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Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker is an author at Religion News Service.

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Jews around the world prepare for a Passover different from any other

By Menachem Wecker — April 8, 2020
(RNS) — Despite the COVID-19 crisis, more Jewish households worldwide are now expected to host their own Seder — virtually or in person — than ever before.

In new novel, the story of two grieving fathers highlights an old conflict — and the hope of peace

By Jonathan Harounoff — March 30, 2020
NEW YORK (RNS) —  Award-winning author Colum McCann’s anticipated new novel, ‘Apeirogon,’ tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two bereaved fathers born into opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Romemu strikes a popular balance of Jewish tradition and interfaith spiritual seeking

By Jonathan Harounoff — October 8, 2019
NEW YORK (RNS) — 'We’re working on becoming a real alternative to what many consider to be a Judaism where spirituality is not sufficiently addressed,' said the synagogue's founder.

New Jersey town fights anti-Semitic image to become model for neighbors

By Jonathan Harounoff — September 13, 2019
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (RNS) — A center for Jewish learning for 75 years, the rapidly expanding suburb deployed professional mediators and civic pride to heal a community divide.

Entrepreneur markets interfaith meats to combat surge in religious hate crimes

By Jonathan Harounoff — May 16, 2019
NEW YORK (RNS) — An Iranian-American interfaith activist and businessman is looking to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths' dietary laws.

Seventh-day Adventists fit into the rhythms — and faiths — of Israeli life

By Jonathan Harounoff — May 3, 2019
JERUSALEM (RNS) — While in other countries the world's 21 million Adventists stand out for their Saturday services and their public evangelism, here in Israel the group can be easy to miss.

In Tel Aviv, Jews join with Muslims in vigil mourning New Zealand dead

By Jonathan Harounoff — March 18, 2019
TEL AVIV (RNS) — Dozens gathered outside the New Zealand embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday night for a somber candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of Friday's (March 15) mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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