JBuzz Musings August 19, 2013: Mediation fails in conflict over Touro Synagogue, celebrates 250th anniversary

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Mediation fails in conflict over Touro Synagogue, celebrates 250th anniversary (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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Facade of Touro Synagogue (tourosynagogue.org)
The oldest synagogue in the United States, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island celebrated the building’s 250th anniversary on Aug, 18, 2013. Earlier in the week, after eight months of negotiations America’s two oldest Jewish congregations….READ MORE

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JBuzz Features July 12, 2013: Tisha B’Av: An unloved Jewish holiday gets a makeover

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Tisha BAv: An unloved Jewish holiday gets a makeover

Source: Religion News Service, 7-12-13

(RNS) Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement. But Tisha B’Av? Translated as the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, it counts as one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 2, 2013: Belarus to build Jewish museum inside old synagogue

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Belarus to build Jewish museum inside old synagogue

Source: JTA, 4-2-13

The government of Belarus said it will renovate one of the country’s oldest synagogues and turn it into a Jewish museum….READ MORE

JBuzz News March 31, 2013: Historic Jobar Synagogue in Damascus was looted and burned

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Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

Source: JTA, 3-31-13

The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground. ….READ MORE