JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s cabinet Sunday nixed the establishment of local conversion courts, which would have provided prospective converts with an alternative to the ultra-strict courts of the Chief Rabbinate.
Israeli rights activists say the decision is a blow to religious freedom.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Students at 16 Israeli high schools are completing a yearlong pilot program developed by the Washington-based Museum of the Bible, funded by the billionaire Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Conservative Jews in the U.S. and Israel have accused Israeli President Reuven Rivlin of canceling a bar mitzvah ceremony at the official president’s residence because one of the rabbis scheduled to conduct the ceremony is non-Orthodox.
JERUSALEM (RNS) A U.S.-born Israeli soldier who brought a ham sandwich to his army base was initially sentenced to 11 days in a military prison before a media frenzy prompted the Israel Defense Forces to drop all disciplinary measures.
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll Monday after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Western Wall’s men’s section.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has backed down on its long-standing prohibition against placing Christmas trees in the country’s hotels, as well as other rules related to the Jewish Sabbath and holidays.
WILCZA, Poland (RNS) On January 22, 1945, a woman from this small village in southern Poland was riding her bike when she saw a sickly looking man and his son dressed in flimsy striped uniforms approaching cautiously from the nearby forest.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Shortly after the Nazi invasion of what was then Hungary in May 1944, Renee Ganz’s family and most of the 25,000 Jews in the city of Oradea were forced into cattle cars and transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Thousands of Israelis attended the joint funeral for four Jewish men killed January 9 by an Islamic extremist at a kosher supermarket in Paris as part of a hostage standoff after the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
JERUSALEM (RNS) On Friday (October 3), when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year.
JERUSALEM (RNS) An ancient synagogue mosaic depicting nonbiblical themes—including elephants—has been removed for safekeeping, according to the lead archaeologist who discovered the three-part floor panel earlier this summer.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, Jewish religious and nationalist groups plan to demonstrate Thursday (May 22) to demand that the Israeli government not cede sovereignty or control of the Cenacle, traditionally considered the site of Jesus’ Last Supper.
HEBRON HILLS, West Bank (RNS) Preparing his jeep for the short drive into the West Bank city of Hebron, where tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers often flare, Nabeel Sabbagh looked like every other Israeli Border Policeman serving this hilltop base.
Much of Jerusalem was paralyzed March 2 by a demonstration by hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews against a bill that would require many of them to serve in the military. The main road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was closed, and offices and schools closed early.