Judaism

Who Is a Jew? Court Ruling In Britain Raises Question

November 7, 2009

Author: Sarah Lyall

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/world/europe/08britain.html?em

The questions before the judges in Courtroom No. 1 of Britain’s Supreme Court were as ancient and as complex as Judaism itself.

Who is a Jew? And who gets to decide?

On the surface, the court was considering a straightforward challenge to the admissions policy of a Jewish high school in London. But...

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Stanford Faith Groups Unite In Wake Of Sukkah Vandalism

November 5, 2009

Author: Sue Fishkoff

Source: San Francisco Jewish Community Publications

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/40426/stanford-faith-groups-unite-in-wake-of-sukkah-vandalism/

Stanford University’s Jewish community celebrated the first night of Sukkot by eating the traditional festive meal inside the sukkah they put up every year.

The next morning, on Oct. 3, a student walked into the sukkah...

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Hindus Ask for a Disclaimer With James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

November 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Merinews

http://www.entertainmentandshowbiz.com/avatar-hindus-ask-for-a-disclaimer-with-james-camerons-avatar-2009111822418

Concerned Hindus have asked James Cameron to attach a disclaimer in the beginning and end of his forthcoming film “Avatar”, saying that it has nothing to do with Hinduism or its concepts.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in...

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Administaff And Cable TV Provider Conn-X Sued By EEOC for Religious Bias

November 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Trading Markets

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2623173/

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a lawsuit against staffing giant Administaff, Inc. and Conn-X, LLC, which provides cable service in the Baltimore metropolitan area, for engaging in religious discrimination against employees.

In its suit, the EEOC charges that joint employers Conn-...

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Secret Mission Rescues Yemen's Jews

October 31, 2009

Author: Miriam Jordan

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125693376195819343.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

In his new suburban American home, Shaker Yakub, a Yemeni Jew, folded a large scarf in half, wrapped it around his head and tucked in his spiraling side curls. "This is how I passed for a Muslim," said the 59-year-old father of seven, improvising a turban that hid his black...

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Religions Call for Climate Action

October 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8333250.stm

Leaders from across the UK's religious communities have said there is a "moral imperative" to tackle global warming.

Leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Baha'i, Jain and Zoroastrian faiths called on G20 nations to cut greenhouse gases.

They said climate change posed a "very real threat to the world's poor"....

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US State Department Gives Mixed Review Of Religious Freedom In Bulgaria

October 27, 2009

Author: Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Source: The Sofia Echo

http://www.sofiaecho.com/2009/10/27/805451_us-state-department-gives-mixed-review-of-religious-freedom-in-bulgaria

ntolerance by Bulgarian local authorities of non-Orthodox Christian religious groups and anti-Semitic messages by Volen Siderov’s Ataka party are among issues raised in the US state department’s annual...

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Jewish Community Reaches Out to Interfaith Families

October 25, 2009

Author: Sharon Chisvin

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/faith/jewish-community-reaches-out-to-interfaith-families-65930667.html

In recent years, Jewish communities across North America have witnessed a significant increase in the number of Jews marrying outside of their faith. The Winnipeg Jewish community has not been immune to this phenomenon, and as a...

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In Egypt, a Synagogue Renovation Elicits Complicated Feelings About Preserving Jewish History

October 24, 2009

Author: Matti Friedman and Hadeel Al-Shalchi

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/65898232.html

The warren of slum alleys is called the Jews' Quarter, but no Jews live there. The ancient synagogue still stands, but its roof is gone. The government is renovating it, but is doing so at a moment when anti-Israel feeling is running especially high in Egypt.

The Ben Maimon synagogue...

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Northern Virginia Muslims, Jews Set Example for Middle East

October 23, 2009

Author: Jim Handly

Source: NBC

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-beat/Northern-Virginia-Muslims-Jews-Set-Example-for-Middle-East-65877707.html

An unlikely relationship between different faiths is setting an example innorthern Virginia.

The region's fast-growing Muslim population is running out of room to pray, so one Reston synagogue opens its doors to them....

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Sikh Storyteller Grabs the Imagination At Faith Day

October 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bury Times

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/4693795.Sikh_storyteller_grabs_the_imagination_at_faith_day/

Pupils in Bury have been given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other faiths and cultures.

Bury CE High School staged its second annual multi-faith day which brought together speakers from the major world religions, thanks to a series of workshops and...

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Faith Schools Warned On RE Texts

October 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8318765.stm

Independent faith schools must ensure all resources used to teach about other religions are accurate, inspectors say.

Ofsted surveyed 51 schools in England from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths, at the request of Schools Secretary Ed Balls.

Inspectors said some materials were biased or had incorrect information...

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