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The Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party

By Zev Eleff — February 24, 2021

(The Conversation) — Purim put a social spotlight on New York’s Jews and their up-and-coming relationship to the city’s most elite class.

The character Israel, center, in a scene from “Nurses” Episode 108. (Photo by Ken Woroner/eOne/NBC)

Does NBC have a Jewish problem?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 24, 2021
Hamantaschen being prepared for Purim. Photo by Anton/Unsplash/Creative Commons
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Some of the cards in the Topps series “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ.” Images courtesy of Topps

New Topps cards focus on Muhammad Ali’s faith

By Joseph Hammond — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Converts to Islam’ tells the impact of his decision on Ali’s life and on the world.

An Israeli Jewish settler youth rides a bicycle at a small promenade near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut on Feb. 22, 2021. Generations of Jews have dropped spare change into the iconic blue boxes of the Jewish National Fund, a 120-year-old Zionist organization that acquires land, plants trees and carries out development projects in the Holy Land. But the Israeli group, known by its Hebrew acronym KKL, is now considering formally expanding its activities into the occupied West Bank. That has sparked fierce opposition from left-leaning Jewish groups in the United States, deepening a rift between them and the increasingly right-wing Israeli government. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Jews split over storied charity’s support for settlements

By Joseph Krauss — February 23, 2021

(AP) — The charity, known by its Hebrew acronym KKL, is considering expanding into the occupied West Bank, sparking opposition from left-leaning Jewish groups in the U.S.

Rush Limbaugh addresses the 2019 Student Action Summit, hosted by Turning Point USA, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 21, 2019. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

Are you glad that Rush Limbaugh is dead?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 21, 2021

(RNS) — How not to say goodbye to a very dangerous man.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish community speak with New York police officers on Oct. 7, 2020, in the Borough Park neighborhood of New York’s Brooklyn borough. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In voting, Orthodox Jews are looking more like evangelicals

By Yonat Shimron — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — American Jews are liberal and vote Democratic; but among them, Orthodox Jews are increasingly voting Republican and spouting familiar conspiracy theories.

Nurse practitioner Monika Trogdon, right, gives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shot to Louella Neal, the pastor's wife, at a mobile vaccination clinic at Temple of Praise Church of Deliverance in Kenly, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, 2021. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people

By Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘A really wonderful facet of this work is the multifaith cooperation that we’re seeing already,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

In this April 11, 2020, file photo, a person films pastor Nicolas Sanchez, center left, celebrating Easter Vigil Mass at his church, decorated with candles and pictures sent by his parishioners attached to their pews, at St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood, California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

California legislator wants religious services deemed essential during state of emergency

By Alejandra Molina — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — Sen. Brian Jones, a Republican in San Diego County, introduced a piece of legislation on Friday (Feb. 12) that would allow a religious organization to file a claim for relief if it has been subjected to ‘government overreach.’

An artistic rendering of the House of One design in Berlin. Design by Kuehn Malvezzi, photo by Ulruich Schwarz, courtesy House of One

Dream of 3 faiths worshipping in one building meets reality in Berlin

By Ken Chitwood — February 15, 2021

(RNS) — Its designers and leaders hope it will be used by Jewish, Christian and Muslim members as a place to pray, worship, gather and, perhaps above all, host a dialogue among their respective religions and with society at large.

The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington, Friday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After California ruling, some are worshipping indoors, others still think it’s too risky

By Alejandra Molina — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’re going to hold on until we feel better about it,’ said the Rev. Austin Doran, of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Los Angeles County.

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When the Bible doesn’t make sense

By Jana Riess — February 12, 2021

Kristin Swenson wants to give readers space to understand that the Bible is weird, and a box full of tools to deal with that weirdness.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson, right, dances with others during Reconstructing Judaism's 2018 Convention in Philadelphia in Nov. 2018 —  the year she was ordained. Photo by Jordan Cassway

American Jews are taking a hard look at racism in their midst

By Yonat Shimron — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — The challenge for white American Jews is to understand that they can be both targets of white supremacy and also accomplices.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., center, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, second from right, march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, March 21, 1965. Courtesy of Susannah Heschel

How Heschel and King bonded over the Hebrew prophets

By A. James Rudin — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Black History Month is a fitting moment to recall a brief, remarkable friendship that permanently transformed America.

The Revs. Gabriel and Jeanette Salguero lead a service at their Assemblies of God church. Courtesy photo

A divine ‘dance’: Clergy couples on ministry, marriage and their Valentine’s Day plans

By Adelle M. Banks — February 11, 2021

(RNS) — Clergy couples — spiritual leaders who are married to each other and sometimes work together too — face a unique balancing act between marriage and work.

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