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Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.

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Bishop Eddie Long's Torah controversyupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 19:42:00

CNN's Susan Hendricks interviews Brent Strawn, who teaches about the Old Testament at Candler School of Theology.

Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group after Torah ceremonyupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 19:42:00

Bishop Eddie Long has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League over an incident in which he was wrapped in a Torah scroll and crowned "king."

The forgotten story of Zambia's Jewish settlersupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

The city of Livingstone, in Zambia, is located just 10 kilometers from the spectacular Victoria Falls. Its proximity to the falls makes it a tourist destination, but it also boasts an almost-forgotten past as the home of one of the oldest Jewish settlements in Africa.

Zambia's investment in infrastructureupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 05:58:00

CNN's Errol Barnett travels to visits Livingstone, Zambia where investment in infrastructure is aiming to boost tourism.

Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worriesupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 19:33:00

Synagogues firebombed and defaced by graffiti. Windows smashed at shops owned by Jewish merchants. Is anti-Semitism on the rise?

Western Wall likely completed later than previously believedupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 20:33:00

Newly discovered artifacts beneath the huge stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, indicate it took longer to build than previously believed.

'Super Vigil' rallies to support the poor as federal budget cuts loomupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 23:06:00

Just hours after Republican and Democratic aides confirmed to CNN that the so-called super committee will likely fail to reach a bipartisan deficit reduction deal, a national prayer vigil was held in Lafayette Park near the White House.

Kagan talks about her faith, the court, and her hunting tripsupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 18:17:00

Shortly after becoming the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan by tradition was presented with a silver cup, engraved with the names of those who preceded her in that particular seat. Speaking Tuesday evening before an audience at a synagogue here, Kagan recalled one name standing out in her mind: Louis Brandeis, the nation's first Jewish justice.

Shalit swap based on 'ultimate value of human life,' rabbis sayupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:20:00

Israel's government approved an extraordinary deal Tuesday night -- agreeing to release more than 1,000 Palestinians from prison, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for a single slender young Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Ambassador: Hamas feels pressure in Gazaupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:20:00

Israel's ambassador to the UK says Hamas was pressured into the prisoner swap by the Arab Spring.

Can GOP push for Jewish votes pay off?updated: Wed Sep 21 2011 09:00:00

These days, Republicans are hardly shy about coveting Jewish votes.

Israel says Egypt bans export of ceremonial item for Sukkotupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 13:21:00

Egypt has forbidden the picking and exporting of palm fronds used in the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot, leaving Israel scrambling to make up for the shortage.

Palestinian, Jew give both sides on joint Jerusalem toursupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 06:49:00

As a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, Kobi Skolnick once fired shots at Aziz Abu Sarah's aunt's house in the West Bank town of Hebron.

Thousands protest in Jerusalem over rabbis' detentionsupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 06:07:00

Thousands of ultra-orthodox and nationalist right-wing Israelis rallied peacefully outside Jerusalem's Supreme Court Monday night in a public display aimed at expressing solidarity with two rabbis recently detained in a police probe into incitement surrounding a controversial religious text published two years ago.

Terror plot against New York synagogue bustedupdated: Thu May 12 2011 18:49:00

Two men suspected of planning an attack on a Manhattan synagogue with guns and a grenade were arrested Wednesday, marking the end of a seven-month undercover operation by New York police officers.

Police ID synagogue bombing suspectupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 18:22:00

Police are searching for a 61-year-old homeless man in connection with a bombing at a California synagogue.

Police identify suspect in California synagogue bombingupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 18:22:00

Police in Santa Monica, California, were searching Saturday for an "extremely dangerous" 61-year-old man in connection with a bombing at a synagogue.

Letter urges Israeli girls to avoid dating Arabsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 14:53:00

A letter from about 30 prominent rabbis' wives was causing a stir in Israel Wednesday because it urges Israeli girls not to date Arabs.

Letter urges girls not to date Arabsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 14:53:00

A letter from the wives of several rabbis urges Israeli girls not to date Arabs. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Rabbis in Israel warn Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jewsupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 13:49:00

A letter signed by 50 state-appointed rabbis telling Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews prompted widespread condemnation Tuesday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and human rights groups.

Rap bad boy goes kosherupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 11:59:00

It's late afternoon in Jerusalem and Moses Levi is making one of his frequent visits to the Western Wall.

Chicago synagogues warned to watch for suspicious packagesupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:16:00

Synagogues across metropolitan Chicago, Illinois, began taking "appropriate precautions" Friday after a warning by security officials to watch out for suspicious packages from abroad, according to a Jewish Federation spokeswoman.

