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Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron is a reporter for the Religion News Service.

Parties canceled. Celebrations toned down. Hanukkah won’t be the same this year.

Hanukkah, a joyous Jewish holiday, which in the United States has often tried to rival Christmas in buoyancy if not glamour, will not be the same this year. With the Israeli military in the midst of a destructive showdown in its war with Hamas, few are in the mood to celebrate the holiday that begins at sundown Thursday.

Protests Suggest Split Among US Jews on War, but Support for Israel is High

Younger Jews are less supportive of US policies toward Israel, but a majority still support Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war.

Survey: Mainline Clergy Are More Liberal than Their Congregants

A new survey of mainline clergy finds those leading the historic denominations that once shaped the American Protestant scene are far more liberal than their congregants on a host of political and social issues.

Atheist and Agnostic Fired for not Attending Company Prayers Win $50K in Suit

A North Carolina home repair company that advertises as “Grandmother Approved” has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two employees who were fired for refusing to participate in daily Christian prayers.

Whitworth University’s new hiring policy will allow LGBTQ faculty

The school in Spokane, Washington, joins a sliver of Christian colleges and universities that have bucked a largely sturdy resistance to hiring married gay faculty.

Poll: Most Religious Americans Believe There Are Only Two Genders

A Public Religion Research Institute survey of 5,438 Americans shows an increase over the past two years in the belief that there are only two gender identities — man and woman — among several religious groups.

Trailblazing Episcopal priest Pauli Murray to be featured on US quarters

The first Black woman to be ordained in the Episcopal Church, who was also a trailblazing lawyer, civil rights activist and writer, will be honored on the U.S. quarter next year.

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