BRONX, N.Y. (RNS) “There was a time when it was fun. I enjoyed mixing it up,” said Rabbi Avi Weiss. “But it got to a point where it was not fun at all.”
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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Abraham Skorka’s wait-and-see reaction was notably more muted than that of the crowds in Argentina, who immediately implicated the government in the purported suicide of a Jewish prosecutor.
(RNS) The Interfaith Alliance, a staunch voice for the separation of church and state, appoints its first non-Christian leader: Rabbi Jack Moline.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Proselytizing isn’t part of Jewish DNA. But alumni say that synagogue-sponsored mission trips provide a hands-on way for Jews to fulfill the obligation of “tikkun olam,” Hebrew for “heal the world.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Our town treats church signs differently than other types of signs,” said Pastor Clyde Reed of Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Ariz.
(RNS) Reform Jews already allow their rabbis to preside at weddings between Jews and non-Jews. Is the Conservative movement next?
Given Pope Francis’ tongue-lashing of the curia, we can only imagine what he has in store for climate change deniers. After a year, atheism sticks. And Father Divine is dead, but his religion lives on in a mansion outside Philadelphia.
(RNS) “Anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem, and it certainly is not going to get solved without awakening the non-Jewish world to deal with it,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper.
(RNS) A broad coalition of American Jews is mobilizing to lobby against the Orthodox religious establishment in Israel.