(RNS) A controversial new survey of Conservative rabbis shows that nearly four in ten (38 percent) would officiate at the marriage of a Jewish person to someone of another tradition—if the Conservative movement lifted its prohibition on these unions.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday (October 14) released his department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2014, and called terror groups the world’s greatest threat to religious freedom.
(RNS) The rabbinical college of the Reconstructionist stream of Judaism has revoked its “non-Jewish partner” policy, becoming the first major Jewish movement to welcome seminary students who are in committed relationships with non-Jews.
(RNS) President Obama told the editor of an influential Jewish publication that “there’s not a smidgen of evidence” that he is anti-Semitic, a charge some critics have leveled as the president defends the Iran nuclear deal.
(RNS) Rebuffing a campaign among Jewish organizations to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, 340 rabbis sent a letter to Congress Monday (August 17) supporting the agreement and rejecting the notion that most American Jews oppose it.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sign at the entrance to the exhibit warns of the shocking nature of the images beyond—photos smuggled out of Syria that show emaciated and grotesquely mutilated victims of dictator Bashar Assad’s prisons and torture chambers.
While the United Church of Christ passed a resolution for divestment from companies working in Israel’s occupied territory at its General Synod in June, a similar measure failed at the Episcopal Church convention.
(RNS) The nearly 1 million-member United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and to boycott products of Israeli companies based in the West Bank, a move that follows a divestment vote taken by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) last spring.
(RNS) A tiny Arizona church that has no permanent home prevailed at the Supreme Court on Thursday (June 18) when the justices ruled that the Town of Gilbert must scrap strict rules on temporary signs pointing worshippers to the church’s services.
(RNS) A group of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders is meeting just steps from the White House today (June 4) to call on the Obama administration to help pregnant women and girls who do not want to give birth to the offspring of their terrorist attackers.
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (RNS) The night she miscarried in 1968, Dorothy Caruso remembers remaining calm, as if she was watching someone else losing a much-wanted pregnancy. The baby was about three months along; she’d already bought a white baby sweater and a set of blocks.
(RNS) At a synagogue in Charleston, South Carolina, more than 20 years ago, teenager Rachel Nussbaum began wrapping tefillin—two black boxes attached to leather straps that Jewish men wear as they pray.