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Judaism

Jewish group condemns United Church of Christ resolution on Israel, Palestinians

By Yonat Shimron — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The American Jewish Committee took offense to the liberal Protestant denomination, which called the oppression of the Palestinian people a sin.

Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

By Laurie Kellman — July 19, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there.

Israeli police clash with protesters to clear Al-Aqsa complex for Tisha b’av worshippers

By Daoud Kuttab — July 18, 2021
(RNS) — The Israeli action violates the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, the Jordanian foreign ministry said.

Report: Nearly half of Jewish cemeteries in Europe are falling apart

By Yonat Shimron — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — The report, to be published in September by the ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, found that 44% of the 1,700 cemeteries visited by surveyors were in urgent need of protection.

Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ is an exposé that fails to explain some basic facts

By Avi Shafran — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — Fashion triumphs over fundamentalism. What could be more inspiring?

JewBelong goes digital — and hot pink — in campaign to sound alarm on antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron, Renée Roden — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Seven such billboards have been flashing at Times Square for more than a month. Beginning this week, they are going up in four other cities.

Game changer: How mahjong helped Jewish and Asian Americans overcome racism

By Menachem Wecker — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — Today, a new book on mahjong and its cultural journey in the US suggests that there is much to learn from the game’s history, particularly how to put the rising anti-Asian and anti-Jewish hatred of our time in context.

Inducting a Jew into the Hall of Fame on Rosh Hashana? What is the MLB thinking?

By Joshua Hammerman — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — What would Sandy Koufax do?

Families, rescuers hold vigil near collapsed building

By Associated Press — July 8, 2021
SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Family members and rescue workers held a vigil Wednesday night after officials announced they had given up hope of finding survivors.

How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America

By Noel Sterett — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Zoning is no bygone relic but, rather, is a tool of municipalities to discriminate against religious groups.

Chabad rabbi stabbed outside Boston Jewish day school

By Yonat Shimron — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Police arrested a suspect in the attack, which appears to bear the hallmarks of similar physical attacks on Hasidic Jews.

As Catholics mull Communion for politicians, Jews should look again at abortion issue

By Avi Shafran — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Judaism, as it happens, is overwhelmingly about responsibilities, not ‘rights.’

‘No Jew,left behind’: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar of Surfside, Florida, on his synagogue’s response

By Yonat Shimron — June 30, 2021
(RNS) — Since the collapse of the Champlain Towers South, The Shul, which Lipskar leads, has taken on a massive relief operation to help mostly Jewish families whose homes — and in many cases, lives — were turned to rubble.

For 3 weeks, clergy and immigrants fasted to pressure lawmakers for pathway to citizenship

By Alejandra Molina — June 30, 2021
(RNS) — ‘You’ve helped raise the consciousness and the awareness of the U.S. Congress,’ Rep. Joaquin Castro told fasters on Wednesday (June 30) at Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

Millions skipped church during pandemic. Will they return?

By David Sharp — June 30, 2021
WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — As the pandemic recedes in the United States and in-person services resume, worries of a deepening slide in attendance are universal.
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