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In this photo provided by Yaelle Ehrenpreis Meyer, Ahava Ehrenpreis and her son, Saadya Ehrenpreis, pose for a picture in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Saadya Ehrenpreis was hospitalized with COVID-19 in April and died a month before he would have graduated from the Makor College Experience program at Yeshiva University. (Yaelle Ehrenpreis Meyer via AP)

Lives Lost: For man with Down syndrome, a college dream

Jun. 18, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Right up to the end, the status message on Saadya Ehrenpreis’ WhatsApp profile read: “Having the time of my life.” “And he was,” Ahava Ehrenpreis said of her son, one of more than 110,000 lives claimed by COVID-19 in the United States so far. Born with...

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo shows Democratic candidate for the 28th district for the Virginia Senate, Qasim Rashid, in Fredericksburg, Va. Prosecutors said Joseph Cecil Vandevere, of North Carolina, was sentenced Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to 10 months of prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch Rashid, a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of North Carolina said U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. also sentenced Vandevere on Tuesday to one year of supervised release. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Jun. 2, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

A North Carolina man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for anonymously threatening on social media to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, according to prosecutors. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, had faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison after...

This 2020 photo provided by Ellen Dubin Photography shows Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz in New York. On Monday, the Jewish Theological Seminary announced Schwartz as their eighth chancellor - and first woman to serve in the role - in its 134-year history. (Ellen Dubin Photography via AP)

Prominent Jewish seminary names Schwartz as 1st woman leader

Jun. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Jewish Theological Seminary, the preeminent institution of higher learning for Conservative Judaism in the United States, announced the appointment of Shuly Rubin Schwartz on Monday as its eighth chancellor and the first woman to hold the post in its 134-year history. An expert on...

Associate Pastor Sharon Rogers poses for a portrait with a cross at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Ill., Sunday, May 24, 2020. “The church is not a building, the church is people,” said Rogers, explaining why parents had embraced the idea of an outdoor service for their children's upcoming confirmation ceremony. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage for many devout families

May. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions – the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin holds a Torah scroll aloft during Shabbat morning service at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Calif. The California Department of Public Health released Monday, May 25, a framework under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship that have mostly shuttered their doors since Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March stay-at-home order designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

May. 27, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors — if his congregation can balance the laws of God and California during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the state released a framework that will permit counties to allow in-person worship services. They...

This undated photo provided by Ala' Khan shows Jonathan Simcosky, from left, Maya Mansour, Ala' Khan and Hadar Cohen, posing for a selfie while watching a sunset in celebration of the start of Ramadan in Los Angeles.   The four roommates moved into a five-bedroom, five-bath house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood earlier this year. They come from different faiths: Baha’i, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.   They live rent-free in a new interfaith experiment known as the Abrahamic House. (Photo courtesy of Ala' Khan via AP)

Four roommates of different faiths face a pandemic together

May. 20, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky arrived as strangers, ready to embark on a new interfaith journey. The four roommates moved into a five-bedroom, five-bath house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood earlier this year. They come from different...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the UNHCR - Global Refugee Forum at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. When financial markets collapsed and the world faced its last great crisis in 2008, major powers worked together to restore the global economy, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been striking for the opposite response. The financial crisis gave birth to the leaders’ summit of the Group of 20, the world’s richest countries responsible for 80% of the global economy. But when Guterres proposed ahead of their summit in late March that G-20 leaders adopt a “wartime” plan and cooperate on the global response to suppress the virus, there was no response (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

UN chief urges faith leaders to challenge harmful messages

May. 12, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged religious leaders on Tuesday to challenge “inaccurate and harmful messages” that are fueling rising ethno-nationalism, stigma, hate speech and conflict as the coronavirus pandemic circles the globe. The U.N. chief warned a...

Israeli police arrest over 300 at mass gathering at shrine

May. 12, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police arrested over 300 people Tuesday as officers attempted to control crowds that had assembled at a religious site in northern Israel in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Police said that despite regulations against large assemblies at Mount Meron and police checkpoints on...

Report: Anti-Semitic incidents in US hit record high in 2019

May. 12, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — American Jews were targets of more anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 than any other year over the past four decades, a surge marked by deadly attacks on a California synagogue, a Jewish grocery store in New Jersey and a rabbi's New York home, the Anti-Defamation League reported...