Judaism

Religious Leaders Open their Arms, Altars for Ceremonies to Continue

June 17, 2008

Author: David Smith

Source: The Boston Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1445001~Religious_leaders_open_their_arms__altars_for_ceremonies_to_continue.html

Much of the attention about this week’s same-sex weddings is focused on City Hall, but churches and other religious centers are also gearing up for the festivities.

On Friday, Congregation Sherith Israel on California Street...

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Zimbabwe: 'Jews to Be Airlifted Out'

June 13, 2008

Author: Ralph Mutema

Source: The Zimbabwe Guardian

http://allafrica.com/stories/200806130212.html

A MISSION to airlift some members of the Zimbabwean Jewish community to Israel is alleged to have been launched by the Jewish Agency, according to a report published in the Jewish Chronicle.

"Staff have spoken individually to every member of the 350-strong community and are believed to be making arrangements for their removal at short notice,"...

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Jewish Community Leader Re-Ignites Religious Identity Debate in Argentina

June 12, 2008

Author: Jeannette Neumann

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/19878964.html?location_refer=World

The first Orthodox man elected to head Argentina's largest Jewish organization took office Thursday amid an angry debate over religious and cultural identity.

Guillermo Borger tried to dispel fears that he would favor Orthodox Jews and their beliefs during his...

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Jewish General To Pilot Evangelical-Friendly Air Force

June 12, 2008

Author: Marc Perelman

Source: The Jewish Daily Forward

http://www.forward.com/articles/13574/

When he was a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in the early 1970s, Norton Schwartz did not hide his religion under his blue-and-white uniform.

A member of the academy’s Jewish choir before graduating in 1973, according to one of his classmates, Schwartz has since risen up the ranks and on June 9 was appointed Air Force chief by...

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Muslim Leaders Affirm Saudi King's Interfaith Effort

June 6, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15791

Hundreds of Muslim leaders from around the world have endorsed Saudi King Abdullah's recent call for intensified interfaith dialogue in order to dampen global conflict and demonstrate Islam's commitment to solving world problems.

The declaration came on Friday (June 6) at the close of a three-day conference in Islam's holy city...

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Religious Tolerance Flourishes on Tunisia's Djerba Island

June 6, 2008

Author: Jamel Arfaoui

Source: Magharebia

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/reportage/2008/06/06/reportage-01

Eliza Wazzen was playing in the middle of the school yard with her cousin Gael and friend Ahlam Chehibi when scores of visitors appeared. The children didn't understand anything about what was going on around them or why all these strangers were taking pictures. For Eliza...

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Jewish Voters Could Tip Battleground States

June 4, 2008

Author: David Jackson and Ken Dilanian

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-06-04-jewish-voters_N.htm

When Republican John McCain talks about going after Democratic votes, his calculus includes a key group: Jewish voters. He has advisers reaching out to the community and takes counsel from friends such as Sen. Joe Lieberman. Barack Obama, meanwhile, is trying to assure Jewish voters...

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Jesters of Different Faiths Use Laughs to Bridge the Divide

May 31, 2008

Author: Marek Fuchs

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/us/31religion.html?_r=1&em&ex=1212379200&en=93d9f037fa917cc8&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

The Jewish comedian began with a routine about raising adolescents. “There was a reason Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac at 12 and not 13,” he said. “At 13, it wouldn’t have been a sacrifice....

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Road Wasn't Easy for First Woman to be President of Dallas Synagogue

May 31, 2008

Author: Harriet P. Gross

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-relpresident_31met.ART.East.Edition1.4663d65.html

When Jean Sturman tells you, with a wry smile, that next month she'll mark "the 50th anniversary of my 29th birthday," you're not surprised to learn she has four sons, eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters...

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