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Orthodox Union to launch grant program to return to synagogue life

The grants will be awarded to congregations who create innovative programs or services to encourage a return to congregants.

The poor man’s Passover prayer

Supreme Court lifts California restrictions on at-home religious gatherings

A Christian pastor and a group of others had asked the court to lift California’s restriction on at-home gatherings so they could host Bible study classes and prayer groups.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/04/2021
The poor man’s Passover prayer

Conservative Jews consider whether to make Zoom prayer permanent

Initially doing so at the start of the pandemic technically violated a 2001 decision by the Conservative movement’s Jewish law authority.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
09/04/2021

Understanding religion's evolution to help Israel's crisis - opinion

Looking honestly at the origins of religion could allow us to chill out on some of the thorniest issues regarding synagogue and the state.

25/03/2021

Seeking: Nice Jewish shul (online services only need apply)

Married, midlife, Ashkenazi soulful Jewish female seeking spiritual community to join for online interaction. No in-person meetings. Serious virtual connections only, please.

By LISA J. WISE
18/03/2021

Arab nurse recites Shema Yisrael prayer for dying Hasidic patient

The Shema Yisrael prayer is considered by many the most essential prayer in Judaism.

Are there blessings for receiving the coronavirus vaccine?

These blessings are meant to inculcate a sense of wonder as well as gratitude to God.

By SHLOMO BRODY
21/01/2021

Biden's inauguration: A prayer for a new administration - opinion

Biden must do what he promised to do – lead from the Center, restore consensus, nurture America’s soul.

19/01/2021

Happy 2021: Prayers, poems for a coronavirus-free year

Words of gratitude and lifting one's spirits with the end of the pandemic in sight.

12/01/2021
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. April 1

Ahead of COVID-19 lockdown, Health Ministry urges haredim to pray outside

The new lockdown prohibits indoor gatherings of more than five people, meaning that communal Jewish prayer services, which require a quorum of 10 men, are forbidden from taking place in synagogues.

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