Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in a Tashlich ceremony at the Mediterranean sea, in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Tashlich, which means 'to cast away' in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically 'throw away' their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Friday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel ushers in solemn Jewish holiday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis ushered in the holiest day of the Jewish calendar at sundown Friday as the entire country ground almost to a halt for Yom Kippur, Judaism’s day of atonement, observed with a […]


Rabbi Joshua Hearshen blesses children while they reach to dip apples into honey during the Erev Rosh Hashana, the eve of the Jewish New Year, family service held at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The dipping of apples into honey is a traditional blessing to bring a sweet new year. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Will Vragovic)

You’re welcome! Once-a-year Jews find wide embrace

NEW YORK (AP) — You can search an interactive map to find synagogues that have last-minute seats at services. When you arrive, the temple’s board members will greet you at the door. You can confess […]


Rosh Hashana

Jewish New Year starts at sundown

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – At sundown today, Jews will begin the observance of Rosh Hashana, the two-day holiday marking the Jewish New Year. Services ushering in the year 5774 on the Hebrew calendar will feature […]


The Western Wall in Jerusalem (AP Photo)

Liberal Jews see a victory in proposed prayer area

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have proposed establishing a new section at the Western Wall where men and women can pray together, a groundbreaking initiative that would mark a significant victory by liberal streams of Judaism.



Race, ethnic lines less visible as LA picks mayor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles voters are picking a new mayor, but the race is far different from the landmark election of Antonio Villaraigosa eight years ago.


France boosts security at religious sites

PARIS (AP) – France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue and police accused a suspected cell of radical Islamists of ties to a grenade attack […]


Israel grinds to a halt for Jewish holy day

  JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel has ground almost to a halt for Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day of the year. Yom Kippur is Judaism’s day of atonement, when devout Jews ask God to forgive them […]


Southland Jews usher in 5773

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Jews in the Southland and around the world today celebrated the first day of Rosh Hashana, the two-day holiday marking the Jewish New Year. Services ushering in the year 5773 on […]


Olympic 'games pastors' minister to games-goers

(AP) – Religions of all stripes have a strong presence at the Olympics, where Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish clerics are on hand around the clock to minister to athletes’ spiritual needs. Around the […]



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