Michele Chabin | Religion News Service

Stories by Michele Chabin | Religion News Service
Israeli government offers free abortions to women aged 20 to 33

The 2014 “health basket” of medical services and medications approved by Israel’s cabinet will cover some 6,300 abortions.

At Christmas, a rare collaboration to restore an ancient church

A 21st century Bethlehem miracle? This year, the three churches that share responsibility for the Church of the Nativity came together for an act of restoration.

Jewish feminists say they’d accept Western Wall prayer compromise

JERUSALEM — In a stunning reversal, a feminist Jewish prayer group said it will consider a government proposal to allow … Continued

Feminists call temporary Western Wall prayer platform called a ‘sundeck’

JERUSALEM — One week after unveiling an expanded prayer platform near the Western Wall, Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs reached … Continued

Beauty and pain take center stage in Holocaust pageant

HAIFA, Israel — The 18 beauty pageant finalists on stage at Haifa’s basketball stadium wear lovely gowns, their jewelry glitters, … Continued

Prominent American Jews embrace Kerry peace talks

NEW YORK — More than 100 prominent Jewish Americans with varying religious and political viewpoints have thrown their support behind … Continued

Thousands of athletes to compete in “Jewish Olympics”

JERUSALEM — More than 1,100 American Jewish athletes will be competing in the Maccabiah Games, known as the “Jewish Olympics” … Continued

Jewish federations support egalitarian space at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday (June 3) that its trustees had passed a resolution in … Continued

Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release

JERUSALEM — Religious leaders from around the world have stepped up their pleas for the safe return of two Syrian … Continued

Jerusalem court upholds women’s prayer rights at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Women who want to wear prayer shawls while praying in the women’s section of the Western Wall are … Continued