WASHINGTON (RNS) The Jewish community is trying to enlist the pope to intercede on behalf of Alan Gross, the Maryland Jewish man who has been in a Cuban jail for more than two years, on his upcoming trip to the island nation. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) Jewish groups are up in arms about a Mormon's decision to baptize the parents of Holocaust survivor and Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Which raises an interesting question: Why do Mormons baptize the dead? By Daniel Burke.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Lauren Winner is a jumble of contradictions: A Jew who found Jesus and recently the priesthood, an accomplished historian who rides an oversized tricycle to work -- and a memoir writer who wants to keep some details of her private life private. By Yonat Shimron.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The U.S. State Department is advising visitors to Jerusalem to dress modestly when visiting certain neighborhoods in a bid to prevent provoking local religious Jews. By Michele Chabin.
(RNS) Lauren Markoe talks with Mormon writer Joanna Brooks about why she can't vote for Mitt Romney, why Americans are weirded out by Mormonism and how her interfaith marriage will affect the afterlife.