RNS Opening Budget — Thursday, November 7, 2019

NEWS STORY RNS-Yiscah-Smith: Rejected as an Orthodox man, Yiscah Smith reclaims Judaism as a woman DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Yiscah Smith, a trailblazing Jewish teacher of mostly Hasidic mystical teachings is having a moment. A documentary about her transition, “I Was Not Born a Mistake,” premiered at the Haifa Film Festival last month. She recently started a podcast, “Authentic Jewish Living,” and she has a growing cadre of young students learning from her how to find the God dwelling within. By Yonat Shimron. 1100 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY RNS-Latino-Catholics: Study finds US Latinos are no longer majority-Catholic, here are some reasons why LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Latinos in the United States are no longer majority-Catholic, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. In 2018-19, 47% of Latinos identified as Catholic, that’s down from the 57% a decade ago. The study, released Oct. 17, found the share of Latinos who say they are religiously unaffiliated is now 2%, up from 15% in 2009. By Alejandra Molina. 1138 words. (category: a