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  • A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    For Rabbi Jason Weiner, his one-year chaplaincy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center New York’s Lower East Side was a not-so-pleasant requirement while he was a rabbinic student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

    “I didn’t feel like I had any impact. I didn’t feel like I could...

  • Christians picking on Israel

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2012 | 11:47 am

    With Christians being persecuted and threatened across much of the Middle East, guess which country the leaders of several major U.S. Christian denominations have decided to pick on?

    That’s right, the country where Christians are safest: Israel.

    In case you missed it, in a...

  • Look between the headlines to understand the Presbyterians' vote

    July 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s 220th General Assembly had just cast its first vote on an anti-Israel divestment resolution when the spin began. Major news outlets and activists on each side could hardly wait for the debate to finish the next day before declaring winners and...

  • Presbyterian committee approves Israel divestment

    July 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    The country’s largest Presbyterian church has agreed to vote by week’s end on divesting its portfolio from three companies that it is says has resisted the request to stop providing services that aid Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) General...

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  • Divestment: What the Presbyterian vote could mean

    July 3, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    In the next few days, the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), will convene in Pittsburgh. If delegates pass any one of several resolutions calling for punitive economic measures against Israel, the Church will have capitulated to one of the worst assaults...

  • New Presbyterian denomination launches in response to PCUSA dropping gay clergy ban

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2012 | 11:41 pm

    There has long been a divide within the Presbyterian Church USA regarding attitudes toward homosexuality, a divide that widened last summer after the PCUSA ended its ban on ordaining gay ministers.

    This week, Presbyterians opposed to gay ordination launched a new denomination called...

  • Good friends and implacable foes

    July 9, 2008 | 11:59 pm

    Three days at the biennial General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in San Jose reminded me of the classic line about mixed emotions, which is watching your new Jaguar go over the side of a cliff with the tax assessor strapped to his seat. The very good results of the...
  • New Presbyterian statement irks Jewish groups, sparks divestment fears

    By Ben Harris

    June 19, 2008 | 4:07 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Just days before they are due to consider a range of motions on the Middle East at their biennial convention, the Presbyterian Church USA has released a document on combating anti-Jewish ideas. But Jewish organizational leaders say the statement is “infused with the...

  • Truth Trumps Presbyterian Divestment Resolution

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, delegates to the Presbyterian Church USA's (PCUSA) General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala., voted to undo their hateful 2004 anti-Israel divestment resolution. Understanding its significance requires a crash course in obscure acronyms.

    The first is BDS, which stands for...

  • Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Teshuvah," turning, repentance, reconciliation, is a gift given to all people. People change, institutions change, policies change.

    Consider the largely unreported and unheralded change in the Presbyterian Church (USA). By a vote of 431 to 62 in July 2004, the church voted to begin...

  • Presbyterians Won’t Budge on Divesting

    By James D. Besser

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You have to hand it to those Presbyterians. Their leaders know what they want, and they won't be deflected by things like logic, fairness or the well-being of people in the Middle East.

    Church leaders in Louisville, Ky., appear determined to single out Israel for corporate...

  • We Must Renew Presbyterian Dialogues

    By Mark J. Pelavin

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Late last month, the 493 delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC-U.S.A.) adopted a series of deeply troubling "overtures" (their term for policy statements).

    The General Assembly defeated an attempt to cut off funding for "messianic" congregations,...

  • Presbyterians Ignite Divestment Uproar

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Before the sermon at each of the three services at Bel Air Presbyterian Church last Sunday, the Rev. Mark Allan Brewer did something unusual -- he protested. Speaking in a clear, forceful voice, the reverend denounced the 216th annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian church's...

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