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Interfaith summit dreams of America as a potluck, not a battlefield

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — Hundreds of interfaith campus leaders gathered in Chicago to reimagine America as a potluck, where everyone is welcome — rather than a melting pot.
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What stabbed Salman Rushdie?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 16, 2022
(RNS) — This was not only an attack on an author. It was an attack on culture and civilization itself.

The climate bill is our generation’s moonshot. Failure is not an option.

By Joshua Hammerman — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — As Ron Howard's new movie shows, our new adventure means digging deep, not going high.

Synagogue of judge who approved Trump’s search warrant cancels Shabbat service

By Yonat Shimron — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — The vitriol against Reinhart is part of an escalation of antisemitic animus propelled by Trump's fervent supporters.

You support BDS? I’m quitting your fan club!

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'It's only rock 'n' roll, but I like it.' Not always. Not when they don't like me.

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.

Russia’s threats to shut down Jewish Agency raise alarm bells for those who remember the past

By Shaul Kelner — August 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — During the Cold War, Russia’s refusal to allow Jews to leave the country reflected its political aims. The same is likely true today, a Jewish studies scholar explains.

Teaching teachers about the Holocaust and its lessons for democracy today

By Yonat Shimron — August 10, 2022
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (RNS) — The Olga Lengyel Institute trains schoolteachers to view the Holocaust as a prism for understanding social injustice, bigotry and hatred.

Queens community condemns attack on Gandhi statue as anti-Hindu vandalism

By Richa Karmarkar — August 9, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Leaders from the diverse Richmond Hill community in New York’s Queens borough came together on Tuesday to condemn an act of vandalism against a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir Hindu temple.

Amy Spitalnick, who took on neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, is moving to Bend the Arc

By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — In November, Spitalnick will become CEO of the left-leaning organization that blends community organizing, political advocacy and leadership training.

Birthright Israel brings Jews in recovery to Israel

By Michele Chabin — August 8, 2022
JERUSALEM (RNS) — 'Recovery is all about change and healing,' said one person in recovery who took a tour of Israel that allows Jews in recovery to explore their Jewish heritage and faith. 'I feel like a changed man because of this trip.'

Why we still need Tisha B’Av

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — What would happen if America could name its national sins?

How a Peruvian farmer converted to Judaism and started a movement

By Yonat Shimron — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — 'The Prophet of the Andes' offers a peek at the momentous changes that are reshaping religions as more people abandon the religion of their birth for something else — in this case, Judaism.
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