In recent weeks, groups within Conservative Judaism—the second-largest movement of American Jews—debated their own rules discouraging interfaith dating and marriage.
A prominent Conservative rabbi asked his Massachusetts congregation to consider allowing him to preside at weddings between Jews and non-Jews as long as the couples were committed to raising Jewish children.
(RNS) Hoping to draw more attention to the global problem of attacks against Jews and Judaism, the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday (December 29) released its list of the top 10 worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents of 2014.
(RNS) A broad coalition of American Jews last month formed the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition—or J-REC—to pressure Israel to diminish the role of Orthodox rabbis who control so much of Jewish life in Israel.
(RNS) In the West, the idea that religion is inherently violent is taken for granted by everyone from academics to cab drivers, says British religion scholar Karen Armstrong, the former Roman Catholic nun who wrote the best-selling “A History of God.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Jonathan Greenblatt, a special assistant to President Obama, will succeed Abraham Foxman as head of the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s best-known organization founded to combat the hatred of Jews and Judaism.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A small band of Jews and Muslims marched through one of the city’s busiest squares Tuesday (October 14) shouting “Spread Hummus! Not Hate!” and trying to draw the attention of an otherwise blase group of workers lined up at food trucks.
WASHINGTON (RNS) If you are a Christian who doesn’t smoke, abstains from sex outside your heterosexual marriage and can get your priest to vouch that you go to church at least three times a month, you may qualify for a new Catholic alternative to health insurance.
A recent gathering shows how Middle Eastern Christians can put aside their disagreements and take up the cause of their beleaguered sisters and brothers, said Andrew Doran, executive director of In Defense of Christians.
WASHINGTON (RNS) After the U.S. Army rescued a trove of Jewish artifacts from the basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters, many American descendants of Iraq’s once vibrant Jewish community had an urgent question.
Is the U.S. going to return these artifacts to war-torn Iraq?
(RNS) In 1920, a young Jewish man with a keen eye fled anti-Semitism in his native Russia, arrived in Berlin and began snapping pictures. Roman Vishniac would go on to become one of the 20th century’s great photographers.
(RNS) Concerned for the safety of U.S. citizens soon headed to Mecca, 27 Muslim-American groups are asking the State Department to better protect them from violence that has plagued those who have made the pilgrimage in the past.