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How ‘Vacation Interfaith School’ helped build connections in Maryland

By Liz Kineke — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — A camp like this one not only emphasizes a shared understanding among those of different faiths (or none), but it also has a way of breaking down silo walls.

Yeshiva University is forced to accept an LGBTQ club

By Mark Silk — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — But it’s unclear for how long.

Poll: Jewish voters are highly motivated and concerned about American democracy

By Yonat Shimron — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — Abortion is a driving issue, especially among younger Jews, but the threat to the future of democracy appears to be an even larger issue in the Jewish Electorate Institute poll.

SCOTUS says Yeshiva University must recognize LGBTQ club as legal battle continues

By Kathryn Post — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — Yeshiva University must first pursue relief through the state courts before the Supreme Court can intervene.

Blowing shofars, Jewish lawmakers, rabbis hold abortion rights ‘sho-test’

By Jack Jenkins — September 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Abortion justice is a Jewish value,’ said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

What The New York Times’ story on Hasidic schools misses

By Avi Shafran — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — The vast majority of Hasidic parents and students cherish the education offered by their yeshivas.

Second gentleman meets with Jewish abortion rights activists at White House

By Jack Jenkins — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — Activists say second gentleman Douglas Emhoff expressed support for those who argue that various state-level abortion bans violate the religious freedom of many U.S. Jews.

New York poised to strengthen oversight of nonpublic schools

By Carolyn Thompson — September 13, 2022
A Board of Regents committee unanimously approved guidelines Monday to make sure instruction at the state's private and religious schools is equivalent to that of its public schools, following years of complaints that some ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools were not meeting basic academic standards.

The scandal of Hasidic education — a cry from the heart

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — We are reeling from the report on Hasidic education. We needed to hear about this and we need to help repair it.

Faculty, students sue Christian school over LGBTQ hiring ban

By David Crary — September 12, 2022
(AP) – A group of 16 students, faculty and staff at the Christian Seattle Pacific University sued the leaders of the school's board of trustees for an employment policy barring people in same-sex relationships from full-time jobs.

Supreme Court blocks recognition of LGBTQ club at Yeshiva University

By Kathryn Post — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'We are pleased with Justice Sotomayor’s ruling which protects our religious liberty and identity as a leading faith-based academic institution,' said Yeshiva University's president.

We need a louder and broader Jewish voice

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — Craig Taubman is not just a singer. He might actually be a latter-day prophet.

Why Queen Elizabeth mattered

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — It turns out we needed a queen all along.

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

By Tom Davies — September 9, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed on Thursday by the ACLU of Indiana argues that the abortion ban set to take effect next week violates a state religious-freedom law that was approved by Republican lawmakers in 2015.

Nearly 200 religious colleges deemed ‘unsafe’ for LGBTQ students by Campus Pride

By Alejandra Molina — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, bigotry, and hate,' said Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer.
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