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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit by 36 United Methodist churches

By Yonat Shimron — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — The North Carolina churches sued in state courts to leave a denomination they view as having strayed from its theological moorings on LGBTQ issues.

Israel’s Reform rabbi and legislator on judicial overhaul: ‘It doesn’t look good.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 20, 2023
(RNS) — Gilad Kariv, who serves on the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, said he wants American Jews to help protect Israel’s democracy.

Americans like Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants. Evangelicals, not so much.

By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2023
(RNS) — A new Pew Research poll finds that only 18% of nonevangelical Americans had favorable opinions of evangelicals; 32% had somewhat unfavorable views.

American Jews will protest Israel finance minister’s speech in DC

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — Israel’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a right-wing Israeli politician, is scheduled to speak Sunday (March 12).

White supremacist propaganda scaled new heights in 2022, ADL report finds

By Yonat Shimron — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The Patriot Front, based in Texas, was responsible for 80% of propaganda distributions in 2022, the ADL report concluded.

Reform movement leader on Israel: ‘It’s time to lean in; not walk away.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — Like all US Jewish denominations, the Reform movement has given wholehearted support to Israel. In an interview with RNS, Rabbi Rick Jacobs reiterated that support, even as he allowed for some criticism.

Documentary on Robert Putnam urges Americans to ‘Join or Die’

By Yonat Shimron — March 2, 2023
(RNS) — In their new documentary, filmmakers Pete and Rebecca Davis suggest joining a club — or a religious congregation — may be the key to the nation’s democratic renewal.

For many congregations, wiping out medical debt has become a popular calling

By Yonat Shimron — March 1, 2023
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — While donations from religious groups constitute less than 20% of RIP Medical Debt's overall revenue, they are becoming an increasingly common way for congregations to do social justice.

A US rabbi bears witness to the trauma in Ukraine one year after Russian invasion

By Yonat Shimron — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — Rabbi Charles Feinberg joined an interfaith delegation that traveled to Kyiv and its surroundings where they saw leveled buildings, displaced people's centers and evidence of human rights abuses and atrocities.

Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.

Progressive US Jews rally in solidarity with Israeli protesters

By Yonat Shimron — February 21, 2023
(RNS) — Outrage over Israel’s government and its anti-democratic leanings have provoked strong reactions among U.S. Jews.

At Repro Shabbat, Jewish congregations try to change the narrative on abortion

By Yonat Shimron — February 16, 2023
(RNS) — At more than 1,200 synagogues this weekend, Jews will pushing back against the prevailing Christian view that abortion is religiously forbidden.

Trailblazing Episcopal priest Pauli Murray to be featured on US quarters

By Yonat Shimron — February 14, 2023
(RNS) — The civil rights lawyer, activist, writer and priest was also gender nonconforming.

Poll: A minority of American Jews continues to feel threatened by antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — February 13, 2023
(RNS) — Most American Jews feel safe in their places of worship and at work. But 41% said they feel less secure in the United States from a year ago, a new AJC poll finds.

His popular blog debunks Christian myths. With the profits, he does the Christian thing.

By Yonat Shimron — February 10, 2023
(RNS) — Bart Ehrman is known for challenging established Christian teachings. But there’s a part of him that still honors his abandoned Christian faith and what he sees as its moral obligations, such as giving to charity.
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