Judaism

Gandhi Grandson Forced to Quit Own Institute

January 27, 2008

Author: SRIREKHA N. CHAKRAVARTY

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/usnews/1923/

NEW YORK: Scholar, intellectual and peace activist Arun Gandhi — the fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi — has landed in an unseemly controversy for his purported anti-Semitic views expressed in a recent article he wrote for the Washington Post online. The article generated so much heat over the past few weeks among Jews across the US that Gandhi...

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New York Man Found With Pipe Bomb Stash Suspected of Targeting Synagogues

January 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: FOX News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324509,00.html

Investigators tried to determine Monday whether a man with a cache of pipe bombs and other weapons at his apartment was targeting synagogues and homes he had defaced in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a ranking police official said Monday.

Officers went to Ivan Ivanov's apartment after he reported being shot on...

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Germany Warns Jewish Community of Terror Threat from Lebanon

January 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz/DPA

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/946424.html

German security authorities have issued a warning to the Jewish community of an increased threat of terrorist attack emanating from Lebanon, a senior Jewish official said Sunday.

Stefan Kramer, general secretary of the Central Council of German Jews, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) the warning had been received more than a week ago, on January 11.
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Spate of Vandalism in Jewish Melbourne

January 18, 2008

Author: NAOMI LEVIN

Source: The Australian Jewish News

http://www.ajn.com.au/news/news.asp?pgID=4791

MELBOURNE’S Jewish community was preyed on last weekend with a synagogue, two eateries and a local phone box all targeted by vandals.

Caulfield Hebrew Congregation (CHC), one of Melbourne’s largest and most prominent synagogues, and Caulfield North’s kosher Park Grill Restaurant were daubed with swastikas.

In...

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9 Jewish Leaders Say E-Mail Spread Lies About Obama

January 16, 2008

Author: JAMES BARRON

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/us/politics/16letter.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Jewish+Leaders+Obama&oref=slogin

The leaders of nine Jewish groups released an open letter on Tuesday condemning what they called “hateful e-mails” that they said spread lies about Senator Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and his intentions.

The...

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Faith Group Knocks Timing of Nevada Caucuses

January 15, 2008

Author: Foon Rhee

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/faith_group_kno.html

There's been quite a bit of talk about the Nevada caucuses and how it added diversity to the presidential nomination process by holding them earlier in the calendar.

But the Democratic and Republican parties apparently forgot one group in scheduling the caucuses on Saturday...

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Jewish Cemetery Vandalized; 4 Arrested

January 10, 2008

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.thenewstribune.com/tacoma/24hour/religion/story/250926.html

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Four teenagers were arrested and charged with vandalizing a Jewish cemetery where hundreds of headstones were toppled, authorities said Thursday. The damage did not appear to be a bias crime, they said.

About 500 headstones at the Poile Zedek Cemetery were toppled or broken apart the evening of Jan. 4. Three nights earlier,...

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Jewish Chaplain to Discuss Guiding Troops at Synagogue

January 4, 2008

Author: Jeff Brumley

Source: Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/010508/met_231652843.shtml

Rabbi Jeremy Steinberg has a lot going on.

Married and the father of nine, Steinberg, 48, is a computer programmer, systems analyst and software consultant. He's an expert on Jewish history and is preparing to begin doctoral studies in Hebrew linguistics and biblical exegesis.

Oh, and he's...

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Latkes and Vodka: Immigrants from the former Soviet Union are Transforming Jewish Life in Germany

January 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10424406

IN 1938 Julius Schoeps's parents did what many German Jews who were prescient or lucky did at the time: they left. They went to Sweden, where Julius's father worked as an archivist. Julius was born there in 1942.

Then in 1947 Mr Schoeps did something few German Jews did at the time. He went back, followed by his...

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A Minority Finds its Place in the Mainstream

January 2, 2008

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/moviestv/story/241565.html

You don’t have to be Jewish to love “The Jewish Americans.”

The six-hour documentary, airing three consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9 on WNED, does a magnificent job of explaining the history of American Jews.

Beginning with the 23 Jews who fled Brazil in 1654 for New Amsterdam and working forward to today’s Jews, the...

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60 Years on, Jewish Soldiers say they Feel Secure in German Army

December 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz/DPA

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/940160.html

Unthinkable for many Jews, Gideon Roemer-Hillebrecht is a staff officer in the German armed forces. He says he feels more secure there than "outside" because the armed forces tries to nip any indications of anti-Semitism in the bud.

Roemer-Hillebrecht dons his skullcap for prayers and on special occasions when he wears his army uniform. But he hides his...

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