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Goodbye, Van Morrison

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — A veteran rocker goes antisemitic on us. I'm so done.
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Tree of Life names renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to design synagogue complex

By Yonat Shimron — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Libeskind, the architect behind such high-profile designs as New York’s ground zero site plan and Berlin’s Jewish Museum, is the son of Holocaust survivors.

Biden raises refugee ceiling, and faith-based groups brace for rebuilding work

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Jack Jenkins — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’

Abraham Joshua Heschel was a spiritual radical. A new documentary shows he’s more timely than ever

By Yonat Shimron — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — A Polish-born Jew from a long line of Hasidic rabbis, he immigrated to America in 1940 and quickly rose to become a leading public intellectual — a civil rights crusader, a champion of interfaith dialogue and an opponent of the Vietnam War.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Stopping sexual harassment where religious communities meet

By Azza Karam, Audrey E. Kitagawa, Cassandra Lawrence, Katherine Marshall — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — The interfaith movement will become irrelevant if it does more to protect reputations than keep leaders accountable.

Philanthropists and politicians: Religion is not a problem to solve, it’s a partnership opportunity

By Michael Wear — May 3, 2021
(RNS) —  It is certainly within the rights of philanthropic and political institutions to 'not do religion,' but such an approach undermines any meaningful, holistic commitment to community or place-based humanitarian efforts in much of this country.

Israeli watchdog to investigate deadly festival stampede

By Associated Press — May 3, 2021
(AP) — The tragedy brought renewed attention to Israel's ultra-Orthodox community, where many have flouted coronavirus restrictions over the past year.

Faith leaders concerned about Southern California temporary shelters for migrant children

By Alejandra Molina — April 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — One of these 'influx centers,' the Fairplex, was also previously used as a temporary detention camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, faith leaders noted in a recent statement.

A day of national tragedy in Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — In large measure, this has been the worst day in the history of modern Israel. Let's study some Talmud in order to understand it.

Stampede in Israel claims dozens of lives, injures hundreds of Jewish pilgrims

By Michele Chabin — April 30, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The tragedy occurred at Mount Meron, where more than 100,000 Orthodox men, women and children gathered to celebrate Lag b’Omer, a holiday that recalls the end of an ancient plague.

In Poway and Pittsburgh, mayors join fight against hate after synagogue attacks

By Manya Brachear Pashman — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — When an attack happens these days, mayors who have experienced shootings in their communities reach out with advice for their newly affected colleagues.

Report: Pandemic gives rise to antisemitic ‘Zoom bombing’

By Michael Kunzelman — April 27, 2021
(AP) — The Anti-Defamation League counted 196 cases of antisemitic "Zoom bombing" attacks in the U.S. last year.
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