Judaism

Boca Raton Police: Synagogue Vandalism a Hate Crime

February 16, 2010

Author: Brian Haas

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/boca-raton/fl-boca-temple-hate-crime-20100216,0,6582224.story

Police on Tuesday were investigating the vandalism of a Boca Raton synagogue as a hate crime after burglars broke in, damaged property and left behind anti-Semitic and racist messages.

Firefighters responding to a fire alarm about...

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Algerian Inter-Faith Leaders Call for More Religious Freedom

February 12, 2010

Author: Walid Ramzi

Source: Magharebia

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2010/02/12/feature-01

Algeria is a religiously tolerant nation that will never encroach on the rights of non-Muslims to worship, Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdellah Ghlamallah told participants at an Algiers seminar on Wednesday (February 10th).

Under the banner of "Religious Worship: A...

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Vancouver Jewish Community Gets the Chance to Showcase Its City

February 11, 2010

Author: Ben Harris

Source: Jewish Exponent

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/20590/

Shmuel Birnham's road from Vancouver rabbi to official Jewish clergyman of the 2010 Winter Olympics began, in all places, at an interfaith service with the Dalai Lama.

During the Tibetan leader's 2004 visit to Vancouver, Hong Chian, a local Buddhist doctor, invited Birnham to be one of the Jewish representatives at the service. When the Olympics rolled around,...

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Man Faces Prosecution for Taking Daughter to Church

February 11, 2010

Author: Jackie Walker

Source: The Houston Chronicle/Religion News Service

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6863014.html

A Chicago man could face prosecution for violating a restraining order by taking his 3-year-old daughter to church.

Joseph Reyes, 35, converted from Catholicism to Judaism when he married his wife, Rebecca. According to Rebecca Reyes, they agreed to raise their daughter Jewish. But when the...

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Row Over Plan to Build Jewish Museum Of Tolerance On Site Of Muslim Cemetery

February 10, 2010

Author: Rory McCarthy

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/10/jewish-museum-tolerance-muslim-cemetery

A group of Palestinians descended from 15 of Jerusalem's oldest Arab families lodged a protest with the UN today in a fresh effort to prevent the construction of a "Museum of Tolerance" on the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery.

The project, run by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los...

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Jewish-Muslim Study Course Grounds Interfaith Dialogue In Sacred Text

February 9, 2010

Author: Sue Fishkoff

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2010/02/09/1010531/jewish-muslim-study-course-grounds-interfaith-dialogue-in-sacred-text

Judaism is a harsh, exacting faith condemning rebellious children to death by stoning. Islam exhorts Muslims to kill non-believers.

Neither statement, according to many Jewish and Muslim scholars, is true. But they are among the...

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Against Jews 'Rise In the UK'

February 5, 2010

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8499450.stm

Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 924 incidents over the year, 55% more than the previous high of 598 incidents in 2006.

The organisation, which monitors incidents against Jewish people and organisations, said the rise was...

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Priest Bridges Religious Divide By Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

February 2, 2010

Author: Isabelle de Pommereau

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0202/Priest-bridges-religious-divide-by-funding-Germany-s-biggest-mosque

The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that...

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Who Will Pray At Lebanon's Rebuilt Synagogue?

February 2, 2010

Author: Natalia Antelava

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8494183.stm

Rumours of the reconstruction of the city's historic Magen-Abraham Synagogue have been around for years but no one, it seems, could quite believe their eyes when the work actually began.

Regular outbreaks of fighting, most recently in 2006, and decades of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel have virtually obliterated Lebanon's once-thriving Jewish...

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State Stepping In On Shabbat Elevator Squabble

February 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2010/02/01/1010417/state-steps-in-over-shabbat-elevator-controversy

The state of Maryland has stepped in to deal with a controversy over a Shabbat elevator in a Baltimore condominium.

The Maryland Commission on Human Relations last week ordered the board of directors of the Strathmore Tower in Upper Park Heights, the heart of the Orthodox...

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Young Adults Reconnect With Jewish Heritage

January 28, 2010

Author: Arlene Nisson Lassin

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6840805.html

When Nate Levy left home for college from Klein in northwest Houston, religious observance was an unimportant aspect of his life. The Jewish senior at the University of Texas grew up without practicing the religion.

“I knew I was Jewish, but that was the extent of it in my family life,” Levy said....

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