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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

Synagogues forced to balance welcoming the stranger with protecting their own

By Yonat Shimron — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the aftermath of the Colleyville standoff, many security experts say protecting synagogue buildings may mean locked doors, hired guards, cameras and intercom systems.

As rabbi was held hostage, interfaith colleagues gathered to help end the standoff

By Yonat Shimron — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — The congregation’s rabbi is particularly well connected to the larger interfaith community and on good terms with many Muslim leaders.

Hostages safe, invader dead as standoff at Dallas-area synagogue ends

By Yonat Shimron — January 15, 2022
(RNS) — An interfaith team of local clergy worked with the negotiators and assisted relatives of the hostages throughout the ordeal.

New book examines the religious lives of people without homes

By Yonat Shimron — January 14, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Susan Dunlap's 'Shelter Theology' describes the faith of people living in a homeless shelter, many of whom believe God guides and blesses them.

Ahead of Jewish Earth Day, more Jewish institutions take climate action

By Yonat Shimron — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — Environmental awareness is beginning to filter down into Jewish institutional life, with increasing attention to building sustainability and impact investing.

Was Mary Magdalene really from Magdala? Two scholars examine the evidence

By Yonat Shimron — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — The two scholars suggest Magdalene may well be an honorific from the Hebrew and Aramaic words meaning ‘tower’ or ‘magnify.’

What happened to the nonbelief channel at Patheos?

By Yonat Shimron — January 4, 2022
(RNS) — Bloggers were advised they could stay at Patheos so long as they stop writing negative or critical posts on religion or politics and instead focus on how to live a good life within their own worldview. They left.

Investigator calls on Reform movement’s rabbinical group to update ethics code

By Yonat Shimron — December 22, 2021
(RNS) — The report for the Central Conference of American Rabbis asks that sections of its code related to violations involving minors be expanded and notifications be made public.

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

By Yonat Shimron and Michele Chabin — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Birthright Israel delegations and similar Jewish travel programs were exempted from a travel ban that has canceled Christian trips to Israel at Christmas.

24 inmates awarded BA degree in pastoral ministry will serve NC prisons as ministers

By Yonat Shimron — December 20, 2021
NASHVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — A push to rehabilitate prisoners through education is quietly taking root across the nation and in North Carolina.

Biden administration slaps sanctions on China over Uyghur Muslim persecution

By Yonat Shimron — December 16, 2021
(RNS) — The new sanctions will bar Chinese companies from trading or exchanging biotechnology or surveillance products with the United States.

Poll: America growing more secular by the year

By Yonat Shimron — December 14, 2021
(RNS) — Just 63% of Americans self-identified as Christian this year, a marked drop from 75% a decade ago.

More Orthodox Jewish women are ordained; change is uneven

By Yonat Shimron and Ilan Ben Zion — December 14, 2021
(RNS/AP) — While the larger Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have ordained women rabbis for decades, the Orthodox fold has only recently begun tapping women to leadership roles.

Faith-based disaster relief teams fan out across 6 states to help tornado recovery

By Yonat Shimron — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — The tornadoes hit mostly Southern states where Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams as well as Samaritan's Purse are well trained to respond.

As Afghan evacuees overwhelm US aid agencies, Jewish groups step in as partners

By Yonat Shimron — December 9, 2021
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — The refugees are not Jewish. But as grandchildren of refugees, American Jews want to honor their ancestors by helping others.
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