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Germany: Over 2,700 antisemitic incidents reported in 2021

By Associated Press — June 28, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The German government's commissioner to combat antisemitism, Felix Klein, called the number of incidents — more than seven per day — frightening.
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A study of Jewish LA finds a growing and diverse community

By Alejandra Molina — June 27, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'What happens here, and is cutting edge here, will lead the cultural evolution of Jewish life across the country,' said Noah Farkas, chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

By Luis Andres Henao — June 27, 2022
(AP) — 'I want to show that these identities aren’t a contradiction and for younger people to know that there’s hope,' said Hodak, who in addition to Beloved Arise belongs to another group, Jewish Queer Youth.

After Roe’s demise, clergy lead faithful in praise, laments

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — June 27, 2022
(AP) — Views on abortions are not just polarizing within denominations; the divisions span the religious landscape.

Florida judge hears arguments on state’s new abortion law

By Anthony Izaguirre — June 27, 2022
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is among those seeking a temporary emergency injunction to stop the law. A Florida synagogue also sued.

As Roe falls, religious abortion-rights advocates prepare for next steps

By Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'We vow to keep fighting,' said Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. 'This is not the end. There are things that we can do.'

Dobbs decision and fall of Roe met with rejoicing, dismay from faith groups

By Bob Smietana — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — Religious groups, like most Americans, are divided over the decision. While most Americans say abortion should be legal, many would support restrictions.

Answering the refugee crisis as a matter of faith

By Waseem Ahmad, Anne Burghardt, and Mark Hetfield — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Faith groups are usually the first responders when people are displaced, and the last.

Spirituality and service play essential and understudied roles in mental health

By Daniel Bergner — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — Given the walls biomedical psychiatry has run into, it’s time to pay attention to the connections experts are drawing among spirituality, service and mental health. 

Why LGBTQ pride is a Jewish issue

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 20, 2022
(RNS) — The intersectionality of Jews and gays has a particular power and poignancy.

A pioneering Shabbat service marks a new way to observe Jewish Juneteenth

By Yonat Shimron — June 19, 2022
(RNS) —The Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat was the first Jewish service organized and led by Jews of color to mark the annual celebration of freedom that is now a federal holiday.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’

A humanitarian is wrongly convicted of helping besieged Palestinians in Gaza

By Daoud Kuttab — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — The case against El Halabi has dealt a blow to the Israeli justice system.
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