(RNS) The issue is fraught within Judaism, as more than half of all American Jews marry outside their religion, and the community worries that its small numbers — about 2 percent of the U.S. population — may further dwindle.
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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) The resolution reflects a larger societal shift away from the practice, though it does not reverse the earlier support for the death penalty.
(RNS) “I am not even sure I believed it initially,” said Jeffrey A. Miller, describing the moment he figured out he had seen draft pages from the most widely read work in all of English, including Shakespeare.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nonstate actors, said Secretary of State John Kerry, are “the principal persecutors and preventers of religious tolerance and practice.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Kesher’s congregation has grieved for a year — not for jailed Rabbi Barry Freundel, but for a trust shockingly broken.
(RNS) Muslim leaders are reviewing safety procedures with congregants and, in some cases, organizing counterevents in preparation for a weekend of protests planned by groups known for their anti-Muslim views.
(RNS) It’s another “first” for the little-known but influential movement known as Reconstructionist Judaism.
(RNS) Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Booths, began this year at sundown Sunday (Sept. 27). What is this holiday that makes Jews eat their meals al fresco? Let us ‘Splain …