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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime And Police Morale

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:55:00 -0500

The new AG held his first on-record briefing as head of the Justice Department on Monday. He said he's "not a fan" of legalized marijuana use, and threats against Jewish centers are unacceptable.



Philadelphia Cemetery Vandalized In Wave Of Anti-Semitic Attacks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:37:00 -0500

Jewish cemeteries in Pennsylvania and Missouri have been hit by vandalism in recent weeks, but it's unclear if the attacks are the work of a few individuals or part of a larger problem.



Bomb Threats Made Against Jewish Community Centers In 11 States

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:28:00 -0500

"My instincts tell me this is all part of a coordinated effort," an Ann Arbor police detective tells Michigan Public Radio, discussing threats made in the city.



Decades Later, Translation Of Jewish Text Will Open Zohar's Gates To English Speakers

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:19:00 -0500

The translation of a rare Jewish text is almost done, thanks to Berkeley scholar Daniel Matt. This May, publishers will release the final volume of the authoritative English translation of the Zohar.



Black Muslims Face Double Jeopardy, Anxiety In The Heartland

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:01:13 -0500

The intersection of these two identities has become more acute thanks to Black Lives Matter and protests against the Trump administration's executive order on immigration.



In Eastern Virginia, Mixed Feelings on Trump's Trans Restroom Guidance

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:51:00 -0500

Gloucester County, Va., is embroiled in a battle over transgender restrooms. The case of one of its high school students is slated to be argued before the Supreme Court next month.



After Criticism, Trump Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitic Violence

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:30:00 -0500

President Trump said Tuesday anti-Semitic violence is "horrible" and more work needs to be done to root out bigotry. His comments came after criticism that he hasn't spoken out against anti-Semitism.



Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Missouri

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:30:00 -0500

The Jewish community in St. Louis is trying to understand what's behind a massive act of vandalism at one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the state of Missouri. Vandals toppled more than 170 gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery sometime over the weekend.



Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:07:00 -0500

For the fourth time in two months, multiple centers received threats in one day. Headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri have also been vandalized. President Trump called the threats "horrible."



Episcopal Church Sues Trump Administration Over Travel Ban

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A church in Washington state is suing the federal government for preventing it from practicing its faith. The Episcopal diocese says the refugee ban stops them from welcoming strangers in need.



Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:51:00 -0500

When it comes to education, not all religions are created equal. Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest rate of formal education. And that can have a detrimental effect on those who leave the religion.



In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:24:00 -0500

At a rally in New York City on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims and to speak out against President Trump's immigration ban.



Massachusetts Hotline Tracks Post-Election Hate

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:47:00 -0500

More than 250 "substantive reports" of harassment and hate incidents have flooded in since November. Although perpetrators are hard to identify, the hotline also serves to provide support to victims.



Sanctuary Churches Brace For Clash With Trump Administration

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:09:00 -0500

Churches across the country are preparing to offer shelter and protection to immigrants in the country illegally. That sets up a conflict between Trump's policies on immigration and religious freedom.



In France, Some Muslims Seek To 'Adapt' Islam To Secular Culture

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:57:00 -0500

Many French Muslims believe it's time to create a uniquely French brand of Islam that is compatible with the country's secular values and responds better to the needs of modern Muslims.