Afro-Cuban drums, Muslim prayers, Buddhist mantras: Religious diversity blooms in once-atheist Cuba

By Luis Andres Henao — May 17, 2024
HAVANA (AP) — Today, diverse beliefs can be found mixed together on altars in homes, with the Virgin Mary sharing space with a ceramic Buddha and a warrior spirit from the Afro-Cuban faith.
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A Palestinian converted to Judaism. An Israeli soldier saw him as a threat and opened fire

By Jack Jeffery — May 16, 2024
JERUSALEM (AP) — In his final moments, David Ben-Avraham was once again viewed as a Palestinian who was in the wrong place, at a time of widespread anger and suspicion.

Playwright Tom Block aims to tell ‘two equally righteous narratives’ of Israel, Palestine

By Ambar Castillo — May 16, 2024
Queens, NEW YORK (RNS) — In 'Oud Player on the Tel,' playwright Tom Block, who is Jewish and identifies with Islamic mysticism, envisions a friendship between two displaced people in 1947.

Hagee: Antisemitism bill in Congress doesn’t violate Bible’s account of Jesus’ death

By John Hagee — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Members of Congress have claimed the legislation will stifle a false theology that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ 

1,200 Jewish professors call on Senate to reject controversial antisemitism definition

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — The professors say the antisemitism bill's main thrust is to silence criticism of Israel.

Can Zionism be spiritual?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — A clue in The New York Times crossword puzzle opens up a world of meaning.

Asian Jewish Americans have a double reason to celebrate their heritage in May

By Samira Mehta — May 14, 2024
(The Conversation) — This month marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as Jewish American Heritage Month.

Why are Jews afraid?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — Are Jewish fears over the top?

Amid surge of campus protests, chaplains find reason for hope in their students

By Elizabeth E. Evans — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The chaplains at Ivy League and other top schools say the students have learned about the concerns of other faiths, while finding ways to express their own.

Union Theological Seminary votes to divest from companies profiting from Gaza war

By Fiona Murphy — May 9, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — Union, a private, ecumenical school that serves as Columbia University’s faculty of theology but maintains a separate endowment, is the first U.S. institute of higher education known to divest from the war in Gaza.

Joan Nathan on cooking to remember, mourn and discover who we are

By Beth Kissileff — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — Both the new and the traditional are served in the Jewish cooking expert’s new dishes.

Harvard religion professor Diana Eck on pluralism’s changes, challenges

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — ‘I still think of myself as Christian, in the sense that that’s my family of origin,’ Eck said. ‘There are other families that I feel I belong to as well.’

Harvard Pluralism Project’s Diana Eck retires after decades of research, promoting dialogue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — Eck said she hopes the Pluralism Project, which has been a model for affiliates and organizations across the country, will continue to foster dialogue and engagement.
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