Julie Schonfeld

Julie Schonfeld is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Julie Schonfeld

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’

By Julie Schonfeld — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'The mayor's office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!' said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I’m a member of a community with duties’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 9, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbi Elliot Dorff, a theologian and ethicist specializing in medical ethics, talks about what we owe each other when it comes to being vaccinated.

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 2, 2021
(RNS) — The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk ordained by the Dalai Lama, on the impact and challenges of the pandemic.

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Using the Black church to get the word out’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem talks about how Black communities are overcoming distrust of the medical community.

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Muslims were among the first to believe in vaccines’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 21, 2021
(RNS) — A conversation with Imam Mohamed Magid on the safety and theological underpinning of taking the vaccine.

Faith leaders can help end COVID-19 pandemic by promoting vaccination

By Julie Schonfeld — November 20, 2020
(RNS) — Clergy need to seek advice from professionals and listen to our communities' concerns.

The jubilee of the moon landing is a chance to assess technology’s promise

By Julie Schonfeld — July 15, 2019
(RNS) — Technology has an almost boundless potential to solve problems, but the Bible's dictum about jubilee celebrations reminds us that technology should also create more prosperity for all.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Passover discomfort over slavery

By Julie Schonfeld — March 25, 2013
(RNS) Jewish tradition commands us to see ourselves as though we were slaves in Egypt. As I sit at my Passover Seder this year, I will wonder about my dining room chairs, and my tablecloth, both of which seem too inexpensive for the labor that must have gone into producing them.

What Hanukkah can teach us about preserving sacred space

By Julie Schonfeld — December 7, 2012

NEW YORK (RNS) The Hanukkah story of the oil in the Temple -- a measure enough for one day that lasted for eight -- speaks to the intentions and motivations that must underlie our efforts at conservation and our work to slow climate change. The theme of Hanukkah is the rededication of sacred space. By Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.

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