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In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 photo, Jewish Orthodox women attend an event celebrating the completion of the 7 1/2-year cycle of daily study of the Talmud, in Jerusalem. This week, Jews around the world celebrated the end of the cycle of study of the Talmud, with assemblies from Jerusalem to London to New York. Most of the celebrations were overwhelmingly male affairs. But in Jerusalem, over 3,000 people joined an event that was overwhelmingly female to recognize the dozens of women who completed the lengthy study process. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

Jan. 7, 2020 10:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community. Over the past week, Jews around the world have celebrated the end of a 7...

Student Abdulrahman Alshehri speaks to the Associated Press using American Sign Language at Gallaudet University in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.   Driven by different spiritual traditions, students and faculty alike participate in forms of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism that cater to the non-hearing, complete with worship services and even activism rooted in the dual experiences of being deaf and a person of faith.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

At Gallaudet University, deaf culture and faith mix

Dec. 28, 2019 3:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (RNS) — When a student stood to read from the Bible during a Catholic service at Gallaudet University earlier this year, she conveyed the sacred words in a language the group would understand: American Sign Language. The psalm — often chanted or sung — was signed as well. And when...

In this Dec. 4, 2019, photo opponents of the Bible Release Program show their support of one speaker's message during the public forum portion of the Knox County School Board Meeting held at the City-Council building in Knoxville, Tenn. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Tennessee school board votes down Bible Release Time policy

Dec. 12, 2019 1:25 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county has voted against creating new rules for Bible Release Time and similar programs, despite concerns about what happens when some students are pulled from their classrooms for religious studies. With a 5-4 vote Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Education...

Italy expels 2 suspected extremists from Bangladesh, Morocco

Dec. 2, 2019 3:48 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s interior ministry says two suspected extremists from Bangladesh and Morocco, including an imam who allegedly beat children studying the Quran, have been expelled from the country. The ministry on Monday identified the imam as a 19-year-old man from Bangladesh who was teaching...