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Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel

By Josef Federman — October 18, 2021
Zebulon Simentov, who lived in a dilapidated synagogue in Kabul, kept kosher, prayed in Hebrew and endured decades of war, fled Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
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There are no opposing views of the Holocaust

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — What is wrong with these people in Southlake, Texas?

Neo-Nazi’s burial in Jewish gravesite causes stir in Germany

By Kirsten Grieshaber — October 13, 2021
Several German news outlets have reported that known Holocaust denier Henry Hafenmayer was buried Friday at the Stahnsdorf cemetery just outside of Berlin. His ashes were interred in the plot where Max Friedlaender, a German-Jewish musicologist, was buried.

What Ted Lasso could teach clergy

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 12, 2021
(RNS) — A popular series contains hidden wisdom for those of us who work for God.

Families of different faiths swap houses, lives in Ava DuVernay’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 11, 2021
(RNS) — In the unscripted TV series, 16 families from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds or sexual orientations trade homes for a week.

Newsom launches council to focus on teaching California students about the Holocaust

By Alejandra Molina — October 8, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'We are offering an antidote to the cynicism that this is how things are, and responding to that hate the best way we know how — with education and empathy,' California Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

The thing about dead Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2021
(RNS) — What is it about Jewish suffering that is so attractive?

Celebrate Facebook’s outage? Many faith communities couldn’t talk at all.

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Facebook has been a catalyst for religious communities that aren’t defined geographically.

Born into slavery, they rose to be elite New York Jews. A new book tells their story.

By Yonat Shimron — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — In her new book, ‘Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family,’ Laura Arnold Leibman shows that Jews were not only slave owners. They were also slaves.

EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe

By Associated Press — October 5, 2021
According to Europe’s Fundamental Rights Agency, nine out of 10 Jews consider that antisemitism has increased in their country and is a serious problem. More than one in three people have considered emigrating to escape the abuse.

American Girl releases doll outfits for Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah celebrations

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 5, 2021
(RNS) — Happy Christmahanukwanzadan!

Sailors, Marines seek religious accommodation to wear beards

By Joseph Hammond — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — One Orthodox Jewish sailor and three Muslim sailors joined in a lawsuit alleging the Navy’s beard policy amounts to a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Jewish women to march in abortion rights rally

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2021
(RNS) — The National Council for Jewish Women will host a special Shabbat morning service at the site of the Washington march Saturday in Freedom Plaza.
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