Judaism

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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Interfaith 'Inreach' in a Conservative Setting

May 30, 2008

Author: Martha Moody Jacobs

Source: The Observer

http://www.jewishdayton.org/page.html?ArticleID=177135

A few years ago, when Beth Abraham Synagogue member Steven Fraim was undergoing conversion to Judaism, Rabbi Bernard Barsky told him about training to become a Keruv (outreach) consultant.

Keruv, a project of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, grapples with the issue of how Conservative Judaism should respond to interfaith...

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Interfaith Pep Rally for Israel Rocks the Forum

May 29, 2008

Author: Brad A. Greenberg

Source: Jewish Journal

http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/interfaith_pep_rally_for_israel_rocks_the_forum_20080528/

Karen Lyons kept smacking my leg and acting as if she was going to jump out of her seat. She's a church-going Christian from Pacific Palisades, married to a temple-attending Jew, and she's prone to such reactions when asked why she loves Israel...

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Bahrain Names Jewish Woman as Ambassador to US

May 29, 2008

Author: Reem Khalifa

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008May29/0,4670,BahrainJewishAmbassador,00.html

Bahrain's king has appointed a woman believed to be the Arab world's first Jewish ambassador as the country's envoy to Washington.

Lawmaker Houda Nonoo said she was proud to serve her country "first of all as a Bahraini," adding she was not chosen for...

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International: Saudi King Extends Invite to Jews for Interfaith Meet

May 26, 2008

Author: Shlomo Shamir

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/987206.html

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has sent an invitation to the World Jewish Congress for an interfaith dialogue with Muslim and Christian leaders, Haaretz has learned.

While the date and location of the meeting has not been announced, sources have told Haaretz that King Abdullah seeks to hold the meet in Saudi Arabia, no small feat as the country is ruled by...

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Raid on Slaughterhouse May Mean Shortage of Kosher Meat

May 22, 2008

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/21/AR2008052102471.html

A huge immigration raid last week on the country's largest kosher slaughterhouse could have a substantial impact on the thousands of Jews who follow Jewish dietary laws, as well as on non-Jews who purchase kosher meat.

The Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, is one...

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As Obama Heads to Florida, Many of its Jews Have Doubts

May 22, 2008

Author: JODI KANTOR

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/us/politics/22jewish.html

At the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club on Sunday, the fountains were burbling, the man-made lakes were shining, and Shirley Weitz and Ruth Grossman were debating why Jews in this gated neighborhood of airy retirement homes feel so much trepidation about Senator Barack Obama.

“The people here, liberal people, will not vote...

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Jewish Population on the Increase

May 21, 2008

Author: Robert Pigott

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7411877.stm

The UK's Jewish population is growing for the first time since World War II, research suggests.

The rise appears to be due to a growth in the size of ultra-orthodox Jewish families, according to researchers at the University of Manchester.

The population fell to a historic low of 275,000 in 2005, but that figure has since increased to 280,000 in 2008...

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Germany Jails Attacker of Rabbi

May 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7410180.stm

A German court has jailed a Muslim of Afghan origin for three and a half years for stabbing an Orthodox Jewish rabbi in the stomach in the street.

The court in the south-western city of Frankfurt convicted Sajed Aziz, 23, of grievous bodily harm.

Witnesses said he had shouted anti-Semitic insults at the victim, Rabbi Zalman Gurevitch, 43.

The...

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Hull Cemetery Section Reserved for Couples with Jewish and Non-Jewish Partners

May 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hull/news/x1192322062/Hull-cemetery-section-reserved-for-couples-with-Jewish-and-non-Jewish-partners

An area of land at Hull Village Cemetery with space for 50 graves will be reserved for use by mixed faith couples involving a Jewish and non-Jewish partner.

Selectmen this week voted to...

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New York Imam Forges Close Ties with City's Jews

May 16, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL1319001520080516

New York's largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) on East 96th Street in Manhattan, is getting applause from an unexpected quarter -- the city's influential Jewish community.

Rabbis who've spoken there call it an open and welcoming community. The Jewish Theological Seminary and the ICC are planning a joint soup...

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First Hindu-Jewish Summit Report Available

May 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/5/14.shtml#3

The World Council of Religious Leaders has released the final report of the first Hindu leadership summit and meeting with Jewish leaders in Delhi last year. The report (18MB in size) can be downloaded at the URL above until May 21, 2008.

[http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=TDJaZ281bWdlcEkwTVE9PQ]

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Muslim and Jewish Students Win Advanced Degrees from Catholic Union

May 14, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-interfaithmay15,0,439350.story

As a teen, Sarah Bier traveled from Chicago to Israel to learn more about Judaism. But her journey to the Holy Land, marred by religious violence from beginning to end, ultimately led her to explore other faiths as well.

Syafa Almirzanah chose to pursue similar studies after growing tensions...

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