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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

Survey: Drop in Eastern European antisemitism may be due to Zelenskyy effect

By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — As arguably the world’s most famous Jew, he may also be contributing to a decline in antisemitic attitudes not only in Ukraine but also in neighboring Poland to the west and Russia to the east.

Chair of NC Baptist Children’s Homes resigns after arrest for animal cruelty

By Yonat Shimron — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — James David 'Jim' Goldston III, 71, and his wife, Agnes, 73, of Raleigh, are accused of poisoning their neighbor's three dogs.

Jewish organizations laud White House plan to fight antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — The new strategy, the first of its kind, was developed in consultation with some 1,000 federal officials, faith leaders and civil society groups and contains more than 100 recommendations.

In fight against ‘tyranny,’ Michigan board declares itself ‘constitutional county’

By Yonat Shimron — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — In drafting the resolution to become a ‘constitutional county,’ commissioners relied on the writings of a Wisconsin pastor who promotes the idea of resistance to civil authorities.

A new documentary takes a deep dive into the ancient and modern practice of Sabbath

By Yonat Shimron — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — Martin Doblmeier's latest documentary takes viewers to various religious communities to illustrate their Sabbath practices.

Poll: Religious attendance is shrinking but those who remain are happy

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — In the PRRI study, 57% of Americans say they seldom or never attend religious services. Among those who do, 89% said they were proud to be associated with their congregation.

North Carolina clergy demonstrate against legislature’s new abortion limits

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — Their aim was to signal that not all Christians oppose abortion. A new state bill bans abortion after 12 weeks, down from the current 20.

Hebrew school enrollment plunges dramatically in new report

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2023
(RNS) — The enrollment plunge may be another sign of declining American religious affiliation affecting American Jews as well.

Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies denounce new asylum rule

By Yonat Shimron and Alejandra Molina — May 11, 2023
(RNS) — The new rule, which goes into effect May 16, rejects asylum claims for most people who cross the border but do not first seek asylum in Mexico.

Kansas City prophet calls for 21-day fast and prayer for ‘salvation of Israel’

By Yonat Shimron — May 8, 2023
(RNS) — Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer Kansas City has launched a 21-day fast and prayer intended to hasten Jesus' return.

Their church is leaving the UMC fold. They found refuge in a nearby ‘Lighthouse.’

By Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller — May 4, 2023
(RNS) — The United Methodist Church is turning its attention to taking care of those who want to remain and rebuilding and fortifying its ranks.

In NC, a church network turns unused church buildings into homes for refugees

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — A glut of underutilized church properties offers a solution to the severe shortage of affordable housing for newly arrived refugees.

Need a kosher meal? At the world’s largest furniture market, Chabad delivers

By Yonat Shimron — April 27, 2023
HIGH POINT, N.C. (RNS) — For the past 10 years, Chabad of Greensboro has been renting a showroom at the High Point Furniture Market where Jews in the furniture industry can come to rest, pray and eat homemade kosher meals while they’re in town.

Conservative Christians aren’t the only ones asking for accommodation in mailman case

By Yonat Shimron — April 18, 2023
(RNS) — Religious minorities — Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Seventh-day Adventists — have filed briefs asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that gutted a civil rights statute’s protections for religious accommodation.

Haredi Jews bear the brunt of antisemitic attacks, global report finds

By Yonat Shimron — April 17, 2023
(RNS) — The report from Tel Aviv University and the Anti-Defamation League finds the number of physical attacks on Haredi Jews spiked in the US but declined in the UK, Germany, France, Canada and Argentina.
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