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With AIPAC funding primary campaigns, young Jewish progressives move further left

By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young Jews are rejecting establishment-backed Democratic candidates supported by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group that supports pro-Israel candidates in both parties.
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Russia is censured for religious freedom violations against Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Kathryn Post — February 23, 2022
(RNS) — Europe's highest human rights court found the country has violated Jehovah’s Witnesses' rights to liberty and freedom of religion.

HIAS pushes for bill to make Afghans eligible for permanent residency

By Yonat Shimron — February 7, 2022
(RNS) — The resettlement agency is calling on Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act to allow some 36,000 Afghans living in the U.S. under humanitarian parole to apply for permanent residency.

US Jewish movements ‘outraged’ by Israeli PM’s decision to quash Western Wall deal

By Yonat Shimron — January 31, 2022
(RNS) — The prime minister said members of his right-wing Yamina Party opposed the plan, which would expand the current mixed-gender section of the Western Wall and create a joint management committee with leaders of the Conservative and Reform movements.

Tennessee school board bans acclaimed Holocaust graphic novel, ‘Maus’

By Yonat Shimron — January 27, 2022
(RNS) — The move comes as school boards in politically conservative districts across the nation are reexamining their curriculums.

Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

By Yonat Shimron — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support.

Texas rabbi urges Americans to view each other in God’s image

By Yonat Shimron — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who survived a hostage-taking at his synagogue last Saturday, gave the closing remarks at an online White House briefing Friday, with an impassioned plea for civility.

The Trumpist Reformation is upon us

By Mark Silk — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — If you want to understand post-Trump politics, look to Martin Luther.

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

By Yonat Shimron and Michele Chabin — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Birthright Israel delegations and similar Jewish travel programs were exempted from a travel ban that has canceled Christian trips to Israel at Christmas.

Biden administration slaps sanctions on China over Uyghur Muslim persecution

By Yonat Shimron — December 16, 2021
(RNS) — The new sanctions will bar Chinese companies from trading or exchanging biotechnology or surveillance products with the United States.

After Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic standup, here’s the apology that was missing

By Mark Silk — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Boebert refused Ilhan Omar’s request to apologize to her publicly.

Portland’s season of unrest rekindled after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

By Grant Stringer — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — This time, national and local faith leaders have organized largely peaceful protests.

Iraqi baby buried as death toll in EU-Belarus crisis grows

By Vanessa Gera — November 24, 2021
Poland has ordered a state of emergency along its border to stop migrants from coming through, and to keep family — or smugglers — from approaching the border to facilitate their travel further west.
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