New director appointed for Berlin Jewish Museum

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Jewish Museum has chosen a professor of Jewish studies and religion to succeed its founding director, who is stepping down later this year. The museum's governing council said Thursday that Peter Schaefer, who has taught at ...

Former priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to two concurrent 12-year sentences after admitting that he molested three teenage boys in the 1980s. Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted Tuesday that he ...

National Cathedral to host Rolling Thunder bikers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral has a soft spot for the motorcyclist group Rolling Thunder and their mission for veterans. On Friday, the church will host a special "Blessing of the Bikes" as part of an initiative to honor those ...

Orthodox rabbis charged in religious divorce plot

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal authorities in New Jersey say four Orthodox Jewish rabbis and one of their sons have been indicted on charges they conspired to kidnap and force Jewish men into granting their wives religious divorces. U.S. Attorney Paul ...

2 charged in NJ in religious divorce plot

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey men have been charged with kidnapping a third man in an attempt to force him to grant his wife a religious divorce. The U.S. attorney's office says David Aryeh Epstein and Chaim Baruch Rubin lured the victim from ...

NY minister to repay $1.2M in disaster funds

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million he took from his congregation to buy a luxury home in New ...

Camden Diocese consolidating more churches

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Financial issues and declining attendance have spurred the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden to consolidate some more churches. The latest mergers, which take effect June 30, involve several churches in Camden County. Camden ...

Manischewitz Looks to Expand Beyond Passover Food

Newark-based Manischewitz produces more processed kosher foods than any company in the nation, but the company's new owners are revamping to expand beyond its usual customers.

NJ man pleads guilty to forcing religious divorce

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted his role in a scheme to force a Jewish man to grant his wife a religious divorce. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old David Wax of Lakewood pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a complaint ...

Parishioners chase man who steals church donations

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing donations from a New Jersey church. Delvonte Olmo-Pagan of Camden is held on $960,000 bail, charged with robbery, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm and weapons charges. ...