Photos of the Week
(RNS) — This week’s gallery includes a shooting in a Jewish community in New Jersey, an annual procession in honor of the Virgin Mary near Los Angeles, and more.
‘You’ve got to call out evil,’ says pastor of church with Nativity scene separated in cages
CLAREMONT, Calif. (RNS) — Claremont United Methodist Church is taking security measures after its Nativity scene showing Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages has garnered widespread attention.
Who are Black Hebrew Israelites?
(RNS) — On Tuesday (Dec. 10), two men opened fire on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, ultimately leaving four dead and three wounded in the shooting spree. One of the shooters had ties with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which includes organizations labeled as hate groups, in part due to some members voicing anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Reform Jews call for reparations for slavery
(RNS) — The resolution is the first such effort on the part of an American Jewish organization but has precedent among some Protestant groups.