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‘Felt like a year’: Worshipper recalls gunman’s attack on Pittsburgh synagogue

By Peter Smith — June 1, 2023
Robert Bowers, a truck driver from the Pittsburgh suburbs, could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of some of the 63 counts he faces in the Oct. 27, 2018, attack, which claimed the lives of worshippers from three congregations using the city's Tree of Life synagogue.
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Survey: Drop in Eastern European antisemitism may be due to Zelenskyy effect

By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — As arguably the world’s most famous Jew, he may also be contributing to a decline in antisemitic attitudes not only in Ukraine but also in neighboring Poland to the west and Russia to the east.

Lawyers for Pittsburgh synagogue defendant admit he carried out deadliest US antisemitic attack

By Peter Smith — May 31, 2023
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bowers’ defense acknowledged at the outset of his federal trial that he was the gunman, but hope to spare the suburban truck driver a possible death sentence over the Oct. 27, 2018, massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.

How we are giving Jewish Heritage Month the attention it deserves

By Johnnie Moore and Elan Carr — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — Most Americans would be surprised to hear that presidents have honored Jewish heritage 43 previous times.

Judaism’s rituals to honor new mothers are ever-rooted, ever-changing – from medieval embroidery and prayer to new traditions today

By Lisa Fishbayn Joffe — May 30, 2023
(The Conversation) — Recent generations of Jewish women have looked to reinvent rituals marking the most meaningful moments in their lives, especially childbirth and motherhood.

Faith at Work conference builds momentum on religious inclusion in workplace

By Adelle M. Banks — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — ‘You can integrate faith into every aspect of your workforce, but it has to be voluntary,’ one expert said.

Jewish organizations laud White House plan to fight antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — The new strategy, the first of its kind, was developed in consultation with some 1,000 federal officials, faith leaders and civil society groups and contains more than 100 recommendations.

Freedom was granted at Passover. It was defined on Shavuot.

By Avi Shafran — May 24, 2023
(RNS) — The Festival of Weeks shows that true freedom comes in endeavoring to live a 'mission-focused' life.

New asylum policies after Title 42 ‘don’t address root cause,’ say faith-based groups

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 23, 2023
(RNS) — New policies that took effect last week are exacerbating the strain on many shelters on the southern side of the United States-Mexico border.

A new documentary takes a deep dive into the ancient and modern practice of Sabbath

By Yonat Shimron — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — Martin Doblmeier's latest documentary takes viewers to various religious communities to illustrate their Sabbath practices.

Religious freedom was meant to protect not bludgeon. What happened?

By Brad Hirschfield — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — What was once a fight for presence has now become a fight for absence.

Amid post-Trump evangelicalism, Tim Keller revived my faith in the power of faith

By Jonathan Rauch — May 22, 2023
(RNS) — I don’t think he encountered openly gay, outspokenly atheistic Jews every day.

Shavuot: The Jewish holiday that became all about children

By Laura Yares — May 22, 2023
(The Conversation) — Shavuot, which was originally an ancient pilgrimage festival, has gone through many changes over the years – as has Judaism itself.
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