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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

All Stories by Yonat Shimron

Antisemitism monitor lands in Saudi Arabia on first official trip

By Yonat Shimron — June 27, 2022
(RNS) — Deborah Lipstadt said she wanted to raise awareness of antisemitism in the Persian Gulf region, which is predominantly Muslim.

For the religious right, a victory 50 years in the making

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — A mighty coalition comprising mostly conservative Catholics, evangelical Christians and Mormons grounded its theological aims in the language of human rights and played its politics unrelentingly.

A church was ordered to rescind its gay deacon. Now it weighs its next step.

By Yonat Shimron — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Neland Avenue is not the only congregation in the Christian Reformed Church to welcome LGBTQ members. But now it’s being singled out.

Poll: Americans’ belief in God is dropping

By Yonat Shimron — June 21, 2022
(RNS) — In the latest Gallup Poll, belief in God dipped to 81%, down 6 percentage points from 2017, and the lowest since Gallup first asked the question in 1944.

A pioneering Shabbat service marks a new way to observe Jewish Juneteenth

By Yonat Shimron — June 19, 2022
(RNS) —The Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat was the first Jewish service organized and led by Jews of color to mark the annual celebration of freedom that is now a federal holiday.

Christian Reformed Church codifies homosexual sex as sin in its declaration of faith

By Yonat Shimron — June 15, 2022
(RNS) — Over the years, the small Calvinist denomination has given its churches a degree of latitude in ministering to LGBTQ people. That may now change.

Canadian megachurch discloses 38 reports of sexual misconduct by 4 pastors

By Yonat Shimron — June 13, 2022
(RNS) — Bruxy Cavey isn't the only pastor of The Meeting House to be charged with sexual misconduct. Four pastors at the church he once led have been accused — and two convicted — of sexual crimes.

Conservative rabbis approve new language for nonbinary Jews

By Yonat Shimron — June 8, 2022
(RNS) — Calling people up to the Torah by name is a long-standing Saturday morning practice. Now the Conservative movement has formalized a series of Hebrew terms service leaders can use to call nonbinary people to Torah honors.

Bruxy Cavey, disgraced Canadian pastor, charged with sexual assault

By Yonat Shimron — June 7, 2022
(RNS) — Police in Hamilton, Ontario, confirmed the alleged victim was an adult female but did not say whether it was the same woman who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Cavey late last year.

Rabbi James Rudin’s memoir recounts the interfaith movement’s hits and misses

By Yonat Shimron — May 30, 2022
(RNS) — In the book, 'The People in the Room: Rabbis, Nuns, Pastors, Popes, and Presidents,' Rudin writes about his favorite collaborators, the challenges of cultivating pluralism and the future of interfaith relations.

Poll: White evangelical support for Israel higher than any other Christian group

By Yonat Shimron — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — The survey of 10,441 US adults found that two-thirds of Americans express at least a somewhat favorable view of the Israeli people. Americans under 30 are more supportive of Palestinians.

Alleged assault by former SBC president may be most damaging part of explosive report

By Yonat Shimron — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and longtime Georgia megachurch pastor, has denied the allegations he sexually assaulted another pastor's wife.

With AIPAC funding primary campaigns, young Jewish progressives move further left

By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young Jews are rejecting establishment-backed Democratic candidates supported by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group that supports pro-Israel candidates in both parties.

How Black people and Jews are bound together in ‘great replacement’ theory

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Dozens of pages of the Buffalo shooter's manifesto are devoted first to Blacks and then to Jews, replete with photos, drawings, graphs and caricatures.

Julia Haart’s memoir, a journey from religious orthodoxy to high fashion

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — In her memoir, 'Brazen,' she details her escape from the Haredi Jewish enclave and her meteoric rise to the elite world of fashion, partly captured in the Netflix reality TV show, 'My Unorthodox Life.'
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