Judaism

Madoff Case Creates Worst Loss for Jewish Charities

December 17, 2008

Author: Philip Boroff and Patrick Cole

Source: Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=ay38_dO238P8&refer=muse

New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage recently cut its staff by 12 percent as it projects smaller donations following the worst year for U.S. stocks since 1931.

In the wake of the arrest of Bernard Madoff in what’s being called the biggest scandal in philanthropic history,...

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Across Differing Faiths, Shared Holidays

December 17, 2008

Author: Michael Winerip

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/nyregion/long-island/21Rparenting.html?scp=2&sq=religion&st=nyt

Pam Gawley is Jewish, her husband, Steven, is Catholic, and from the time they started dating, they celebrated each other’s holidays together. Christmas and Easter, they went to his parents’ home; Rosh Hashana, Hanukkah and Passover, to her parents...

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Aberdeen Synagogue Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary

December 15, 2008

Author: Sametta M. Thompson

Source: Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/article/20081215/NEWS01/812150320/1004/NEWS01

Before, services were held at members' homes, schools and firehouses. It was in 1968 that Temple Beth Ahm finally got a home to call its own.

Throughout the years, the sprawling facility at 550 Lloyd Road underwent several interior changes. Then in 1998, a fire damaged most of the temple.

It was...

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Star And Crescent Joins Christmas Tree, Menorah

December 14, 2008

Author: Jim Fitzgerald

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jk0K5Yvz2_qJ9MBhvzqe0VPyq5qwD95208E00

When they light the town Christmas tree in Armonk on Sunday, there will be a Jewish menorah right alongside, as usual. There will also be something new this year — an Islamic crescent and star.

And if there are any Buddhists or Hindus in town who want to see...

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Dallas Rabbi Emerges as Leader in Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

December 13, 2008

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/121308dnmetrabbi.39cd99f.html

Rabbi Jeremy Schneider spends a lot of time talking to Muslims, and wants other Jews to do the same.

At age 32, the assistant rabbi at Dallas' Temple Shalom has emerged as a national leader in Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

"He has been in the forefront...

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Jews, Muslims Plan Joint Memorial Tribute to Mumbai Victims

December 3, 2008

Author: Nicole Neroulias

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.ffeu.org/press_room/120308rns.htm

In an effort to continue interfaith cooperation and prevent backlash against Muslims, Jews and Muslims are coming together here to memorialize the Jewish victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

Imam Mohammed Shamsi Ali and Rabbi Marc Schneier, who recently appeared together in Manhattan during November's national Jewish-Muslim "...

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Tense Times for Mumbai's Jews

December 1, 2008

Author: Soutik Biswas

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7758930.stm

The mood at Monday morning prayers at the 124-year-old, green-painted Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue in Mumbai was grim as members of the city's Jewish community paid homage to the six people who lost their lives in the attacks that hit the city last week.

The outreach centre of Chabad Lubavitch - a New York-based orthodox Jewish organisation - in a...

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Local Hindus, Jews Memorialize Mumbai Attack Victims

December 1, 2008

Author: Ray Reyes And Julie Busch

Source: Tampa Bay Online

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27990087/

The memorial service was performed in the traditional Hindu language Sanskrit as the fire god received offerings of flowers and butter.

About 50 people attending the Shanti Homa ceremony at Tampa's Hindu Temple of Florida today then continued to pray for the people killed last week during the attacks in Mumbai.

At least 174 people were killed...

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Jewish Group Turns Up Heat In Eruv Fight

November 25, 2008

Author: Stewart Ain

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a14127/News/New_York.html

The controversy over a proposed eruv for observant Jews in Westhampton Beach, L.I., heated up this week when eruv opponents sent a letter to residents that the American Jewish Congress labeled “racist.”

“It’s pretty close to sheer bigotry,” said Marc Stern, the AJC’s acting...

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Jews, Muslims Seek Better Ties in `Twinning' Program

November 24, 2008

Author: Nicole Neroulias

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17015

The mistrust and misconceptions between North America's Jews and Muslims may run thick and deep, but leaders of a new nationwide interfaith initiative say the two sides have more to learn than fear from each other.

That was the message issued this weekend (Nov. 21-23) in more than 100 mosques and synagogues that signed up for a "Weekend of...

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UN Rejection of Iranian ‘No-Action Motion’ Is Victory for Human Rights, Say Baha’is

November 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/670

The Baha’i International Community praised the United Nations General Assembly for today rejecting a so-called “no-action motion” on human rights in Iran.

Such a motion, if it had passed, would have used procedural rules to set aside a resolution that is sharply critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran over its use of torture, the...

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Italian Jews Stand Up for Faith in Face of Pope's Prayer

November 19, 2008

Author: Richard Owen

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5190702.ece

Italy's Jewish leaders have said they will refuse take part in traditional joint Jewish-Catholic prayers in January because of the re-introduction last Easter by Pope Benedict XVI of a "prayer for the conversion of the Jews" as part of the revived Tridentine mass.

Rabbi Giuseppe Laras, head of the Italian Rabbinical...

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