Explosives to be detonated by cell phoneupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:16:00

CNN's Nic Robertson says the explosives are many times more powerful then what the alleged 'underwear bomber' used.

Secret Jewish heritage converts neo-Naziupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 19:08:00

Pawel sits in the synagogue learning the Torah, praying and getting advice from his rabbi.

Wife of Neo-Nazi finds out she's Jewishupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 19:08:00

Neo-Nazi husband and wife discover their Jewish roots and make a full life transformation.

Israeli delegation a no-show at U.N. due to religious holidayupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 13:53:00

Israel says its U.N. delegation was not able to attend the U.N. General Assembly session on Thursday because of the observance of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday.

Obama: 'The path of peace'updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 13:53:00

President Barack Obama calls for all nations to bring Iran to the table and achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East.

A week when faith can unite usupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 08:58:00

This is no ordinary week. Take a look at the calendar.

Poland's Jewish revivalupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 12:33:00

Poland has a history of anti-Semitism, but that's changing as it deals with its past. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest court rulingupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 08:28:00

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel protest a court ruling forcing the integration of a religious girls' school.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel take to streets over court rulingupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 08:28:00

Some 100,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews protested Thursday an Israeli Supreme Court decision banning segregation based on ethnic background in a girls' religious elementary school.

White House steps up Jewish outreach amid criticism of Mideast policyupdated: Thu May 27 2010 14:23:00

When Rabbi Jack Moline recently confronted his friend Rahm Emanuel about mounting Jewish anxiety over the Obama administration's Mideast policy, he was surprised at the White House Chief of Staff's response: to invite Moline and more than a dozen other rabbis to the White House for a nearly two-hour conversation.

Jewish center bears scarsupdated: Mon Mar 29 2010 14:47:00

Jewish leaders are deciding what to do with the Mumbai center attacked by terrorists.

Group urges unplugging to take back Sabbathupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 10:02:00

As the story goes, God spent six days creating the world and then rested on the seventh day. He told the Jewish people to always rest on the seventh day of each week, which was to become known as the Sabbath for them for eternity.

Palestinians riot to protest synagogue reopeningupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 20:48:00

Palestinians hurled rocks and burned tires in several neighborhoods in East Jerusalem Tuesday to protest the reopening of a landmark synagogue after more than 60 years.

Palestinians protest synagogueupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 20:48:00

In an Arabic neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinians protest the reopening of a landmark synagogue.

Egypt cancels ceremony for restored synagogueupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 03:16:00

Egypt has canceled the opening ceremony for a restored historic synagogue in Cairo in retaliation for restrictions that Israel has placed on a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, an Egyptian official said Sunday.

Egyptian government restores historic synagogueupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 02:37:00

With just a few dozen Jews left in Egypt and a public that's deeply critical of Israel, Cairo is not the most obvious staging ground for a government-funded restoration of an historic synagogue.

More than 1,000 get mumps in New York, New Jersey since Augustupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 12:17:00

More than 1,000 people in New Jersey and New York, many of them adolescent Orthodox Jews, have been sickened with mumps since August, health authorities said Monday.

Pope visits synagogue, calls for dialogueupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 19:43:00

Pope Benedict XVI visited the main Jewish synagogue in Rome on Sunday, a trip that unfolded amid heightened tension between Catholics and Jews.

Pope stuck in 'Groundhog Day' scenario with Jews, expert saysupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 08:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI is set to take one step forward in Catholic-Jewish relations Sunday when he becomes the first pope since 1986 to visit the main Jewish synagogue in Rome, Italy.

Jewish community mourns victims one year after attacksupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 02:05:00

Countless bullet marks, a hole punched in a wall by a grenade and windows covered with plastic bear testimony to a carnage that left six people dead in Mumbai's Chabad House last year when terrorists besieged several sites around the financial hub of India.

'New Jews' stake claim to faith, cultureupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 17:20:00

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai about 3,300 years ago, he couldn't have seen these Jews coming.

Two shot at synagogueupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 20:02:00

Police say two people have been shot at a California synagogue.

Two men shot at California synagogueupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 20:02:00

A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt shot two men at a North Hollywood synagogue on Thursday morning, wounding them in their legs, police said.

Police out in force day after riots at Jerusalem holy siteupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:22:00

Police were out in force at one of Jerusalem's holiest sites Monday, one day after 150 Palestinians rioted there.

Latino and Jewish in Americaupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 14:34:00

Brooklyn resident Moshe Nunez shares his unique cultural identity as both a Latino and Jewish American.

