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Reform Jews should declare themselves a different religion than bigoted forms of Ultra-Orthodoxy

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Why should non-Orthodox Jews care about the pronunciations of Israeli ultra-orthodox Rabbis who declare gays to be an inferior species, Reform Jews as...

Tight Audience-Targeting to Raise Kidney Awareness

David Tereshchuk | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

I've just produced a report for PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly broadcast, along with correspondent Lucky Severson, that examines SURVIVAL's impressive record, and includes the new, but still nascent, preparations among African-American Baptists for starting their own affinity-based donation program.

Are Women Really Inferior and Unclean?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.21.2016 | Religion
Allen Frances

We can't make it illegal for an Orthodox Jew to refuse to sit next to a woman on a plane, but we shouldn't have policies that honor his prejudice -- any more than we would provide sanctioned support for a passenger's desire not to sit next to a person who is Jewish, or black, or gay.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sect Drops Its Formal Ban On Moms Driving

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in London has backtracked on plans to ban moms from driving their kids to school, after news about the proposal sparked ...

British Jews Stunned After Ultra-Orthodox Sect Bans Female Drivers

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two prominent leaders of England’s Jewish community and a representative of the chief rabbi have joined in repudiating rab...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sect Bans Women From Driving

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

Leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in north London recently issued a statement to their community that bans women from driving. The letter, s...

This Israeli Rabbi Is Helping Ultra-Orthodox Jews Get Intimate With Kosher Vibrators

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

An Israeli rabbi is selling sex toys for ultra-Orthodox Jews in search of a little something to spice up their love lives. Natan Alexander, a 34-ye...

Sophia Jones

Israel's First Ultra-Orthodox Tech Incubator Is Grooming Future CEOs -- Or Rabbis | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

An ultra-Orthodox man works at Haredi Hi-Tech Forum in Bnei Brak, Israel. BNEI BRAK, Israel -- "3,000 years ago, the people of Israel came from Egy...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish News Website Photoshopped Kim Out Of The Photo

The Associated Press | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian — one of the world's most photographed women — from a phot...

What Harry Potter Taught Me About Antisemitism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Just like some ultra-right wing Orthodox settlers in Israel can impede progress there, so hateful clerics can shape the culture of Arab communities in Europe. The problem is not lack of jobs or social mobility. It is the hijacking of a religion, and we cannot stop it unless we name it.

'I Grew Up In America And I Wasn't Allowed To Drive'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

Frimet Goldberger grew up in Kiryas Joel, New York, an ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic community about an hour's drive northwest of New York City. An ov...

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Face Fierce Backlash For Demanding A Political Voice

Haaretz | Allison Kaplan Sommer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

The backlash against ultra-Orthodox women who are daring to demand a public voice in government didn’t come as a big surprise, but it did come swift...

What Happens After Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews Break Away From Their Religion?

New York Magazine | Alice Robb | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

The first time Lynn Davidman bit into a cheeseburger, she was worried for her life. “I was afraid some punishment by God might be imminent,” she r...

Should Jewish Girls Be Allowed To Read Torah At The Western Wall?

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) A new bus ad campaign promoting the right of girls to celebrate their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall is the latest push by the femini...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Defend Right To Ritual Chicken Slaughter

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City flocked together this week to perform Kaporos, the ritual slaughtering of chickens for Yom Kippur. ...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Cause Flight Delay By Refusing To Sit Next To Women

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

One person's requirement for religious accommodation can seem all-too-much like discrimination to another. An El Al flight from New York to Tel Avi...

Where Was God When Israel Deported African Refugees?

David Sheen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
David Sheen

While the government works to sweep asylum-seekers off its streets and decant them back into the interior of the African continent, the vast majority of Jewish religious institutions and lay leaders in Israel have not made any attempt to aid the Africans.

Jerusalem's Ultra-Orthodox Jews Unhappy About New Artificial Beach

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The creation of a temporary artificial beach in Jerusalem — a landlocked city located atop a mountain — has outraged many ultra-Or...

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Ultra-Orthodox -- Every Religion's Got 'Em

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm caught up in how religions around the world are stoking turmoil, even though the teachings of those religions say "love your neighbor," and all of...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Protesters Smash Bus Windows

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters attacked three buses in Beit Shemesh, a city 30 miles west of Jerusalem, in response to the arrest of a couple who re...

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Dealt Major Blow

Reuters | Jeffrey Heller | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, July 7 (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from ...

PHOTOS: NYC Orthodox Community Protests Israeli Bill

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York

Tens of thousands of members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities Sunday flooded lower Manhattan's Foley Square to protest Israeli legislation that th...

Religion Pits Jew vs Jew In Polarized Israel

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

By Crispian Balmer and Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, June 6 (Reuters) - A small rock lies on the desk of Dov Lipman. It was hurled at the m...

Hoping For Religious Pluralism In Israel

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I don't know what is going to happen at the Western Wall in the future, but the times they are certainly a-changing.