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.”
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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) “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.
After Pope Francis’ stunning rebuke of the Vatican bureaucracy, the curia may down an extra eggnog today. One of the cops murdered in Brooklyn this weekend thought he might want to serve the NYPD in a more spiritual way. And Snaketivity at the Michigan Capitol.
(RNS) We asked Muslim parents about talking to children about Tuesday’s massacre of students in Peshawar.
The Vatican releases its report on U.S. nuns. The Taliban kill more than 100 Pakistani school children. And tonight is the first night of Hanukkah.