Brooklyn family keeps Latino-Jewish traditions aliveupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 14:34:00

Every Friday evening, the Nunez family sits down to a traditional religious dinner.

Ancient synagogue found in Israelupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 13:39:00

In what was slated to be the site of a new 122-room hotel, archaeologists say they have discovered one of the world's oldest synagogues in Northern Israel.

Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probeupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 16:37:00

The New Jersey officials and their associates charged in a federal probe of public corruption exchanged hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in parking lots, restaurants, boiler rooms and bathrooms, an acting U.S. attorney said Thursday.

'Corruption was a way of life'updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 16:37:00

The acting U.S. attorney says "corruption was a way of life" for a group of New Jersey mayors, assembly members and rabbis.

Authorities hope court deal will end ultra-Orthodox protestsupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 12:09:00

Jerusalem authorities said Friday they hoped a court ruling would end three nights of protests by Israel's ultra-Orthodox community.

A black woman's journey to the rabbinate in North Carolinaupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 17:34:00

When Alysa Stanton officially becomes a rabbi in June, she'll be walking into history.

Analysis: Pope's visit to Israel puts focus on Catholic-Jewish tiesupdated: Mon May 11 2009 12:09:00

As he arrives in Israel, the focus for Pope Benedict XVI shifts from Catholic/Muslim ties, which were at the heart of his three-day visit to Jordan, to relations with Judaism.

Jews celebrate Blessing of the Sunupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 18:54:00

At dawn Wednesday, Jews around the world celebrated the Blessing of the Sun, an event that happens once every 28 years.

Pope to skip Holocaust museum on trip to Israel, envoy saysupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 16:51:00

Pope Benedict XVI will not visit Israel's Holocaust museum when he makes his first trip to the region as pope in May, though he will visit a memorial that is part of the site, his ambassador to Israel said Tuesday.

Pope insists Church rejects anti-Semitismupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 12:29:00

Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Catholic Church is "profoundly and irrevocably committed to reject all anti-Semitism."

Venezuela synagogue vandalizedupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 10:52:00

Armed men forced their way into a Caracas synagogue, defacing its administrative offices with anti-Semitic graffiti and vandalizing an interior room where the Torah is kept, officials said.

Synagogue defacedupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 10:52:00

A Caracas synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.

In Mumbai, a festival of light rekindles Jewish hopeupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 15:56:00

Hundreds gathered in the Indian city of Mumbai on Thursday to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and honor the memories of the rabbi, his wife and others who were killed in terror attacks last month on a Jewish center and other locations.

Ceremony for slain rabbiupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 15:56:00

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the ceremony for a rabbi and his wife killed in the Mumbai attacks.

Israel buries victims of Mumbai terror attacksupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 13:54:00

Thousands of mourners and emissaries from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement poured into an Israeli village Tuesday for the funerals of two people killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Rabbi, wife 'spread Jewish pride' in Mumbaiupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 17:52:00

Chabad House served as both a Jewish center and a rabbi's home, in Mumbai, India, but the building turned into a scene of carnage this week after five hostages held by gunmen inside were found dead.

Rabbi killed in Mumbaiupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 17:52:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports on a Rabbi who made Mumbai his home before being killed in this week's attacks.

Kristallnacht anniversaryupdated: Sun Nov 09 2008 12:06:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports on how Germany is marking the 70th anniversary of Reichskristallnacht, the night of broken glass. The Financial Crisis: What Would the Talmud Do?updated: Fri Oct 10 2008 15:00:00

Would Talmudic and Biblical prescriptions have prevented the current debacle? And can they show us a way out? Two rabbi-economists think so Should Pope Pius XII Become a Saint?updated: Thu Oct 09 2008 14:00:00

The road to sainthood for the Nazi-era Pontiff had been put on hold, but on the holiest of Jewish holy days, the current Pope appears to renew the process

Poland's Jews alive and kickingupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 02:56:00

Before its occupation by Nazi Germany in 1939, Poland was home to Europe's largest Jewish community, and its capital Warsaw was the continent's largest Jewish city. Obama's Private Prayer 'Leaked' updated: Fri Jul 25 2008 16:00:00

A prayer note placed by the presidential hopeful in Jerusalem's Western Wall is removed and published in Israel Online Dating's Real-Life Matchmakersupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 15:00:00

An Orthodox-Jewish singles site has humans, not algorithms, work the Web to find the perfect partner The Man Who Bought a Resurrectionupdated: Tue Jul 08 2008 17:00:00

Ten years ago, David Jeselsohn bought a curious artifact. Now it's the talk of both theology and biblical scholars

Pope visits synagogueupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 22:54:00

Pope Benedict expresses his 'respect for the Jewish community' during a speech at a New York synagogue.

