During a special meeting of its General Assembly on March 1, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) voted overwhelmingly to reverse their prohibition on granting membership to non-Jews.
The measure will have a sweeping impact on North American Conservative Jewish communities, 80 percent of which belong to the USCJ umbrella organization. Whereas synagogues were previously permitted only to allow non-Jews as guests, Conservative communities may now choose to endow non-Jewish attendees—often the non-Jewish spouse of a member—with full membership status. Read more about Conservative Jewish Assembly Votes to Allow Non-Jewish Synagogue Members
For interfaith couples, deciding where and how to exchange wedding vows may be only the beginning of a lifelong negotiation between multiple faiths. With interfaith marriages on the rise in the United States, couples are increasingly facing daunting questions about how to pass on their religions to their children. Read more about Raising Multi-Faith Children
This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.
As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer. Read more about Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests
In six elementary schools across Israel, the sounds of children speaking both Hebrew and Arabic can be heard throughout the halls. These schools, called Yad B’Yad—a phrase that means “hand in hand” in both Hebrew and Arabic—have, in many ways, a simple mission: “building shared society” between Jewish and Arab members of Israeli communities. However, in a nation that has been rife with enmity and conflict, many citizens feel that Yad B’Yad is breaking revolutionary ground. Read more about Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities