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For the few Jews in West Virginia, one of America's most struggling states, the pandemic has offered silver linings

 

January 8, 2021

Larry Luxner

Robert Judd started in April as the rabbi of B'nai Sholom in Huntington, W.Va., but has yet to hold an in-person service because of the coronavirus pandemic.

WHEELING, W.Va. (JTA) - Surrounded by silver crucifixes and Christmas ornaments, Samuel Posin and Joan Berlow Smith sell vintage jewelry and myriad tchotchkes at their church-turned-boutique gift shop in this city.

This is not the kind of place you'll find many Jews. In this deeply rural state where just over half of all voters identify as Christian evangelicals, fewer than 1,200 Jews are thought to be scattered among West Virginia's 1.8 million residents.

Yet born and raised in Wheeling, Posin, 62, prays three times a day, eats only kosher food and keeps Shabbat – making him one of less...



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