Synthesis Outside the Synagogue

April 29, 2009

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon

Source: The Washington Post


Gathering in group homes and college dormitories, in rural woods and apartment buildings, a growing number of young Jews are spurning traditional synagogues and forming worship communities that blend ancient traditions with modern values in ways that religion scholars say could...

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A Marker for a Sacred Place

April 27, 2009

Author: Jennifer Latson

Source: The Houston Chronicle


The cemetery looks, presumably, better than it did in the 1800s, when one of its first capital improvement projects called for iron fences to keep out the wild hogs.

Congregation Beth Israel’s 1844 cemetery lies along West Dallas, in the shadow of downtown’s skyscrapers, between rows of newly built...

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Yemen's Jews Uneasy As Muslim Hostility Grows

April 26, 2009

Author: Hamza Hendawi

Source: The Washington Post

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In this village in northern Yemen, where a kosher butcher slaughters chickens and the school bus carries young boys in side curls along a dirt track to their Hebrew studies, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Arab world is...

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Jews And Muslims Succeed In Bid to Avoid Post-Mortems

April 22, 2009

Author: Jerome Taylor

Source: The Independent


Bereaved families will be allowed to pay for pathologists to perform body scans on their loved ones to establish cause of death if they object to post-mortems for religious reasons, the Government announced yesterday.


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Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked

April 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


A wail of sirens brought Israel to a standstill on Tuesday morning for a two-minute silence to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

At a ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Holocaust deniers would never be allowed to carry out another Holocaust of the Jewish people.

Six million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust during...

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Muslim Charity Helps Jews Celebrate Passover

April 12, 2009

Author: Khaled Al-Hilaly

Source: Yemen Times

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In a kind gesture of religious tolerance, the Muslim Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) provided Yemeni Jews in Amran with clothes and gifts on the important Jewish celebration on Passover last Wednesday.

"During Muslim celebrations, the society donates clothes and food," said Mohammad Al-Qubati, the general manager of the CSSW. "Jews are part of Yemeni society and we are...

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A Celebration Of the Sun, And the Earth

April 9, 2009

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post


What would 3rd-century Jewish sage and astronomer Shmuel have thought yesterday at sunrise, watching dozens of young Jews play guitar, dance and pray on the Lincoln Memorial's grand steps, transforming his ancient solar calculations into a chance to sing folk songs and do yoga?...

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Group Seeks Chaplain's Court Martial

April 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press


A group with a federal lawsuit in Kansas alleging widespread religious discrimination within the military called Wednesday for the Army to court martial its chief of chaplains.

But a spokesman said the Army respects soldiers' right to worship freely "at all times and in all locations."

The Military Religious Freedom...

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Learning Opportunity for Interfaith Couple

April 8, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal


“Why is this night different from all other nights?” the youngest asks as the family gathers around the table for the Passover Seder.

But at the home of Franklin and Mary Beth Schneider, a more fitting question might be, “Why is this Passover different...

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Shalom And Boa Noite: A Cape Verdean Seder

April 8, 2009

Author: Monica Brady-Myerov

Source: WBUR


Aminah Pilgrim, a young Cape Verdean woman, stands before about 170 people gathered in the basement of a Catholic church in Roxbury to lead a Jewish Seder in Cape Verdean Creole.

It seems incongruous. What do Cape Verdeans have to do with Jews? But Joel Schwartz, who started the joint Passover four years ago, says the two communities have more in common...

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