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Boy Scouts of America Sees 6 Percent Decline in Membership; Stands Firm on Banning Openly Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America held its national annual meeting in Nashville last week, one year after announcing the inclusion of openly-gay members, and despite a decline in membership over the past 10 years, the organization says it continues to serve nearly 2.5 million youth.

21-Y-O College Student Executed ‘Perfect Christian’ Parents and Teen Sister in Bloody Murder-Suicide, Say Police

A “perfect Christian” family found dead in their upscale Mission Viejo, California, home Tuesday was murdered by their 21-year-old son in a bloody Memorial Day murder-suicide, say police.

Sudan: Woman Sentenced to Death

Wife of U.S. Citizen to Be Hanged for Apostasy The birth of a healthy baby girl is usually a joyous occasion. But when Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to her daughter, Maya, on Tuesday, May 27, it triggered a two-year countdown to her execution. On May 15, the 27-year-old Sudanese doctor was sentenced to death for […]

Messages of Encouragement for Chibok Parents

Open Doors (OD) recently visited parents of some of the approximately 200 Chibok girls who remain missing six weeks after their abduction by Boko Haram in mid-April. The visit was intended to encourag

More Church Closures in Indonesia

Urgent prayer is needed in light of an alarming number of recent incidents against churches in Indonesia. This month, a Catholic church in west Sumatra was set on fire by unknown people. Thankfully, t

Ugandan and Kenyan Churches Warned of Al Shabab Threats

Authorities in Uganda and Kenya have increased the vigilance of their security forces in response to warnings from Western countries that Al Shabab is planning to attack churches in Uganda.The U.S. em

Democratic Elections in the Middle East

Last week’s Egyptian presidential election turned into a nationalist celebration with voters singing and dancing at several polling stations. But the voting also illustrated the nation’s bitter divisi

05 29 Newsflashes from the Persecuted Church

Open Doors USA: Kristin Wright Named Advocacy Director Open Doors USA announced today that Kristin Wright has been named Director of Advocacy. “Kristin Wright will do a great job in coordinating

From the Archive: Yeshiva U. and the medical school Einstein welcomed

One of the buildings on the Bronx campus of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. (Wikimedia Commons)   This week Yeshiva University announced that while it will remain the degree-granting institution with a “key role in the educational aspects of the entity,” it is handing over operational control of its Albert Einstein College of Medicine to […]

Dutch city calls Jerusalem, Nazareth ‘cities in Palestine’

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch municipality is facing criticism for describing Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tiberias as “cities in Palestine.” Likkud Netherlands, a local association, published on its website Friday an article which carried a screen capture photo from Google Street View of the street sign of Tiberias Path in the city of Eindhoven with the […]

By Choosing Christ, Her Children Will Be Orphans

Daniel Wani holds his newborn daughter for the first time. MailOnline News “It’s a baby girl!” Maya, the second child of Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani was born earlier this week in a prison clinic, where her mother awaits execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Maya and her 20-month-old brother, Martin, will remain in prison […]

Elsewhere: Unhappy Jerusalem Day, Israeli gun control, Hong Kong bar mitzvah

Anti-Semitism not a U.S. threat: American Jews, unlike their kin in Europe and elsewhere, do not have to worry about anti-Semitism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie writes. (Time) Unhappy Jerusalem Day: Leanne Gale describes an ugly scene as flag-waving marchers pass through Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter. (Forward) Israeli gun control tips: Contrary to popular belief, Israel has some […]

A decade later, Mass. Jews look back at legacy of same-sex marriage first

Leah Finch, left, and her partner, Adrien Hornby, receive a round of applause from students from the Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School of the Pioneer Valley after applying for a marriage license on May 17, 2004 in Northampton, Mass. (Angela Jimenez/Getty Images) BOSTON (JTA) — Ten years ago, shortly after midnight on May 17, 2004, […]

Tell Sudan to “Set Meriam Free,” Sign #ForMeriam!

Meriam, a mother of two and wife to an American citizen, was sentenced to 100 lashes and death on charges of adultery and apostasy on May 15th. ICC released a petition calling on the government of Sudan to immediately and unconditionally release Meriam and her children. Will you sign and share this petition #ForMeriam today? […]

Op-Ed: Presbyterians, BDS and Israel — here we go again

Members of the First Presbyterian Church in Warren, Ohio, attend a Sunday service in 2012. (John Moore/Getty Images) NEW YORK (JTA) — In the charming movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray’s character repeatedly relives the same day until learning from the repetition transforms him from lout to worthy wooer of his colleague, played by Andie MacDowell. […]

This Week in Jewish Farming: The suburban homestead

A week ago, I moved into an apartment on the second floor of a two-family house on a tree-lined street opposite an elementary school. Thus ended nearly three months of crashing with my family, months in which I spent many a night on a trundle bed in the basement, fished my clothes out of an […]

Crimean Jewish group says Ukrainian bank account emptied

Simferopol Reform Synagogue Ner Tamid, in Crimea, was vandalized soon after Russia invaded the area; the group’s Ukrainian bank account was recently emptied. (Courtesy Simerofol Reform Synagogue Ner Tamid) (JTA) — A Jewish organization from Crimea said its Ukrainian bank account had been emptied of funds following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The disappearance of […]

A Jewish retreat about Jewish retreats

Moishe House residents and staff at a national retreat in Austin in 2012. (Courtesy Moishe House) This weekend in a meta sort of twist 49 young Jews will gather in suburban Boston for a retreat about Jewish retreats. The gathering’s sponsors — Moishe House and Schusterman Connection Points, a program of the Charles and Lynn […]

Shin Bet: Hamas senior official admits funding Temple Mount riots

(JTA) — A senior Hamas operative said that the group is paying young Arabs to harass Jews at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s domestic security service announced. Hamas operative Mahmoud Toameh, 63, made the claim in interrogations by the Shin Bet security services after his arrest on May 14, Shin Bet wrote in a […]

Kerry: Israel’s reaction to Fatah-Hamas talks ‘appropriate’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel’s wait-and-see approach to Fatah-Hamas unity talks was “appropriate.” He made the remarks in an interview Thursday night on PBS, adding that he was “disappointed that the [peace] process, what is in place, that that didn’t produce the next step.” Asked about the negotiations on […]

Lawyers make case for giving Iraqi Jews Holocaust benefits

Advocates claim that Nazi Germany was behind the Farhud, a pogrom against Iraq’s Jews, which took place on Shavuot eve in 1941.

Investigation into Ashkenazi reveals an ugly mix of army and politics

The investigation into Ashkenazi is a multi-casualty incident that continues to eat away at the defense establishment.

Israel's desalination program averts future water crises

Through desalination, Israel has created the possibility of transforming the region in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago.

State Dept. confirms U.S. citizen carried out Syria suicide blast

The bomber killed himself in a May 25 attack in Idlib province with Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front.

Fiction / My voice falls silent to the beating of my heart

A short story about losing your voice and finding love.

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