Judaism

Anti-Faith, Anti-Government Violence a Toxic Mix

June 11, 2009

Author: Kevin Eckstrom

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18245

In 1981, white supremacist James W. von Brunn tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve in a bid to overthrow a financial system he believed was controlled by Jews.

Experts say violent anti-Semitic outbursts, like von Brunn's shooting Wednesday (June 10) that killed a security guard inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, are often...

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In Note, More Clues to Holocaust Museum Killing

June 11, 2009

Author: Theo Emery and Liz Robbins

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/us/12shoot.html

Stephen Tyrone Johns opened a door of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses said, probably thinking that James W. von Brunn was just another elderly visitor needing help to get inside.

Mr. Johns apparently did not notice that Mr. von Brunn, 88, whose anti-Semitic and white supremacist views...

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Okla. Braces for Challenge to Ten Commandments Law

June 9, 2009

Author: Sean Murphy

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6467815.html

Backers of a new law authorizing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Oklahoma's Capitol didn't get good news this week.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a similar display at the Haskell County...

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Jewish Group Organizes L.A. March Against Darfur Violence

June 8, 2009

Author: Ari B. Bloomekatz

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs8-2009jun08,0,2876658.story

Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks told throngs of demonstrators Sunday that it was important to rally against the deadly violence in Sudan because one day the marchers' grandchildren will ask: Where were you?

"We . . . made a promise to our ancestors to never forget,"...

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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Prompts Swift Action At High School

June 2, 2009

Author: Mark N. Schieldrop

Source: South County Independent

http://www.scindependent.com/articles/2009/06/01/narragansett/doc4a1e99c4e5be5425746214.txt

School officials have assembled a team of faculty, parents and religious leaders to address students about tolerance after anti-Semitic graffiti appeared in a boys bathroom at the high school earlier this month.

In addition to the graffiti,...

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Up In Los Angeles

June 1, 2009

Author: Troy Anderson

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_12496273

Anti-Semitic incidents soared 21 percent in California last year, led by a spike in vandalism, harassment and violence against Jews in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles, according to a report released Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

While the number of incidents fell 7 percent nationwide to 1,352, complaints...

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First Black Woman Rabbi Set to Be Ordained

May 28, 2009

Author: Merlene Davis

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6445992.html

Alysa Stanton says she would have converted to Judaism and submitted to the rigors of becoming a rabbi even if she had been the 50,000th African-American woman to do so — instead of the history-making first.

And now, as she is preparing for her ordination on June 6 and her transition to her new job with a...

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Southwest Families Discover Hidden Jewish Roots

May 27, 2009

Author: Amy Klein

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/southwest_families_discover_hidden_jewish_roots/

Growing up in Wyoming to Catholic and Protestant parents, Isabelle Medina-Sandoval watched the women in her family practice strange customs—washing off babies’ baptismal water and setting aside some dough when they made tortillas.

“As a...

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