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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.

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Franklin Graham unfazed after evangelical base blasts him for encouraging vaccines

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — Graham's March 24 Facebook post uncovered a deep divide among evangelicals, many of whom are suspicious of COVID-19 vaccines. His organization, Samaritan's Purse, is managing vaccine clinics in Boone, North Carolina.

Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. "Tradition is what you make," he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.

Another NC man is free to leave church sanctuary as immigration policies ease

By Yonat Shimron — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Eliseo Jimenez, a 42-year-old itinerant laborer who worked in the state’s tobacco fields and later in construction laying floors, has been living at Umstead Park United Church of Christ since Oct. 9, 2017.

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

Poll: 4 in 10 US Christians plan to attend in-person Easter services

By Yonat Shimron — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — Americans are growing more confident they can attend in-person religious services, but many still want restrictions such as social distancing and masking.

US Air Force pulls firing range near a Scottish Buddhist monastery

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Europe’s oldest, largest Tibetan monastery and home to more than 60 monks and volunteers.

With Beth Moore’s exit, more evangelical women are challenging strict gender norms

By Yonat Shimron — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — While no one expects a groundswell of women to follow Moore, some evangelical women are beginning to speak out about the limits of complementarian theology.

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality

By Yonat Shimron — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — They expressed support for LGBTQ civil protections but are asking that the Senate take up a rival bill called Fairness for All, which includes religious exemptions.

He claimed white Jews gained from white supremacy. Now he’s more popular than ever.

By Yonat Shimron — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — Historian Marc Dollinger is on a quest to analyze Jewish complicity in racism.

‘Til Kingdom Come’ examines link between end-times theology and Israel politics

By Yonat Shimron — March 11, 2021
(RNS) — The new documentary by Israeli director Maya Zinshtein focuses on the complex alliance among evangelicals, Israel’s political establishment, its largest charity and the West Bank settler movement.

Survey: Churchgoers say they plan to return to in-person services

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2021
(RNS) — Many churches are already meeting in person, but attendance has typically been smaller to accommodate for social distancing. That will likely change, a Lifeway Research poll suggests.

Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are

By Yonat Shimron — March 5, 2021
(RNS) — A new survey by Pew Research shows that 64% of Black Protestants 'definitely or probably' plan to get vaccinated, compared to 54% of white evangelicals.

This rabbi got Kentucky to adopt an anti-Semitism resolution. But not all Jews are happy.

By Yonat Shimron — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbi Shlomo Litvin said the resolution may stanch a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Lexington, Kentucky. Critics worry it could be used to silence free speech by those who criticize Israel.

Bethany Christian Services to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt, foster children

By Yonat Shimron — March 1, 2021
(RNS) — The change lowers the temperature on a hot culture-war topic pitting faith-based adoption and foster care agencies and civil liberties groups against one another.

What’s in store for the Equality Act, and why do some religions want a revision?

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Equality Act likely won't pass in the US Senate, as is. But if the Senate were to include religious exemptions, it might.
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