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Texas hostages escaped synagogue as FBI SWAT team rushed in

COLLEYVILLE, Texas — In the final moments of a 10-hour standoff with a gunman at a Texas synagogue, the remaining hostages and officials trying to negotiate their release took “near simultaneous plans of action,” with the hostages escaping as an FBI tactical team moved in, an official said Friday.

Support flows to ‘changed’ Texas synagogue after standoff

The tight-knit congregation at a Texas synagogue where four people were held hostage by an armed captor during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend traces its roots back to a gathering organized over 20 years ago by a handful of families who were new to the area.

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for Supreme Court access

Faith groups with progressive views on abortion rights say access is at a precarious point as the conservative-majority Supreme Court considers challenges to two state laws, including a unique Texas measure that prohibits abortions before some even know they are pregnant. The Wednesday arguments in the Mississippi case will be closely watched as the state’s 15-week ban – and possibly abortion rights nationwide – hang in the balance.

People, homes vanish due to 2020 census’ new privacy method

The three-bedroom colonial-style house where Jessica Stephenson has lived in Milwaukee for the last six years bustles with activity on any given weekday, filled with the chattering of children in the day care center she runs out of her home.

Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel

JERUSALEM — The man known as the last Jew of Kabul could soon be heading to Israel, after agreeing to grant his estranged wife a religious divorce in a Zoom call — a precondition for smooth entry to the Holy Land.

Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order.

Everything is Copy: It truly is never too late to change

A year ago, cracked open by grief, I walked into Temple Beth Shalom to attend Rosh Hashanah services for the first time. I am Jewish only by lineage; sorrow had led me to seek solace anywhere I might find it.

Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the American people.”

Review: ‘Menashe’ looks, with tenderness and equanimity, at a Hasidic community in Brooklyn

In “Menashe,” filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein turns his camera on a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, using non-actors to create a tender portrait of family. In addition to the fascinating everyday details of these characters’ lives, at the film’s moving core is a loving father who is struggling to negotiate the gap between community expectations and self-determination.