Judaism

Army Chaplain Criticized for Fasting Call On Passover

April 7, 2009

Author: Karin Hamilton

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17858

The Army's top chaplain has come under fire from some Jews for issuing a call for a day of prayer and fasting that falls on the first day of Passover.

Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, a Southern Baptist and Army Chief of Chaplains, had issued the prayer call in response to the rising suicide rates among soldiers. Last year, the Army reported the...

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In a Landscape Of Tension, Bahrain Embraces Its Jews. All 36 Of Them.

April 5, 2009

Author: Michael Slackman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/world/middleeast/06bahrain.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

It’s O.K. to be Jewish in Bahrain.

Actually, that may be an understatement.

“It’s fashionable,” said Rouben Rouben, 55, an electronics dealer who proudly displays his name, a recognizably Jewish one, on the sign above all four...

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A Jewish Holiday, Once Every 28 Years

April 4, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/04religion.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

On the morning of April 8, 1953, a day he is certain more than a half-century later was a Wednesday, J. David Bleich walked outside his father’s synagogue in Lewistown, Pa. A high school senior, age 16, he was the youngest among a smattering of worshipers gathering in a rear yard beneath a...

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Interfaith Togetherness: More Than 150 Gather As SW Temple Receives New Torah

April 4, 2009

Author: Robert D. Muirhead

Source: Journal Inquirer

http://www.journalinquirer.com/articles/2009/04/03/towns/south_windsor/doc49d6aa060a774309202331.txt

A Jewish ceremony became an event to celebrate interfaith togetherness Friday night when Temple Beth Hillel received a new Torah for the first time in 50 years.

More than 150 people gathered to celebrate the marriage of Temple Beth Hillel and...

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Hindus & Jews Want Restructuring Of Prayers At UK Parliament

March 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindus-jews-want-restructuring-of-prayers-at-uk-parliament_100173444.html

Hindus and Jews have asked the United Kingdom to re-evaluate the matrix of opening prayers in its Parliament, which probably date back from 17th century.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi...

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On Staten Island, a Jewish Cemetery Where All Are Equals In Death

March 31, 2009

Author: Jim Dwyer

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/nyregion/01about.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Two shovels were planted in the mound next to the open mouth of the grave. “For those of you who don’t know about this,” said the rabbi, Shmuel Plafker, “let me show you.”

He lifted the first pile of dirt with the back of the shovel. “To symbolize that we really...

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Ad for Islam On Broward Bus May Lead to Ban

March 21, 2009

Author: Scott Wyman

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/state/epaper/2009/03/21/0321busislamad.html

In the wake of controversial bus ads saying Jesus followed the principles of Islam, Broward County inspection reports commissioners are considering a ban on advertising religious messages on public transportation and all other government property.

The new policy would still permit...

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Having a Bat Mitzvah In Their 90s Because It’s a Hoot

March 21, 2009

Author: Christopher Maag

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/us/22batmitzvah.html?hp

Ann Simon is worried she might forget all the Hebrew words she has memorized to become a bat mitzvah, a Jewish girl marking the transition into religious adulthood.

Ms. Simon is no 12-year-old, though. At 94 she can be forgiven her fear that she might be seized by a senior moment or two as she stands on the bimah on Sunday to...

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Rabbis' Expulsion Worries Russia's Jews

March 18, 2009

Author: Megan K. Stack

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-russia-rabbis18-2009mar18,0,7212585.story

Two and a half years ago, a young Orthodox rabbi from New York set down in the port city of Vladivostok, family in tow. Yisroel Silberstein came with a mission, and he expected to stay for good.

Out on Russia's rough-and-tumble eastern frontier,...

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Deliverance From Wastefulness: Synagogue Uses Purim to Teach Children the Virtues Of Recycling

March 9, 2009

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090309/METRO02/903090364/1041/LIFESTYLE04

For weeks, Jonah and Riley Stearns have scoured their home -- and their lunch boxes -- for recyclables: empty Capri Sun juice pouches, egg cartons and cardboard rolls from toilet paper.

And each Sunday, the 7-year-old twins toted them in bags to Hebrew school...

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Courts, Jail Adjust to Religious Custom

March 8, 2009

Author: David Hench

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=243829

For many Muslim women, being seen in public with one's head uncovered is a violation of religious tenets as well as an embarrassing display of immodesty.

Head coverings also can be, to varying degrees, important to Jews, Sikhs and people of other faiths.

But that obligation has collided with security concerns and cultural...

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Palm Beach Synagogue to Celebrate Milestone

March 8, 2009

Author: Michelle Dargan

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/2009/03/08/MONpbsynagog0309.html

Rabbi Moshe Scheiner was managing a medical supply company in Miami when he got a call to help a startup synagogue in Palm Beach.

Educated at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J., and the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne,...

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