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Texas rabbi urges Americans to view each other in God’s image

By Yonat Shimron — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who survived a hostage-taking at his synagogue last Saturday, gave the closing remarks at an online White House briefing Friday, with an impassioned plea for civility.
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Antisemitic conspiracy theories and the hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue

By Jonathan D. Sarna — January 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — Myths related to Jewish conspiracies to control the world have long circulated in the US and continue to fuel hatred.

Whose ‘Torah values’?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — We don't need members of Congress teaching Americans about 'Torah values.' Join me in smelling a rat.

Top Presbyterian executive calls on US Jews to end ‘enslavement’ of Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — In his reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson said he hoped U.S. Jews would influence the U.S. government in ‘ending the immoral enslavement’ of Palestinians.

Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case

By Peter Smith — January 20, 2022
(AP) — The gunman’s words were all too familiar to Jewish leaders and terror experts, who saw the attack on Congregation Beth Israel as yet another in the rising number of antisemitic hate crimes.

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

By Sylvia Hui, Jill Lawless, and Danica Kirka — January 20, 2022
LONDON (AP) — British police are continuing to support U.S. authorities with their investigation into Saturday’s hostage incident. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue.

Synagogues forced to balance welcoming the stranger with protecting their own

By Yonat Shimron — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — In the aftermath of the Colleyville standoff, many security experts say protecting synagogue buildings may mean locked doors, hired guards, cameras and intercom systems.

Religious communities have a moral obligation to make the internet better

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Six ways religious and spiritual leaders can help the internet serve their communities right now.

We should hire Deborah Lipstadt to combat antisemitism, not punish her for doing so

By Avi Shafran — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Congress appears to be holding up an antisemitism watchdog’s confirmation for pointing out antisemitism.

11 hours of prayer and solidarity at the Colleyville synagogue standoff

By Omar Suleiman — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — At the request of his editors, our columnist writes about waiting with hostages’ families.

Cold case team shines new light on betrayal of Anne Frank

By Mike Corder — January 17, 2022
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A cold case team that combed through evidence for five years in a bid to unravel one of World War II’s enduring mysteries has reached what it calls the “most likely scenario” of who betrayed Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank and her family. Their answer, outlined in a new book called “The […]

Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

By Jake Bleiberg, Eric Tucker, and Jamie Stengle — January 17, 2022
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told 'CBS Mornings' that he let the gunman inside the suburban Fort Worth synagogue Saturday because he appeared to need shelter.

As rabbi was held hostage, interfaith colleagues gathered to help end the standoff

By Yonat Shimron — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — The congregation’s rabbi is particularly well connected to the larger interfaith community and on good terms with many Muslim leaders.
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