Yonat Shimron, Religion NewsService

Yonat Shimron

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Durham, NC, United States

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Past articles by Yonat:

A US rabbi bears witness to the trauma in Ukraine one year after Russian invasion

(RNS) — Rabbi Charles Feinberg joined an interfaith delegation that traveled to Kyiv and its surroundings where they saw leveled buildings, displaced people's centers and evidence of human rights abuses and atrocities. → Read More

Trailblazing Episcopal priest Pauli Murray to be featured on US quarters

(RNS) — The civil rights lawyer, activist, writer and priest was also gender nonconforming. → Read More

Poll: A minority of American Jews continues to feel threatened by antisemitism

(RNS) — Most American Jews feel safe in their places of worship and at work. But 41% said they feel less secure in the United States from a year ago, a new AJC poll finds. → Read More

His popular blog debunks Christian myths. With the profits, he does the Christian thing.

(RNS) — Bart Ehrman is known for challenging established Christian teachings. But there’s a part of him that still honors his abandoned Christian faith and what he sees as its moral obligations, such as giving to charity. → Read More

Samaritan's Purse sends 52-bed field hospital to Antakya, Turkey

(RNS) — The organization, run by founder and president the Rev. Franklin Graham, said it will also send more than 100 medical and technical staff to the ravaged region. → Read More

Outrage over far-right Israeli government has American Jewish leaders stewing

(RNS) — One New York rabbi has forsworn the Prayer for the State of Israel in the Saturday liturgy. Many others have protested through letters and petitions. → Read More

New technology allows Holocaust survivors to tell their stories for all time

(RNS) — The technology is providing a way for future generations to interact with a hologram-style likenesses of Holocaust survivors. → Read More

How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism

(RNS) — Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi's new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed. → Read More

Study: US clergy favor medical treatment for depression

(RNS) — The study reports that 90% of clergy respondents said they would encourage someone with depressive symptoms to see a mental health professional. → Read More

South Carolina's largest UMC church set to leave denomination

(RNS) — Mt. Horeb is one of several large churches in the United Methodist Church that have either voted to leave or are about to. → Read More

Haredi Jewish organization lashes back at New York Times over reporting on schools

(RNS) — Agudath Israel accuses the newspaper’s investigation of yeshiva schools with threatening Haredi Jews’ safety and way of life at a time when antisemitism is rising. → Read More

Hundreds of US rabbis protest new Israeli government in public letter

(RNS) — Leaders of several religious nationalist parties will be part of the most hard-right administration in Israel’s history, one US rabbis say endangers Jewish values. → Read More

With the Afghan Adjustment Act on life support, refugee agencies pray for a miracle

(RNS) — Unless a floor amendment gains traction in Congress, some 76,000 Afghans who were airlifted out of Afghanistan before the U.S. withdrawal may lose their legal status in 2023. → Read More

Giant menorahs, helicopters, candy cannons announce the arrival of Hanukkah

(RNS) — In the face of growing antisemitism, many Jews are taking to the streets and making the eight-day Festival of Lights very public and very flashy. → Read More

Poll: Politics drives religious Americans' views on the environment

(RNS) — Religious people who lean Republican are less inclined to be concerned about global warming than people of the same religion who identify or lean to the Democratic Party. → Read More

Chabad rabbis celebrate growth at 6,000+ conference in Crown Heights

(RNS) — The five-day event includes workshops on how its emissaries can be more useful — whether on college campuses, in day schools, teaching adult education or in other forms of outreach. → Read More

Eastern University on hold from CCCU after dropping ban on LGBTQ faculty

(RNS) — The school has amended its policies to allow for the hiring of LGBTQ faculty and to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination statement. → Read More

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave. → Read More

A new Billy Graham archive opens on the late evangelist's birthday

(RNS) — The two-story building, constructed with the latest preservation standards and environmental controls, cost $13 million and sits across the road from the Billy Graham Library. → Read More

Calvin University board votes to keep faculty who disagree with stand on sex

(RNS) — Many professors at the 146-year-old school no longer hold that sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful. The university gave them permission to dissent on that issue. → Read More