Judaism

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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Jewish Group Asking Faith to Accept Gays

March 6, 2009

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090306/LIFESTYLE04/903060366/1409/METRO

When Daniel Hoffman and his spouse, Ariel, moved from New York to Huntington Woods last summer, they went hunting for a traditional Jewish synagogue: one that keeps kosher, is dedicated to regular Torah study and is close enough to walk to on Shabbat.

This...

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Pennsylvania High School Rescinds Ban On Muslim Scarves

February 18, 2009

Author: Diane Macedoca

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495804,00.html

A Pennsylvania high school is permitting Muslim students to wear scarves known as kaffiyehs in school just a day after ordering two students to remove them for class.

Gateway High School officials met with parents Wednesday after seniors Mohammad Al-Abbasi, 18, and Ahmad Al-Sadr, 17, left school Tuesday after refusing to take off the...

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Young Muslims, Jews Work Toward Peace

February 17, 2009

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090217/NEWS06/902170343/1017/NEWS03

Shoshana Jaffa sums up the conflict in the Middle East like this: "Everybody wants to meet halfway, but no one knows where halfway is."

Jaffa was one of about 45 Jewish and Muslim teens and young adults who met Sunday at Congregation Micah in Brentwood to discuss the recent fighting in Gaza.

It's...

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For These Jewish Girls, It’s Never Too Late to Come Of Age

February 17, 2009

Author: Michael O'Malley

Source: Religion News Service

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

One by one, some with walkers, some on oxygen, they approached the podium to recite Jewish prayers usually reserved for 12-year-old girls.

Ten women—ages 89 to 96—are rehearsing for their upcoming bat mitzvah, a coming-...

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FBI Raids Apartment In Search for Synagogue Vandal

February 17, 2009

Author: Dick Johnson and Zach Christman

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29180030/

The feds spent 8 hours Thursday inside an apartment looking for clues about vandalism at Jewish buildings across the city.

The FBI raided an apartment in the West Rogers Park neighborhood around 7:30 a.m. Investigators didn't leave the building in the 6000 block of North Artesian Avenue until after 4 p.m.

Computer equipment and other items were taken...

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Bible, Yoga And YouTube: All Part Of Jewish Identity

February 16, 2009

Author: Ari B. Bloomekatz

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs16-2009feb16,0,669283.story

To start their morning Sunday, about 20 Jews attended a Mechitza Minyan service in a ballroom of a Costa Mesa hotel, praying in Hebrew, with separate seating for men and women.

A few doors down, a group wearing sweat pants and T-shirts began their day by breathing deeply and...

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