Jacob Wirtschafter

Jacob Wirtschafter is an author at Religion News Service.

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The Mask Project offers jobs to unemployed and masks to Arizona’s hardest-hit communities

May 18, 2020

PHOENIX (RNS) — Founded by Arizona Jews for Justice, The Mask Project aids the state’s Latino and Native American communities, which have been hit particularly hard by both the novel coronavirus and the economic fallout.

Egypt arrests Coptic community rights activist amid heightened surveillance measures

December 5, 2019

CAIRO (RNS) — Early on Nov. 23, plainclothes police arrived at the home of Ramy Kamel, a tailor and advocate for the Coptic community. Human rights groups have expressed alarm over Kamel’s arrest and a renewed crackdown on activists and journalists in Egypt.

US advocates for Syrian refugee resettlement find unexpected allies

September 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Jewish American groups say they can’t be bystanders as the refugee crisis unfolds. They join Arab-American leaders in a critique of existing policies, which have sharply limited the numbers of refugees settled in the United States.

Activists intent on building third Jewish temple spark tensions at holy site

November 12, 2014

JERUSALEM (RNS) The Temple Mount is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism. How Israeli society deals with it may hold the key to the peace process.

On Rosh Hashanah, Israelis welcome a more diverse set of Jews

September 24, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) As Israelis pause to celebrate the Jewish New Year, they can also celebrate a surge in the number of non-Jews participating in conversion courses run by Israel’s Reform and Conservative movements.

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