Michele Chabin

Michele Chabin is an author at Religion News Service.

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Holy Land churches, mosques, synagogues close for coronavirus

March 26, 2020

(RNS) — Public religion in the Holy Land has ground to a halt due to the coronavirus.

App for the blind is the latest in Jerusalem’s effort to make holy sites accessible

June 11, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — In recent months, pedestrian walkways through the oldest parts of the city have been reworked to make them wheelchair-accessible, and new technology is bringing holy sites to life for everyone.

Jerusalem pride parade draws thousands, guarded by police

June 6, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Jerusalem’s parade draws thousands of LGBTQ Israelis and their allies, to an event guarded by thousands of police. Unlike in Tel Aviv, known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world, Jerusalem’s residents aren’t always welcoming. Its pride parade has sparked controversy and, in at least one case, violence, in the past.

Latino evangelical leaders meet in Jerusalem for summit on Israel

May 24, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Latino evangelical leaders from the United States recently met at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to celebrate its move there.

Israeli health advocate pens prayer to encourage vaccination

May 17, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A concerned Jewish healthcare worker has composed a prayer to be said before vaccinations are given. She hopes the prayer, which has been posted in some well-baby clinics, will help ease the minds of parents whose children are being vaccinated.

Close vote in Israel extends tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties’ outsized sway

April 11, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Besides its effect on the everyday lives of Jewish Israelis, the influence of haredi parties promises to exacerbate tensions between the Israeli government and non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews.

Women wearing tefillin cause a stir in Jerusalem

February 15, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) – Women of the Wall is part of an annual campaign spearheaded by American Conservative Jews to encourage women, as well as men, to wear phylacteries during prayer.

As survivors age, Holocaust educators rush to preserve their irreplaceable testimony

January 24, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The race against time has prompted a program to take survivors back to their hometowns in Europe to film their recollections of the places where they experienced the catastrophe most acutely.

Greek Orthodox Church faces Israeli homeowners’ ire after land sales

January 15, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The secretive sale by the church, the country’s second largest landowner, to a group of investors has outraged residents and church members alike.

Airbnb accused of anti-Semitism for delisting West Bank properties

November 27, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Palestinians and their supporters insist that the ban has nothing to do with anti-Semitism and everything to do with justice.

Jerusalem mayoral race exposes religious-secular rift

November 12, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A fight over nightclub closures on the sabbath represents a larger tug-of-war over whose values will prevail — the ultra-Orthodox Jews’ or those of their more mainstream Jewish neighbors.

Israeli court fines ultra-Orthodox radio station for banning women from the air

September 21, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, “and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist. 

Archaeologists find more evidence of Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem

July 28, 2017

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The results of the excavation, carried out in Jerusalem’s Old City, come days before Tisha B’Av, a fast day commemorating the anniversary of the destruction the First Temple.

Israeli government suspends mixed-prayer plan at the Western Wall

June 25, 2017

JERUSALEM (RNS) The move is likely to improve Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relations with ultra-Orthodox parties in his ruling coalition.

Noah’s Ark mosaic uncovered in ancient Galilee synagogue

August 2, 2016

JERUSALEM (RNS) The mosaic, dating to the fifth century, includes pairs of bears, donkeys, leopards, camels, lions, ostriches and snakes, just as described in the Book of Genesis.

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