Judaism

France: Synagogue Defaced And Jewish Man Is Attacked

May 3, 2010

Author: Nadim Audi

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/world/europe/04briefs-francebrf.html?hp&ex=&ei=&partner=

Three attackers defaced a synagogue in Nîmes on Sunday, then threw tear gas at a 78-year-old Jewish man, the local police said Monday. Word of the attack came as 300 people gathered Monday in front of the Strasbourg synagogue in eastern France to express...

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Show Of Strength Against Symbols Of Hate

May 3, 2010

Author: Keith Edwards

Source: The Kennebec Journal

http://www.kjonline.com/news/show-of-strength-against-symbols-of-hate_2010-05-02.html

A swastika amateurishly scrawled in blue paint and stretching across both lanes of Outer Highland Avenue, near a Jewish family's home, should not be taken as representative of the community, several church leaders said Sunday.

Nor should it be taken lightly.

"When...

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Jewish Man Wearing Yarmulke Attacked In France

May 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Charleston Gazette

Wire Service: AP

http://wvgazette.com/ap/ApInternational/201005010115

French Jewish groups and police say a man wearing a yarmulke, or skullcap, has been stabbed and beaten in eastern France.

Jewish groups say Friday's assault in the city of Strasbourg appears to be an anti-Semitic attack.

Police say they took two suspects into custody, both of whom...

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Mojave Cross Case: a Signal On Religious Symbols

April 28, 2010

Author: Mark Sherman

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g8QO_ctQm-Ud4QJtkds1JkQu1-YQD9FCCASG2

The Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled a greater willingness to allow religious symbols on public land Wednesday, a stance that could have important implications for future church-state disputes.

By a 5-4 vote, the...

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Religious Differences Fuel Custody Battles

April 18, 2010

Author: Lisa Donovan

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2171366,CST-NWS-custody18.article

Their divorce was settled three years ago, but there they were Friday, back in Cook County Domestic Relations Court, this time fighting over a contentious religious issue:

Could a devout Jewish mother force her ex-husband, who isn't Jewish, to feed their 7-year-old son kosher food when he has the boy?

...

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An Unlikely Jewish Renaissance

April 15, 2010

Author: A. James Rudin

Source: The Houston Chronicle/Religion News Service

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6960818.html

1. Which city, called “Faust's Metropolis,” was famous for its literature, dramas, music, films, art, science and medicine in the early years of the 20th century before it became the capital of a radically evil regime?

2. Which city during the 1930s was home to the well-known...

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Jewish Bedtime Stories And Books Help Kids Learn Heritage

April 14, 2010

Author: Joe Burris

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/parenting/bs-pa-jewish-bedtime-stories-2-20100412,0,7929809.story

Erin Nicolson sifted through her collection of bedtime books and held up her favorite: "Hanna's Sabbath Dress," by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, about a girl waiting to try on a new outfit, once customary during the Jewish period of rest.

While the 4-...

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Chicago Dad Can Take Daughter to Church, Judge Rules In Interfaith Divorce

April 13, 2010

Author: Lisa Donovan

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2156460,judge-dad-OK-church-interfaith-divorce-041310.article

In a divorce case that’s drawn national attention, a Chicago man who claims he has returned to his Catholic roots will be allowed to take his 3-year-old daughter to church, despite the objections of the girl’s Jewish mother, a Cook County judge ruled...

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Kyrgyzstan's Jewish Community Alarmed After Riots

April 13, 2010

Author: Maria Golovnina

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/13/AR2010041300924.html

Arieh Reichman, Kyrgyzstan's chief rabbi, shook his head as he presented a vodka bottle filled with flammable liquid that was thrown at the Muslim country's sole synagogue during violent riots last week.

He said it was the first act of violence against the country's tiny...

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Omid Djlalili, UK's Iranian Comic, Takes On the Muslim-Jewish Divide

April 12, 2010

Author: Michael Theodoulou

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100412/FOREIGN/704119940/1135/NEWS

Portly, besuited and bald, Omid Djalili glides into the spotlight with his remarkably graceful, trademark belly-dance. He sports a winning grin and swings his microphone suggestively at midriff level.

Like all successful comedians, he has his audience tittering before...

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Anti-Semitic Incidents Rise Sharply In 2009, Study Says

April 12, 2010

Author: Izzy Lemberg

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/04/12/anti.semitic.study/index.html?hpt=T2

The number of anti-Semitic incidents around the world more than doubled from 2008 to 2009, according to a Tel Aviv University study.

In 2009, 1,129 such incidents were recorded -- an increase of more than 100 percent from the 559 incidents noted in 2008, according to the study, released Sunday by the...

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Traveling Rabbi Serves Tiny Southern Congregations

April 9, 2010

Author: Emily Wagster Pettus

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/04/09/1867956/traveling-rabbi-serves-tiny-southern.html

As the sun inched below the horizon in the Mississippi River town of Natchez, people arrived alone or in small groups and walked up the steps of Temple B’nai Israel on Shabbat.

Only about a dozen Jewish residents remain in Natchez, a city of about 16,400 best...

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China’s Ancient Jewish Enclave

April 4, 2010

Author: Matthew Fishbane

Source: The New York Times

http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/travel/04journeys.html

Through a locked door in the coal-darkened boiler room of No. 1 Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kaifeng, there’s a well lined with Ming Dynasty bricks. It’s just a few yards deep and still holds water. Guo Yan, 29, an eager, bespectacled native of this Chinese city on the flood plains of the Yellow River...

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Father In Custody Case Can't Take Girl to Easter Service

April 3, 2010

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Washington Post/Chicago Tribune

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/02/AR2010040203907.html

A Chicago man in a contentious divorce and custody dispute was told by a judge this week that he cannot take his daughter to Catholic services on Easter.

The order maintains an injunction imposed against Joseph Reyes last year after he had the girl baptized...

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