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January 19, 2018

NEW YORK — Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.

The three-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum, located far from the tourist crowds at near the very edge of the borough, focuses on the experiences of Orthodox Jews…


Synagogue holds last service, but legacy endures

January 12, 2018

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — They gathered for one last Shabbat service, one last reading from the Torah, one last sermon and one last luncheon preceded by a kiddush or prayer over bread and wine.

With that, Temple Hadar Israel in this Lawrence County city held its last weekly service, bringing an end…


Abbey library a treasure trove of Medieval manuscripts

January 05, 2018

BERLIN — Take 20 liters of honey and boil it together with 2 liters of water. Add in cinnamon and nutmeg, a healthy amount of ginger and pepper, plus some aniseed and coriander. Mix it all together with rye flour and water.

The result? A perfect batch of 17th-century Lebkuchen —…


Church pledges $100K for suicide prevention funding

December 29, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. — On a Sunday in September, morning light drifted through stained glass as churchgoers in Rock Springs raised their eyes to God.

In Basin, a congregation joined voices to sing an opening hymn. In Thermopolis, they bowed their heads, opened their hearts and asked for mercy.

Then…