In a landmark decision, the Masorti Movement, the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism, announced that its rabbinical school will begin to accept gay and lesbian candidates for ordination. Board members of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem voted April 19 to enroll gay and lesbian students starting in September.
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JERUSALEM (RNS) The U.S. State Department is advising visitors to Jerusalem to dress modestly when visiting certain neighborhoods, or to avoid the areas entirely, in hopes of not provoking local sensitivities.
The State Department guidance did not specify which neighborhoods are considered problematic, or what, exactly, constitutes "modest" attire.
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JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli lawmaker succumbed to public pressure and scrapped legislation that would have given religious officials a say in how the country's electricity is produced and distributed.
Israel's chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who
have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
The rabbis made a solidarity visit to the Israeli Arab village of
Tuba-Zangariyye, near Galilee, on October 3, soon after vandals torched
JERUSALEM (RNS) Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls that have been stored for
decades in a climate-controlled exhibit at the Israel Museum in
Jerusalem are now available in digital form to anyone with an Internet
Vera Kreidlin boarded an empty No. 56 bus for the 25-minute ride from
a religious neighborhood in the heart of the city to Ramat Shlomo, an
ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave in East Jerusalem. Dressed in a cotton
shirt and jeans on a sweltering July day, Kreidlin opted for a seat near
the front, three rows behind the driver.
It would have been enough to make Rosa Parks proud.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any
non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly code-share flights
from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line's new partnership
with Saudi Arabian Airlines that is set to begin in 2012.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Though never short on spectacle, this year's
annual gay pride festival was even more colorful with a parade float,
sponsored by Google, representing the country's religious gay and
JERUSALEM (RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn has
apologized to the White House and State Department after the paper
deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House
photograph of top officials monitoring the raid that killed Osama bin
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to
ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays as observant Jews prepare for
the Sabbath and Muslims ritually wash themselves before weekly prayers.
JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking
a central role in rebuilding the Carmel region in northern Israel after
a deadly fire decimated large swaths of the Carmel forest and left many
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, is
actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report published
Monday (Nov. 22) by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Information.
Israel, like the United States, is a largely secular society with
deep religious roots. And Israel, like the U.S., is home to vocal
religious conservatives who frown on homosexuality. But Israel, unlike
the U.S., has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military
for 17 years. In fact, they are required to do so.
At the Alumot Dam on the edge of Kibbutz Deganya, a cooperative community located a couple of miles south of the Sea of Galilee, you can smell the Jordan River long before you see it. Once you are there, two Jordan rivers come into view.