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Lower East Side Shul Holds Third Annual Cholent Cook-Off Competition

27 Shevat 5777 – February 23, 2017
Who will be crowned the new Stanton cholent champion?

Conservative Shul Calls for Fasting on Inauguration Day

21 Tevet 5777 – January 19, 2017
'If Netivot Shalom is empty this Shabbat morning because members of Netivot Shalom are marching as part of the nationwide response to the Presidential Inauguration.'

Ivanka Trump Speaks at The Shul

3 Heshvan 5777 – November 3, 2016
Ivanka's friendly warmth charmed the crowd of nearly 1,000.

Fake Bomb Next to Har Nof Shul

17 Elul 5776 – September 20, 2016
Police are looking for the perpetrator of this vile prank.

Planting Next To A Shul

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
When I first encountered this explanation, I took issue with it. For even if a shul’s courtyard does not possess kedushah, planting in it could still be prohibited.

The Ancient Susiya Synagogue

18 Av 5776 – August 21, 2016
The excavated synagogue in Susiya dates from the 4th to the 7th century CE and was in continuous use until the 9th century CE.

To Prey or To Pray: Child Molesters in Shul

4 Av 5776 – August 7, 2016
I urge you to take action at your shul to pass a motion to add rules that will protect your children–our children from predators. And never say “it won’t happen here.”

Preparing for Shavuot

4 Sivan 5776 – June 10, 2016

Orthodox Shul Will Keep LGBT Shabbaton Despite Neighborhood Rabbis’ Objection

26 Iyyar 5776 – June 3, 2016
"We encourage you to show your support by coming to shul this Shabbat for services and for the Shabbaton programming, and we welcome your feedback, questions, and notes of support."

Lower East Side Rabbis Hint at Excommunicating Orthodox Shul for LGBT Shabbaton

25 Iyyar 5776 – June 2, 2016
The signatories at the bottom of a letter titled "An important Message to the Community" include Rabbis David and Reuven Feinstein, the sons and spiritual heirs of the late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.

Torah Ohr – A Thriving Shul In Boca Raton

18 Nisan 5776 – April 25, 2016
Guest speakers visit frequently to share their knowledge and experiences while social activities fill the calendar.

Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

28 Shevat 5776 – February 7, 2016
Authorities believe the structure was ignited in recent days.

Arsonists Burn Down 2 Shuls Over Shabbat

3 Sivan 5774 – May 31, 2014
One shul was destroyed, and the fire department managed to save the Torahs in the second.

Syria’s Eliyahu HaNavi Synagogue Destroyed (Video)

28 Iyyar 5774 – May 28, 2014
Syria oldest synagogue was flattened and destroyed over the weekend.

Italian Police Find Pig Culprit

3 Adar I 5774 – February 2, 2014
Italian police have identified the man who sent the pig heads to Rome's main shul.

At First There Was Chaos

23 Kislev 5773 – December 6, 2012
Chaos - that is how the world is described at its inception in the book of Beraishis (Genesis). Confusion. A lack of clarity and boundaries. Or, as I teach my kindergartners, "a mishmash".

Vending Change

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
Yosef, Gad and Benjy headed down to the dining hall in their high school. As they walked along the corridor they noticed a new vending machine had been installed. The three admired the machine, and eyed its beckoning display of treats.

Help Save the Stanton St. Shul!

I just received their SOS email: the roof is leaking and time is running out, is, basically, what they wrote.

Thoughts On Hurricane Sandy

9 Kislev 5773 – November 23, 2012
Usually, when I begin a speech, I start with something interesting, lighthearted or funny - to get your attention and lead into the speech itself. Permit me to deviate from that this week, because there is nothing funny, lighthearted or interesting about what so many of us are experiencing, and if not us, than our friends, loved ones and neighbors, and if not them, than people a few miles away from us in Long Beach or Far Rockaway who have lost everything to 14 foot waves, or a little farther away where helpless Senior Citizens are living without water or power in high rises on the Lower East Side.

Tefillah L’Shlom Medinat Yisrael: A Plea For Prayer

8 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
Minutes after candle-lighting, sirens rang out in Jerusalem, disturbing the peace and tranquility ushered in by Shabbat. Earlier that day, my wife and I assured our parents that we are far from the rockets in our home in Har Nof, a quiet suburb nestled in the Jerusalem Forest.

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