Nothing sacred: Russian spies tried hacking Orthodox clergy

By Raphael Satter — August 27, 2018

LONDON (AP) — The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox women win partial victory in fight to run for office

By Yonat Shimron — August 24, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The demands for representation from a growing number of religious women come amid a seismic shift in Israeli ultra-Orthodox society in which more religious women are entering the professions.

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

By Karen Matthews — July 22, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Complaints that some schools run by the city’s strictly observant Hasidic Jews barely teach English, math, science or social studies have fueled a movement to demand stricter oversight by state and local educational authorities.

Orthodox rabbi chosen to lead multifaith California theological center

By Yonat Shimron — June 28, 2018

(RNS) — Daniel Lehmann, an Orthodox rabbi and the president of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Mass., was picked to lead the Northern California consortium that includes graduate and doctoral degree offerings in Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

El Al vows to end practice of moving women to accommodate ultra-Orthodox

By Paul O'Donnell — June 26, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Responding to growing pushback from Israeli feminists and human rights advocates, Israel’s national airline announced that it will no longer ask female passengers to move in deference to ultra-Orthodox men’s religious modesty. Anyone refusing to sit next to other passengers, El Al’s chairman said, will immediately be removed from the aircraft.

Greek town ritually burned Judas as Orthodox celebrated Easter

By Jerome Socolovsky — April 9, 2018

ERMIONI, Greece (AP) — The tradition dates back centuries in some places. In the Greek town of Ermioni, it has been observed the past 25 years.

Ukrainian Orthodox switch allegiance from Moscow to Kiev-linked churches

By Jerome Socolovsky — April 4, 2018

KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) — The church’s ties with Moscow, which date back to the 17th century when Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire, started to cause problems in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

Modern Orthodox rabbis earn good salaries but few benefits

By Yonat Shimron — January 31, 2018

(RNS)  — A first-of-its-kind survey of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. and Canada finds that their synagogues offer skimpy or barebones benefit packages.

Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won’t vote for him

By RNS staff — January 22, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The independent Novaya Gazeta noted Monday that Yevtikhiy’s comment marked the first time a top member of the Orthodox clergy had spoken out against Putin.

More Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews buck tradition and head for the army, higher ed

By Lauren Markoe — January 17, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — ‘My father didn’t serve and neither did my nearly 100 cousins, not that I hold it against them,’ said one ultra-Orthodox soldier.

N.J. town rescinds parks ban alleged to target Orthodox Jews

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — December 29, 2017

(AP) The New Jersey town council was pressured by the state to drop its ban on New Yorkers visiting its public park. The council had also tried — and failed — to ban boundary markers Jews use to observe Sabbath rules.

Lawsuit: New Jersey town illegally targeted Orthodox Jews

By Yonat Shimron — October 24, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) —The state contends Mahwah township violated New Jersey’s Green Acres Act by banning out-of-state residents from its parks after residents complained about their use by Orthodox Jewish families from New York.

Orthodox rabbi to host ‘alternative Yom Kippur’ service in beer garden

By Menachem Wecker — September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Jews are supposed to abstain from food and drink on the most holy day of the Jewish year. So why is this rabbi holding services in a bar?

Most US Jews oppose Trump but the Orthodox stick with him

By Yonat Shimron — September 13, 2017

(RNS) — The vast majority of Jews did not vote for Trump, exit polls showed. But those who identify as Orthodox were the most supportive of Trump on Election Day and continue to give him high marks.

Pope and Orthodox Christian leader issue unprecedented appeal for the environment

By Christopher Lamb — September 1, 2017

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘Our attitude and behaviour towards creation obscures our calling as God’s co-operators,’ wrote Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew.

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