Washington Post: This pastor will sign a religious exemption for vaccines if you donate to his church

Washington Post: This pastor will sign a religious exemption for vaccines if you donate to his church. “A pastor is encouraging people to donate to his Tulsa church so they can become an online member and get his signature on a religious exemption from coronavirus vaccine mandates. The pastor, Jackson Lahmeyer, is a 29-year-old small-business owner running in the Republican primary challenge to Sen. James Lankford in 2022.”

CBC: 107-year-old social media sensation remembered for attending virtual mass in every Irish county

CBC: 107-year-old social media sensation remembered for attending virtual mass in every Irish county. “Nancy Stewart was disappointed when COVID-19 restrictions kept her from attending mass, so she started attending online services. But she didn’t limit her attendance to her local church. Instead, she went to mass in all of Ireland’s 32 counties, as well as in places including Rome, New York and London — and her online fans followed her on her journey. Stewart, who was referred to by many as Granny Nancy, died in her home Friday. She was 107 and was among the oldest people in Ireland.”

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past

The Irish Times: Accessible Stasi archive offers a model for Catholic Ireland’s troubled past. “Religious orders retain their archives. There is no palpable pressure on them to hand them over, nor is there a dedicated public institution to manage the files if they did. Official Ireland still adopts an ad hoc approach to its past, limiting any chance of coherent research or public education on our vanished Catholic past…. It would be wrong to compare Catholic Ireland and communist East Germany, but Ireland’s approach to its collective past today jars with how East Germans sometimes at real risk to themselves and their families took ownership of the Stasi files and their past. Twice.”

PR Newswire: National Museum Of American Jewish History Emerges From Chapter 11 Reorganization (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: National Museum Of American Jewish History Emerges From Chapter 11 Reorganization (PRESS RELEASE). “Since its galleries closed to the public, the Museum has been steadfastly focused on a strategic planning process to ensure a stable, visionary future. Among these initiatives, the Museum is being promoted for inclusion into the Smithsonian Institution, a proposal that is earning bipartisan support in Congress. Thirty-seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives and twenty-three U.S. senators have championed legislation encouraging the Smithsonian to explore a plan for acquiring the Museum. The Museum will continue operating virtually with a robust online programming schedule while strategizing for reopening.”

Arizona Jewish Post: Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum

Arizona Jewish Post: Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum. “On Aug. 19, Gov. Doug Ducey formally signed Arizona House Bill 2241, making it mandatory for Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth grades. For the past year, in anticipation of this legislation, the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center has been working with four Museum Teaching Fellows (MTF) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on middle and high school lesson plans using survivor testimony in the JHM’s collection.”

The Greeneville Sun: Common Threads: New Appalachian Cultural Exhibit Opens

The Greeneville Sun: Common Threads: New Appalachian Cultural Exhibit Opens. “According to [archivist Sandi] Laws, nuns of the Glenmary Order left Chicago to bring Catholic teachings to the region through community service in the 1940s. The sisters’ arrival, wearing their distinctive nuns’ habits and following unfamiliar practices, sparked wonder and suspicion. In 1967, 44 sisters broke away from the order and founded the Federation of Communities in Service, to serve the region in more practical ways without the restrictions and distinctive dress requirements placed on them by their mother church…. Common Threads, a new digital exhibit curated by Laws, tells the story in photographs, documents and film.” I can’t excerpt enough to do the article justice.“

Times of Israel: Are online sales of pre-Holocaust communal records their doom or salvation?

Times of Israel: Are online sales of pre-Holocaust communal records their doom or salvation?. “During and after the Holocaust, thousands of pinkasim collections were stolen, lost, or abandoned. Unlike real estate and artwork stolen by Nazi Germany, however, pilfered pinkasim never got much legal or media attention. But the lost communal books are ‘an untold chapter of the restitution story,’ said Gideon Taylor, who is chair of operations for the Claims Conference and WJRO. ‘They are the real treasures of Jewish memory because they capture everyday life and what these communities were really like,’ he told The Times of Israel.” I did not know what pinkasim were, but I was able to get an overview from the National Library of Israel.

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections

Library of Congress: Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections. “The Library of Congress and Harvard Law School have initiated an unprecedented, multifaceted joint collaboration to identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes. The effort, initially set for three years, will coordinate access to, knowledge-sharing, and legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law, including national legal gazettes, manuscripts and other materials.”

Washington Post: Even LDS leaders are struggling to get Mormons vaccinated against the coronavirus

Washington Post: Even LDS leaders are struggling to get Mormons vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Less than half of eligible residents of Utah, where members constitute a majority of the population, are fully vaccinated, placing the state in the lower half of the nation. One study revealed that 33 percent of Mormons were vaccine hesitant, with another 17 percent refusing the vaccine altogether. This skepticism, despite encouragement from LDS leaders in the typically hierarchical religion, stems from Latter-day Saints’ embrace of political and religious conservatism in the wake of World War II.”

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates

Washington Post: Philadelphia becomes latest archdiocese to reject religious exemptions for vaccine mandates. “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the latest district of the Catholic Church to reject religious exemptions to coronavirus vaccination mandates, reflecting a stark divide among the church’s hierarchy over immunization requirements. Church leaders in the nation’s sixth-largest city urged priests Wednesday not to help parishioners evade the shots, which the Vatican has deemed ‘morally acceptable.’”

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map. “Writer Luc Sante calls them the ‘ghosts of Manhattan.’ Those are the souls of the poor and marginal people, now dead, whose presence can be felt like a shade in the history of now affluent US neighborhoods, ‘where they push invisibly behind it to erect their memorials in the collective unconscious.’ Sante’s poltergeists came to mind after I stumbled on a strange little Twitter account called ‘This Used to Be a Synagogue.’