Judaism

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

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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 standards prevalent in American courts and prisons, where removing...

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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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Anglicans Called On to Convert Non-Christian Believers

February 12, 2009

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5711595.ece

Anglicans were commanded to “go forth and evangelise” yesterday in a dramatic assertion of missionary fervour that could jeopardise carefully built-up relations with Muslims, Jews and other faiths.

The established Church of England put decades of liberal-inspired political correctness behind it in a move...

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Venezuelan Official Visits Synagogue After Attack

February 12, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jOU8-GWY2gk1CENOnld0ae2MpURQD96A6SP00

Venezuela's foreign minister visited a synagogue on Thursday that was recently attacked by vandals and promised the country's Jewish community that authorities would determine who was responsible for the assault.

During a visit to the Tiferet Israel Synagogue in Caracas...

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Hindus & Jews Ask for Adequate Compensation for Savagely Burnt Sikh Immigrant

February 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20090211082739zzzz.nb/topstory.html

Hindus and Jews have demanded adequate compensation by the Italian government for an Indian immigrant who was reportedly brutally beaten, insulted and set on fire with petrol while asleep in Nettuno, south of Rome.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and...

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