At synagogue, pope seeks 'bridges of friendship'updated: Fri Apr 18 2008 22:54:00

The sight was jarring Friday: Pope Benedict XVI at the Park East Synagogue just before the start of the Jewish Sabbath.

Iranian Jews slam 'emigrant stunt'updated: Wed Dec 26 2007 17:44:00

The well-publicized landing of 40 Iranian Jews in Israel on Tuesday spurred glee among some Israelis and the immigrants themselves and drew public scorn from a surprising quarter in Iran -- two officials from its centuries-old Jewish community. New Ideas from a Jewish Dreamerupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 12:00:00

First, Rodger Kamenetz took his fans on journeys into eastern mysticism, now he's urging them to travel their own dreamscapes The Last Jews of Baghdadupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 15:35:00

Only eight remain, according to an Anglican cleric, and they are frozen with indecision about what to do amid the desperation of Iraq

2 men convicted in Tunisia bombingupdated: Wed May 10 2006 09:48:00

A Spanish court has convicted two men, a Pakistani and Spaniard, of collaborating with a terrorist group and contributing to a Tunisian synagogue bombing in 2002.

Benedict warns of anti-Semitismupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 07:37:00

Pope Benedict XVI, visiting a synagogue in Germany, has warned of a rising wave of anti-Semitism.

Largest Gaza settlement evacuated, Israel saysupdated: Thu Aug 18 2005 00:56:00

Israeli troops and police have completed the evacuation of the largest Jewish settlement in Gaza, the scene of emotional protests earlier in the day, the Israeli military announced late Thursday.

Security alert for Gaza withdrawal updated: Sat Aug 13 2005 15:25:00

Palestinian Authority security forces were on high alert, stationed outside settlements across Gaza to prevent violence as the withdrawal of Israeli troops and thousands of Jewish settlers begins Sunday at midnight.

Protesters surround Laura Bush updated: Mon May 23 2005 04:47:00

First lady Laura Bush, on a political fence-mending tour of the Middle East, found herself the target of a tense protest in Jerusalem at one of Islam's holiest sites.

Protesters surround Laura Bush at Jerusalem mosqueupdated: Sun May 22 2005 09:56:00

First lady Laura Bush, on a political fence-mending tour of the Middle East, found herself the target of a tense protest in Jerusalem at one of Islam's holiest sites.

Caught on tapeupdated: Tue May 03 2005 16:26:00

The hooded man rushed up to the doorway of Temple Bnai Israel, a Molotov cocktail in his hand. Seconds later, he threw the firebomb and ran off.

Flavors for the holidaysupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 16:16:00

As the holiday season approaches and party planning begins, the season's new cookbooks provide a variety of delectable bites that will make your family gatherings unforgettable.

About 40 killed as bombs rock Israeli vacation spotsupdated: Thu Oct 07 2004 17:18:00

Three bomb blasts late Thursday rocked Egyptian resorts where Israelis were vacationing during Jewish holidays, killing about 40 people and wounding more than 100.

Chirac: Israeli prime minister not welcome in Parisupdated: Mon Jul 19 2004 18:29:00

French President Jacques Chirac says Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not welcome in Paris until he explains his appeal to French Jews to leave the country, a presidential spokeswoman said.

Israeli army kills Palestinian suspected in settler's deathupdated: Sat Apr 03 2004 10:29:00

Israeli troops Saturday shot and killed an armed Palestinian suspected of entering a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, killing an Israeli man, and wounding his daughter.

Protest at Jerusalem holy site endsupdated: Fri Apr 02 2004 06:17:00

Israeli police entered a Jerusalem holy site and used stun grenades and rubber pellets to quell Palestinians throwing rocks at police and Jewish worshippers at the end of Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, according to a police spokesman.

Controversial 'Passion' debuts nationwideupdated: Wed Feb 25 2004 07:50:00

The opening of Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the Christ" brought movie fans and religious leaders to more than 2,500 theaters across the nation on Ash Wednesday.

Fortune: Swats unlimited, a personnel department veteran speaks out, Carnegieism, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN RELIGIONupdated: Mon May 16 1994 00:01:00

CHICAGO -- Theology professor Graydon Snyder told the same ((story)) to students for 14 years, to illustrate a difference between Judaism and Christianity: A roofer falls on a woman and they accide...

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