Tag: synagogue

They Tried to Take Judaism Out of Synagogue Spaces. Now They’re Coming Back to Them.

Rabbi Dan Ain is taking a synagogue pulpit in San Francisco after a decade of creating Jewish programming outside of a synagogue space in New York City. (Courtesy of Ain)

NEW YORK (JTA) — For 10 years, Rabbi Dan Ain has tried to take Judaism out of the synagogue.

He’s convened Friday night prayers in auditoriums with musicians like Matisyahu and Lisa Loeb. He’s held Rosh Hashanah services in a bowling alley/concert venue.…

NFL star Antonio Brown’s mansion has a synagogue in it

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown owns an enormous mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, along with the dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, sits an in-home synagogue.

Brown isn’t Jewish, but he showed off the house (more accurately, one of his multiple houses) and impressive sneaker collection in an interview with Complex magazine on Monday.

“I got a lot of Jewish friends, and a synagogue is where you bless up,” he said when asked about it.

He may have Jewish friends who frequent the synagogue, but the house was originally built by Yizhak and Liat Toledano. Brown bought…

A Montreal pilgrimage in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen

By Ben Harris

Just inside the gate of the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue off Boulevard du Mont Royal, a gravestone bears an unusual Star of David, the sharp angles of its two opposing triangles — one reaching heavenward, the other aimed at the earth — softened into the shape of hearts. A dozen red roses scattered on the ground are signs of recent visitors, and an overflowing mound of stones on top, in keeping with the Jewish custom, is evidence of many more.

The footstone is engraved in Hebrew with the…

Teens Apologize for Threatening to Bomb Swedish Jews at Malmo Synagogue

A rabbi living in the southern Swedish city of Malmo said that two teenagers who last year came to the local synagogue to threaten Jews apologized for their actions.

Moshe David HaCohen revealed the incident to the media for the first time in an interview by Sveriges Radio.

The high school students, whose identity was not disclosed in the report, waited outside the synagogue in December to confront Jews, HaCohen said. They threatened to “throw bombs” on them, then fled.

The Jewish community contacted nearby high schools, leading to the identification of the teens. The principal suggested that the teens apologize,…

Student at British private school tried to force-feed ham pizza to Jewish student

(JTA) — A teenage student at a prestigious British private school was suspended for trying to force-feed a slice of ham pizza to a Jewish student while others watched.

The incident at Clifton College in Bristol, in southwest England, occurred in December but was first reported by the local media on Wednesday.

The Jewish student, 15, “suffered psychologically” from the incident, according to the Bristol Post. He continues to attend the school, as do the teens who attempted to force him to eat the ham-topped slice. The newspaper reported it was a short suspension but did not say how long.