A Synagogue Despairs Of a Sweeter New Year

September 16, 2009

Author: Corey Kilgannon

Source: The New York Times


Preparations for the High Holy Days have taken on a new urgency this year at Congregation Derech Emunoh, once one of the city’s largest synagogues, but for the last seven years reduced to conducting services in a run-down double-wide trailer hard by the Atlantic Ocean on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.

As in many...

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Lawsuit Filed: Jewish Group Says Litchfield Won't Allow Synagogue

September 11, 2009

Author: Rinker Buck

Source: The Hartford Courant


A religious freedom suit over the right of a town to restrict the building plans of an Orthodox Jewish group has been filed in federal district court in Hartford.

Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County, which has been active in this quaint, scenic...

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Jews Go Green As Rosh Hashanah Marks Planet’s `Birthday’

September 10, 2009

Author: Kate Shellnutt

Source: Religion News Service


From the Garden of Eden to modern community-supported organic gardens, Jews are returning to their biblical call “to till and to tend” the earth.

Spurred by the popularity of environmental movements across denominations and...

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State Tells Schools to Teach Bible Literacy But Not How

September 6, 2009

Author: Jessica Meyers Jessica Meyers

Source: The Dallas Morning News


Vanda Terrell is still getting used to saying it.

"Let's open our Bibles," the veteran Plano ISD teacher tells students daily at two public high schools in the district. And it's legal for her to do it. A new state law...

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Arabs Charged Over Dutch Cartoon

September 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


An Arab organisation is to be put on trial in the Netherlands over its publication of a cartoon deemed offensive to Jews, prosecutors say.

The cartoon, published by the Arab European League (AEL) on its website, questions the Holocaust.

It said the decision to prosecute illustrated bias against Muslims.

It said the same standards were not applied to...

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Students Must Learn About Other Religions: Judge

September 2, 2009

Author: Graeme Hamilton

Source: National Post


Christian parents who objected to their children being taught about other religions in a mandatory new Quebec school course have suffered a serious setback with a ruling this week that the teachings do not infringe their religious freedoms.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Guy Dubois dismissed a bid by parents in Drummondville, Que., who...

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Exhibit Honors Muslims Who Saved Jews

August 28, 2009

Author: Shahzada Irfan

Source: The Houston Chronicle


When no other European country dared to withstand the wrath of Nazi Germany, it was the Muslims of Albania who saved a large number of Jewish people from extermination.

Albania, a Muslim majority country in Europe, opened its borders during World War II and took in thousands of Jews fleeing from different countries....

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Abundant Faith, Shrinking Space

August 22, 2009

Author: William Wan

Source: The Washington Post


They stream in through the doors every Friday -- a sea of Muslims pouring into a synagogue in Reston.

The men roll out long prayer rugs on the synagogue floor. An imam stands up front and praises Allah. And as the faithful begin whispering their prayers in flowing Arabic, their...

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Faith Groups Grapple With Role In Reform

August 20, 2009

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star


The Rev. John Hay Jr. reads the parable of the Good Samaritan -- who bandaged the wounds of an injured stranger and paid to have him cared for -- and sees a biblical basis for supporting universal health care, even if it means a greater government role.

Curt Smith reads the same passage and sees an example of someone who...

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