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Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel

Oct. 17, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The man known as the last Jew of Kabul could soon be heading to Israel, after agreeing to grant his estranged wife a religious divorce in a Zoom call — a precondition for smooth entry to the Holy Land. Zebulon Simentov, who fled Afghanistan last month...

Michigan inmates win right to kosher meat, cheesecake

Oct. 15, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, a federal appeals court said, rejecting arguments that a special menu would be too costly and disruptive. The Corrections Department typically...

AP PHOTOS: Jews redeem firstborn son in ancient ceremony

Sep. 20, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — Shortly after sundown, Yaakov Tabersky presented his firstborn son on a silver platter to a Jewish priest in a ceremony harking back to the biblical exodus from Egypt. The ceremony, known as “pidyon ha-ben,” or redemption of the...

Many faith leaders say no to endorsing vaccine exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

As significant numbers of Americans seek religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many faith leaders are saying: Not with our endorsement. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that while some people may have medical reasons for...

US faith leaders recall Sikh's bias killing post Sept. 11

Sep. 16, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi was helping plant a flower bed at his Arizona gas station when he was shot dead by a man seeking to avenge 9/11. Mistaken for an Arab Muslim because of his turban and beard, Sodhi was the first person to die in a wave of bias crimes...

Court won't stop protests outside Michigan synagogue

Sep. 15, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Provocative pro-Palestinian protests outside a Jewish synagogue in Michigan are protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, a federal court appeals said Wednesday. The court declined to stop the demonstrations or set restrictions in Ann Arbor. The...

Israel comes to halt for solemn day of Yom Kippur

Sep. 15, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli life came to a standstill on Wednesday as Jews marked the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the most solemn point on their calendar, at sundown. Stores, businesses, public transportation and broadcasting shuts down in Israel for...

Jewish leaders bury remains found in former Warsaw ghetto

Sep. 14, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's Jewish community buried an unidentified Holocaust victim on Tuesday whose remains were discovered this summer in a building that was within the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. “We are here as the family for a person we don't know,”...

DOJ: 20 years for man who plotted attack on Ohio synagogue

Sep. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man who vowed support for a terrorist group and planned an attack on an Ohio synagogue was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Monday, federal prosecutors said. Damon Joseph, 23, of Holland, Ohio, pleaded guilty in May to attempting to...

Your suffering is ours: Pope honors Slovak Holocaust victims

Sep. 13, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Pope Francis honored Slovakian Holocaust victims and atoned for Christian complicity in wartime crimes as he sought to promote reconciliation Monday in a country where a Catholic priest was president of a Nazi puppet state that deported tens of thousands of its...