Michele Chabin | Religion News Service




Stories by Michele Chabin | Religion News Service

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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.

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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

Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall

JERUSALEM — The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday (April 4) … Continued

Just in time for Passover, Israel braces for locust invasion

JERUSALEM — With Passover just three weeks away, the timing of a massive infestation of locusts in Egypt is striking … Continued

New York City sues Orthodox shops over dress codes

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is suing ultra-Orthodox Jewish business owners in Brooklyn because they posted signs … Continued

Jews rally around woman arrested for praying at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration … Continued

Olympics ceremony won’t include moment for murdered Israelis

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused … Continued

Foremost rabbinic authority in the world dies at 102

JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv, considered by many the foremost rabbinic authority in the Jewish world, died in Jerusalem on … Continued

Israel agrees to recognize non-Orthodox rabbis

JERUSALEM — When activist Anat Hoffman learned that the Israeli government had agreed to pay a state-funded salary to several … Continued

Israeli artifacts support Solomon’s Temple, archaeologists say

JERUSALEM — Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts dating back to the time of the biblical King David that … Continued

Israel’s Conservative movement OKs gay and lesbian rabbis

JERUSALEM — In a landmark decision, the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism announced that its rabbinical school will begin to … Continued

Israel’s Conservative movement OKs gay and lesbian rabbis

JERUSALEM — In a landmark decision, the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism announced that its rabbinical school will begin to … Continued