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Study: Girls raised by Jewish parents outperform Christian girls academically

By Yonat Shimron — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — Adolescent girls raised by Jewish parents have ambitious career goals and prioritize their professional success over marriage and motherhood, a study in the American Sociological Review found.
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Historic Reform seminary in Cincinnati to end rabbinic training program

By Yonat Shimron — April 12, 2022
(RNS) — Hebrew Union College’s Ohio campus had seen declining enrollment as students opted for its coastal campuses, in New York and Los Angeles.

Duke University divided over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — and antisemitism

By Mark I. Pinsky — March 30, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — For months, the local Duke chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and a new group, Students Supporting Israel, have been in a virtual slugfest on the campus.

Amid book bans, Muslim authors, parents advocate for children’s books representing Islam

By Tasmiha Khan — February 21, 2022
(RNS) — For some Muslim children's book authors, the recent book bans have highlighted the need for schools to de-escalate diversity as a hot-button issue.

What do students’ beliefs about God have to do with grades and going to college?

By Ilana Horwitz — February 15, 2022
(The Conversation) — Researchers have spent decades studying how demographics affect American students’ opportunities and performance, but many questions remain about religion and school.

Enrollment in US Catholic schools rebounds after sharp drop

By Luis Andres Henao — February 15, 2022
(AP) — This is the first increase in two decades and the largest jump in at least five decades.

California to delete Mayan, Ifá affirmations from ethnic studies to settle lawsuit

By Alejandra Molina — January 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — By deleting the affirmations, state officials say they are affirming their ‘long-standing commitment to ensuring appropriate treatment of religion in a secular public education context.’

Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

By Associated Press — January 14, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field. Former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s lawyers say the religious beliefs of their client, who is Christian, “compelled him to […]

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.

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.

Reform Jewish seminary report uncovers 50 years of sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — The report shows many of its rabbinical students said the seminary had an ‘old boys’ club’ mentality that allowed sexual harassment against women and LGBTQ students to fester.

Jon Meacham pulled from Samford University event over ties to Planned Parenthood

By Jessica Mundie — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — After receiving backlash from pro-life students about Meacham’s association with Planned Parenthood, Samford University has decided to postpone his lecture, which was scheduled during a presidential inauguration event.

Survey: One-third of Jewish college students have experienced antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2021
(RNS) — A surge of hostile sentiment has been directed against Jewish students in recent years, mostly a byproduct of animosity toward Israel’s policies with respect to Palestinians.
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