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Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation

Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation Rabbis in the Diaspora are facing a new threat, as more and more countries ban traditional burial of Corona victims. The Rabbi of Venice clarifies that if cremation is decreed – it must be obeyed: “Communities have not had to cope with such sensitive …

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Can a person in home-quarantine read the megillah via Skype?

Can a person in home-quarantine read the megillah via Skype? As coronavirus places people in isolation, rabbis grapple with how to help their communities fulfil Torah commandments By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN  | MARCH 5, 2020 As the coronavirus spreads across the world, requiring people of all faiths and nationalities to enter quarantine, rabbis are starting to address the practical …

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Uniting and Exciting Jews Around the World

kids laughing

Uniting and Exciting Jews Around the World “A rabbi and a puppeteer walk into a bar…” While this may sound like the start of a bad joke, this scene actually took place in February, as members of an OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Cherry Hill, NJ met with the local Jewish Federation’s Young Adult division …

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Italy: Communal prayer becomes prohibited in some areas

Italy: Communal prayer becomes prohibited in some areas Italian Jewish life in danger as result of COVID-19 spread, following new government ban on gatherings in some areas, including religious. Mordechai Sones | Arutz 7 | 25/02/20 New regulations issued by the Italian Health Ministry following fear of COVID-19 spread are causing concern in Jewish communities …

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40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room

Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room: the challenges of bringing Judaism back to the Jews of Europe Oped by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein | Maariv| 3 February, 2020 Despite the worrying rise in anti-Semitism, non-Jews in Poland and Germany are gravitating to synagogues for lectures and even for prayer services …

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Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services

Warsaw conference

Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services This trend is particularly interesting considering “the long history of antisemitism in Germany and Poland” said Ohr Torah Stone President By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  | JANUARY 31, 2020 L-R: Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (Warsaw); Rabbi Oriel Zaretsky (Warsaw); Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, director of Training and Placement at the OTS Straus-Amiel …

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“It was inspiring to see a community with no water or electricity steadfastly seeking to keep Shabbat and Kashrut”

“It was inspiring to see a community with no water or electricity steadfastly seeking to keep Shabbat and Kashrut” Ohr Torah Stone emissaries who returned from around the world after several years of service discussed the challenges and adjustments at a recent reunion Srugim News | 27 November, 2019 Ohr Torah Stone held an evening …

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1 Month, 3 Continents, 13 delegations, 39 Communities

Amiel BaKehila group

1 Month, 3 Continents, 13 delegations, 39 Communities November was a very busy and rewarding month for OTS Amiel BaKehila as our delegations shared the depth of Judaism, the wonder of modern Israel, and the beauty of Jewish art with thousands of Diaspora Jews of all ages and backgrounds Over the course of November, OTS …

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‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’

Paula kissing a mezuza

‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’ Paula delved into Christianity and monasteries were her refuge during the Holocaust. But now, at 94, she’s decided that when she dies, she wants her death to be a Jewish one. by  Moshe Weisstuch | Israel HaYom | November 12, 2019 …

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“You walk around freely with your kippa on?”

Rabbi Uzi Levian of Gothenburg Sweden

“You walk around freely with your kippa on?” Oped by Rabbi Uzi Levian | October 31, 2019 On the night of Yom Kippur, following a moving prayer service and a reunion with Gothenburg’s Jewish members, some of whom I had last seen exactly a year before, we walked out of our community building and headed …

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Have a connection in Frankfurt?  Now you won’t go hungry!

Have a connection in Frankfurt?  Now you won’t go hungry!  Good news for travelers flying through the Frankfurt airport:  a new vending machine for kosher food, next to the El Al desk Kipa News | 29 October, 2019 Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest in the world with tens of thousands of flights per …

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