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Going to synagogue can make you healthier, new study suggests
Regular synagogue attendance may make you healthier, a new study indicates.
A study of four large American Jewish urban communities by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion found that “adults who affiliate with a Jewish religious denomination and attend synagogue report significantly better health than secular or non-practicing Jews,” Jeff Levin, director of the institute’s Program on Religion and Population Health, said in a statement issued Tuesday by the Texas university.
The study, based on data collected throughout the 2000s as part of Jewish community surveys from Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New York, was published in January’s Journal of Religion and Health.
“While there have been hundreds of studies of physical and mental health among Christians and members of other faiths, Jewish studies have been limited mostly to Israelis and to smaller clinical samples in the US or the United Kingdom,” Levin said.
Mazel Tov to Rivka and Rabbi Galperin
On Thursday, the Jewish community celebrated the bris of Rivka and the Rabbi's son. During the ceremony, the name of the baby, Menachem Mendel was announced. Mazel Tov to the Galperin family.
The Galperin Baby Bris
Rabbi Galperin and wife Rivka would like to inform the community that the bris for their new son will be held on Thursday, January 8th at 4:30pm. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, located at 115 Giles Blvd. East. A community dinner will follow.