then stolen

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A banner outside a synagogue in Potomac, Md., that expressed support for the State of Israel was torn down and taken over Memorial Day weekend. Montgomery County police are investigating the vandalism outside Congregation Har...