Judaism

Swastika Painted On Mass. Synagogue

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/11/16/Swastika_painted_on_Mass_synagogue/UPI-19741226878697/

Congregants at Temple Shalom in West Newton, Mass., arrived at their synagogue this weekend to see a spray-painted swastika on the sign at its entrance.

The Boston Globe reported Sunday the swastika, the common symbol of Adolf Hitler's Nazis who took...

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Spiritual Leaders to Headline 'Confronting Islamophobia And Anti-Semitism' Event

November 16, 2008

Author: Michele Dargan

Source: The Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/2008/11/16/MONislam1117.html

Rabbi Marc Schneier attended a summit of imams and rabbis last November designed to promote better understanding between the Islam and Judaism.

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, of which Schneier is president, hosted the summit and, from that, a Weekend of Twinning was...

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A Rare Imam Who Juggles Fatwas, Interfaith Confabs

November 13, 2008

Author: Ilene R. Prusher

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1113/p01s01-wome.html

Sheikh Ishaq Abdel-Jawad Taha's phone is ringing off the hook.

"You're welcome, go ahead," says Sheikh Taha, sitting behind his desk at the Palestinian Authority's Al-Fatwa Council, of which he is the director. "She's still recovering, so she doesn't have to pray," he says.

The voice on the other end of the phone is...

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Jewish Group Asks Mormons to Stop Baptizing the Dead

November 10, 2008

Author: Deepti Hajela and Jennifer Dobner

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6105314.html

Holocaust survivors said Monday they are through trying to negotiate with the Mormon church over posthumous baptisms of Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps, saying the church has repeatedly violated a 13-year-old agreement barring the practice.

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-...

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Jerusalem Mayoral Race Highlights Religious Rifts

November 10, 2008

Author: Allyn Fisher-Ilan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4A91NF20081110

An Israeli mayoral election in Jerusalem has turned the holy city into a political battleground between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Palestinians, who along with the international community do not recognize Israeli rule over occupied Arab East Jerusalem and its claim to all of the city as its capital, say they will boycott...

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Row Over Jerusalem Muslim Cemetery

November 8, 2008

Author: Wyre Davies

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7715921.stm

Religious leaders in Jerusalem are warning of dangerous consequences after a decision by Israel's Supreme Court to allow the destruction of part of an ancient Muslim cemetery.

The graveyard has not been used for more than 50 years, but contains the bodies of some important Islamic figures.

Many of those bodies will now be disturbed to make way...

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Muslims And Jews Pack Rutgers Dialogue Event

November 6, 2008

Author: Debra Rubin

Source: The New Jersey Jewish News

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In what both sides hope will be the first of many interfaith encounters, Muslims and Jews at Rutgers University packed a student lounge in New Brunswick to discuss how they view dating, religious holidays, and food prohibitions.

At the Oct. 30 program, arranged by Rutgers Hillel and the Muslim Student Association, there were male students in yarmulkes and female students...

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Interfaith Unity Urged On Campus

November 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7705413.stm

A cross-party group of Jewish and Muslim MPs are beginning a tour of English universities to promote better interfaith relations between students.

The Coexistence Trust will address tensions created on campuses by the Middle East conflict.

It aims to highlight similarities in the histories of the two communities and encourage unity...

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Bush Aide Fleischer Courts Jewish Vote for McCain

October 28, 2008

Author: Joel Millman

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122515447324574523.html

Ari Fleischer used to joust daily with skeptical reporters over controversies like the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq. These days, the former White House spokesman has taken on a new challenge: selling John McCain to Jewish voters, who usually vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

While Sen. McCain, the Republican...

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Jewish Graves in Romania Wrecked

October 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7688901.stm

Romanian authorities say up to 200 graves in the Jewish community's biggest cemetery in Bucharest have been vandalised.

A spokesman for the Jewish community, Sergiu Rogosinschi, told the Associated Press that some of the most valuable monuments in the cemetery were damaged.

More than 40,000 Jews are buried in the graveyard in south Bucharest.
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4 Face Discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day' in Chesterfield, Mo.

October 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/1239127,st-louis-jews-hit102308.article

At least four students from a suburban St. Louis middle school face punishment for allegedly hitting Jewish classmates during what they called ‘‘Hit a Jew Day.’’

The incident happened last week at Parkway West Middle School in Chesterfield.

District officials...

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