Judaism

NY Gov Speaks at Hamptons Synagogue Seeking Eruv

August 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newsday.com

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--paterson-eruv0802aug02,0,127800.story

Gov. David Paterson pleaded for religious tolerance Saturday during a speech at a Long Island synagogue.

The governor made his remarks to an Orthodox congregation in Westhampton Beach that is trying to win village approval to erect a symbolic enclosure called an...

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Faith Groups Push Minimum Wage Hike to $10

July 31, 2008

Author: Ashly McGlone

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16188

A nonpartisan coalition of more than 90 faith, community, labor and business organizations has launched an ambitious "$10 in 2010" campaign to raise the federal minimum wage within two years.

The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign announced the "$10 in 2010" crusade with support from various denominations, including American Baptist...

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Anti-Semitic Incidents 'Rise 9%'

July 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7534243.stm

There was a 9% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the UK in the first half of 2008 compared with the same period last year, a charity has reported.

There were 266 incidents up to June, compared with 244 last year, according to the Community Security Trust (CST).

Some 166 were incidents of abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, hate mail and anti-...

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Religious Coexistence Promoted in Children's Book

July 30, 2008

Author: Sharon J. Doyle

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=27170

Was there ever a "once upon a time" when we were more tolerant and open towards those we perceive as different?

There was a golden age in Spain 1,000 years ago when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in mutual harmony. Now, however, there are indications of an increasing global intolerance within and between nations. We are...

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American Jews Predicted to Vote Democrat by Significant Margin

July 24, 2008

Author: Ewen MacAskill and Daniel Nasaw

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/24/barackobama.uselections2008

American Jewish leaders yesterday predicted a big turnout among Jews in November's presidential election in favour of Barack Obama, in spite of suspicions about his views on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council,...

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Pope Benedict XVI Meets Non-Christian Leaders

July 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Australian

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Leaders of non-Christian faiths have met Pope Benedict XVI, who hailed the shared moral values of the world's major religions.

About 20 religious leaders from the Jewish, Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist communities gathered to meet the Pope and the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell in the Chapter Hall at St Mary's Cathedral this morning.

The meeting came hours before the main...

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Birthright Program Sends Young Jews to Israel on Group Trips, Free of Charge

July 12, 2008

Author: David Haldane

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs12-2008jul12,0,4601464.story

Ben Narynski recently flew home to a place he'd never been.

"It's like a hometown to me," the Fullerton resident said of the country he traversed by bus with 39 other young adults and a medic carrying a gun.

Visible from the vehicle's windows were the olive orchards...

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South Asian Students Sample U.S. Religions

July 11, 2008

Author: Tim Johnson

Source: Burlington Free Press

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080711/NEWS02/807110310/1007/NEWS02

For a tour showcasing "religious pluralism" in the Burlington area, the first stop was appropriate enough: the First Unitarian Universalist Society, which not only embraces a diversity of faiths, but displays their symbols on the walls of its sanctuary....

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Universities Struggle to Keep the Faith

July 11, 2008

Author: Louise Brown

Source: The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/Religion/article/458352

There is nowhere for Muslims to pray at McGill; the Montreal university shut the prayer room three years ago, arguing religious space has no place on a secular campus.

But at the University of Toronto, Muslims and anyone else who wants to pray between class can choose from among more than eight prayer rooms, including four at the airy new...

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Wisconsin Rabbi to Aid in Ugandans’ Conversion

July 5, 2008

Author: Tom Heinen

Source: Journal-Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=769262

Villagers in eastern Uganda who adopted Jewish beliefs and rituals on their own nearly a century ago will continue their faith journey next week with help from a Milwaukee-area rabbi.

Rabbi Jacob Herber, president of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, will leave for Uganda on Sunday to attend the installation of the first black rabbi in sub-Saharan...

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Jewish School is Cleared of Bias

July 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7487776.stm

A Jewish school has been cleared of an accusation that its entry criteria racially discriminated against an 11-year-old boy it refused to admit.

The JFS in north-west London rejected him because his mother was not regarded as Jewish, the High Court heard.

The boy - named in court only as M - has a Jewish father. His...

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French Muslim, Jewish Leaders Unite to Encourage Religious Tolerance

June 25, 2008

Author: Lisa Bryant

Source: VOA News

http://voanews.com/english/2008-06-25-voa30.cfm

Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, both located in France, have just elected new leaders Sunday, who both vow to make their faiths more tolerant and open to non-believers. From Paris, Lisa Bryant reports the two men assume their new jobs under difficult conditions.

Mohammed Moussaoui, the head of France's Representative Muslim Council and Gilles...

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London Summit on Jewish Refugees

June 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7469745.stm

Jewish groups from around the world are meeting in London to highlight the plight of Jews who left their homes in Arab nations after Israel was founded.

The conference organisers, Justice for Jews, say they want to ensure the story of Jewish refugees is told, alongside that of Palestinians.

The American-based group says around 850,000 Jews...

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