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Helena synagogue building set to return to Jewish community

By Iris Samuels — November 12, 2021
A group of Jews in Helena, Montana hopes to buy back a synagogue that was built more than a century ago and sold soon after for $1.
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Gal Gadot represents. Seriously.

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Gal Gadot made me cry tears that were about 2,000 years old.

We must commemorate Jan. 6. A national fast is the best way to do so.

By Joshua Hammerman — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — Fasts have fallen from favor, but Jan. 6 deserves one. Our blemished Capitol and our sullied democracy still need that moment of cleansing and rededication.

Palestinian PM: Only two-state solution can end ‘apartheid’

By Joseph Krauss — November 10, 2021
Israel says it made generous offers to the Palestinians in past rounds of peace talks, while the Palestinians say those proposals fell short of their rights under international law.

Survey in Britain finds lack of awareness about Holocaust

By Josef Federman — November 10, 2021
The survey concluded that 52% of respondents surveyed in the U.K. did not know that 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

Reform Jewish seminary report uncovers 50 years of sexual misconduct

By Yonat Shimron — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — The report shows many of its rabbinical students said the seminary had an ‘old boys’ club’ mentality that allowed sexual harassment against women and LGBTQ students to fester.

RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

Bishops seek answers in vandalism of churches and Catholic symbols

By Alejandra Molina — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — 'Did they single out the Catholic Church, or is it simply that our symbols of religion are so visible that they make an easy target?' said Aaron M. Weldon, of the USCCB's Office of Religious Liberty.

They returned to synagogue. Now what?

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — What we do not know yet is simply this: When they can come back to live, in-person worship, will they?

Vice President Kamala Harris headlines antisemitism conference

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2021
(RNS) — This was Harris’ first appearance at an Anti-Defamation League conference after an event at George Mason University last month in which she appeared to praise a student who accused Israel of committing 'ethnic genocide.'

Jewish groups urge Senate to hold hearing on antisemitism envoy

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Biden nominated Deborah Lipstadt to the post of antisemitism envoy in July. But Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they're examining some of her past tweets.

Israeli police protect women’s prayer group from ultra-Orthodox protesters

By Michele Chabin — November 5, 2021
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Until now, Israeli security forces have done the bare minimum to enforce crowd control during the controversial prayer group’s once-a-month services in the women’s section of the Western Wall.

The Republican Jewish Coalition blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — A Jewish group invites Trump to address them. This is the definition of shanda.
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