Rachel Delia Benaim is a freelance religion reporter. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Diplomat, among others. Follow her on Twitter @rdbenaim.
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New York Synagogue Launches World’s First HIV Prevention Program Aimed at Jewish Clergy

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s new initiative hopes to fight stigma and help rabbis talk to their communities about safe sex

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LGBT Contingent ‘Infiltrated’ by Protesters at Celebrate Israel Parade

The LGBT group was a ‘carefully chosen target,’ said a director at Jewish Voice for Peace, which organized the anti-Israel demonstration on Sunday

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Harvard Conference Examines Jewish Law and Trans Identity

Held the week of Transgender Day of Visibility, academics and practitioners from all walks of life discussed the overlap of religious law and identity—and the human soul

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Wiesel’s Message Reverberates in New York for a ‘Night’ of Remembrance

VIPs and dignitaries recently read ‘Night,’ Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical Holocaust novel, in its entirety at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Nearby, an anti-Trump protest commenced.

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Remembering Solomon Levy, a Rock in Gibraltar’s Jewish Community

I am forever grateful to ‘Momy,’ as he was known, because he helped launch my career years ago. But it was his lifelong devotion to Gibraltar that will last for generations to come.

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Far From Home, New York’s Ethiopian Jewish Community Celebrates Sigd

Most Ethiopian Jews have left their homeland for Israel. But those in New York continue to practice their religious traditions.

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A Small Yet Monumental Summit on LGBT Issues Occurred at a Religious Kibbutz This Week

One of Israel’s most influential, religious Zionist groups invited a religious LGBTQ activist organizations to address tolerance and inclusion together

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Why the Gettysburg Address Was Made to Last

Abraham Lincoln wrote the words. Adolphus Simeon Solomons provided the paper.

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Summer Camp Promotes IDF-Style Training Program for Youth

New York’s Camp Mesorah has published a video depicting its ‘IDF Training Paintball’ program that glorifies war—and tells campers to ‘enlist now’

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New York Conference Raises Awareness for Gaucher Disease

According to the National Gaucher Foundation, one out of every 10 Ashkenazi Jews are carriers for the rare genetic disorder

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How a Principal’s Speech About Orlando Is Comforting LGBT Students in Orthodox Schools

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, principal of Bronx-based SAR Academy, acknowledged the grief of the LGBT community in a speech that went viral on Facebook

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When Stoner Yeshiva Students Become Arms-Trafficking ‘War Dogs’

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in a new film about two drug-loving arms dealers from Miami who land a $300 million defense contract

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The Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin, 20 Years After His Murder

In Tel Aviv, a desire for peace—and pervasive doubt—among sentiments at the memorial ceremony for the fallen Israeli leader

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In Grief, Eritreans in Israel Face a Stark Reality

Mourners gathered in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to remember Haftom Zarhum, the 29-year-old Eritrean man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist, shot, then lynched by a mob in Be’er Sheba

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Inaugural Jewish LGBT Conference Underway in Salzburg, Austria

‘We’re beyond the question of is it possible to be a queer Jew. We know that. We’re at the next step.’

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New Jersey Jury: JONAH’s Gay Conversion Therapies Are Fraudulent

Landmark, unanimous decision in line with nationwide calls to ban ‘cures’ for sexual orientation

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Jewish LGBT Group Nehirim Will Shut Down

Community programming for LGBT Jews is on the rise, and non-profits are struggling to keep up

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For India’s Largest Jewish Community, One Muslim Makes All the Tombstones

Muhammad Abdul Yassin has worked in Mumbai’s Jewish cemetery for more than 40 years. Now he’s passing the chisel to his sons.

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Terror Financing Trial Underway in Brooklyn

U.S. relatives of Hamas terror victims take Arab Bank to court

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BuzzTorah Wants to Make Judaism Go Viral

New website modeled after BuzzFeed offers quirky Jewish-themed listicles

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SermonSlam Tries to Make D’var Torah Cool

A new Jewish initiative to update old models of observance takes the stage

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