Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

This Yom Kippur, she’ll pray inside the synagogue, he’ll secure it on the outside

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Shana Silverstein and Tom Barbieri are among a growing rank of intermarried synagogue members.

Suspended UMC Latina bishop found not guilty on all charges

By Yonat Shimron — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, a leader of the California-Nevada Conference, or region, of the United Methodist Church, will return to her role after an 18-month suspension.

Suspended UMC Latina bishop accused of financial malfeasance and retaliation

By Yonat Shimron — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — The trial of Bishop Minerva Carcaño is a first for a United Methodist bishop.

Digging into her family’s past, she discovered a hidden legacy almost lost

By Yonat Shimron — September 15, 2023
(RNS) — Linda Ambrus Broenniman knew her parents came to the United States to escape communism. Why would her father conceal his Jewish past?

Survey: Mainline clergy are more liberal than their congregants

By Yonat Shimron — September 14, 2023
(RNS) — Mainline clergy are more supportive than their congregants of LGBTQ rights, more likely to have opposed the overturn of Roe v. Wade and less likely to believe America is in danger of losing its culture and identity.

Three dozen NC churches have agreed to leave the UMC under approved plan

By Yonat Shimron — September 8, 2023
(RNS) — After a judge dismissed their lawsuit, the 36 churches in the Western North Carolina Conference agreed to leave under the denomination's exit plan. They will formally exit in November.

Elon Musk’s threat to sue an antisemitism watchdog extends platform’s war of words

By Yonat Shimron — September 6, 2023
(RNS) — Over the last several days, the owner of X, formerly Twitter, has posted at least 25 times about the Anti-Defamation League.

Christie’s cancels auction of jewelry bought by billionaire with Nazi past

By Yonat Shimron — September 1, 2023
(RNS) — The auction house planned to sell jewelry from the collection of Heidi Horten, whose husband built a fortune at the expense of Jews during the Nazi years.

For Jews, pandemic-era online worship has an enduring upside

By Yonat Shimron — August 31, 2023
(RNS) — The embrace of videoconferencing and livestreaming is actually helping Jews engage more fully with their faith.

A decade in, Jewish digital library has revolutionized learning for ‘people of the book’

By Yonat Shimron — August 28, 2023
(RNS) — Sefaria offers 3,300 Jewish canonical texts online for free.

Harvard Divinity School selects first Black woman as dean

By Yonat Shimron — August 25, 2023
(RNS) — Marla Frederick, a professor of religion and culture at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, will succeed David Hempton, who has served as dean since 2012.

An online assembly attempts to correct March on Washington gender gap

By Yonat Shimron — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — None of the speeches at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom were delivered by women. The “She Speaks” online assembly is intended to lift up the voices of women fighting for racial justice.

Robert Jones’ new book roots white supremacy in 500-year-old papal decree

By Yonat Shimron — August 22, 2023
(RNS) — The Doctrine of Discovery shaped the way America’s white, European Christian settlers saw themselves and their mission and gave rise to uncontrollable outbursts of violence.

An advocate for secular education among Haredi Jews discovers journalism

By Yonat Shimron — August 14, 2023
(RNS) — Naftuli Moster became convinced there needs to be an independent news outlet that holds Haredi leaders and institutions — and especially the rabbinic establishments — accountable.

Are white evangelical pastors at odds with their congregants? A new study says no.

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2023
(RNS) — A new study shows white evangelical clergy are as conservative, if not more so, as the people in their churches.
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