Judaism

Ahmadinejad's Day One in New York: A Hostile Reception, a Rambling Talk

September 25, 2007

Author: Anthony Faiola and Robin Wright

Source: The Washigton Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/24/AR2007092400168.html

Greeted by large protests and jabs from local politicians and U.S. presidential candidates, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced a public skewering Monday at the first stop of his three-day trip here: As he prepared to deliver a speech at Columbia University, the...

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Sikh Coalition Files Amicus Brief in Anti-Semitic Work Environment Case

September 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/CutlerBrief.htm

The Sikh Coalition filed an amicus brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court arguing that workplace slurs such as “dirty Jew” violate New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. In February, an appeals court held in Cutler v. Dorn that such slurs simply amount to lawful “teasing” and “pranks.”

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Swastika Daubed on Synagogue in Germany on Rosh Hashana Eve

September 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/903639.html

A swastika and other graffiti were found smeared on the exterior of a synagogue in western Germany, police said Thursday.

The graffiti - which included the words Germany to the Germans scrawled next to the swastika - apparently were daubed using chocolate on the outside wall of the synagogue in Paderborn on...

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A Shul Grows in Dixie -- Insha'Allah

September 14, 2007

Author: James Freedman

Source: Jewish Journal

http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=18207

With Wal-Mart attracting a huge number of minority religious groups to Arkansas, it is not surprising that Fayetteville is becoming increasingly diverse.

And while this ongoing change is felt in many ways, the most distinct may be the recent push by Temple Shalom to build the first synagogue in the history of the city, and the fact that...

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Israel Prepares for 'Fallow' New Year

September 12, 2007

Author: Martin Asser

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6991870.stm

In a place where who owns the land can literally be a life or death issue, a remarkable thing happens this week.

Thousands of Israeli farmers willingly sign their land over to rabbis, who then sell it to Palestinian Arabs for just a handful of shekels.

It is not some massive u-turn by the Zionist movement, but rather a convenient...

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Board: Charter School Can Teach Hebrew

September 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Hebrew-Charter-School.html

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A charter school may resume teaching in Hebrew, three weeks after the lessons were halted over concerns the Jewish faith was seeping into public classrooms, the school board voted Tuesday.

Broward County board members said close monitoring of...

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Georgia Women Charged With Temple Threats

September 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WGCL Atlanta

http://www.cbs46.com/news/14089554/detail.html

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A mother and daughter from Georgia have been charged with threatening to blow up an upstate New York Jewish temple during a prayer service.

Peggy Davidson, 44, and her mother, Judy Overby, 74, both of McDonough, Ga., were charged with felony falsely reporting an incident and misdemeanor disruption of a religious service.

Syracuse...

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Study Finds U.S. Jews Distance Selves from Israel

September 6, 2007

Author: Michael Conlon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0439419520070906

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Young U.S. non-Orthodox Jews are becoming increasingly lukewarm if not alienated in their support for Israel in a trend that is not likely to be reversed, according to a study released on Thursday.

Blending into U.S. society, including marriage to non-Jews and a tendency to look on Judaism more in...

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Three Indicted on Charges Connected with Attack on Oslo Synagogue

September 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/900901.html

Three men have been indicted on charges connected with an attack on an Oslo synagogue or plotting to attack the U.S. or Israeli embassies in the Norwegian capital, the national prosecutor said Monday.

All charges related to the cases were dropped against a fourth man, said prosecutor Kristine Rise. He had been...

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Anti-Semitic Symbols Deface Synagogue, Bus

September 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buffalo News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buffalonews.com/nationalworld/state/story/154164.html

PLANDOME (AP) — Vandals scrawled swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on the side of a Long Island synagogue, school bus and house, police said.

Grafitti found Saturday on the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Plandome, as well as on a school...

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Major German Synagogue Reopened

August 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6971778.stm

Germany's biggest synagogue has reopened in a special ceremony attended by political leaders and Holocaust survivors from around the world.

The building in the east of Berlin, topped with a stunning blue dome, has been described as one of the jewels of Germany's Jewish community.

The place of worship was built more than one hundred years ago.
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Jewish, Armenian Leaders Strive for Healing

August 30, 2007

Author: April Simpson

Source: Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/08/30/jewish_armenian_leaders_strive_for_healing/

Political and religious leaders from the Jewish and Armenian communities will launch a concerted effort today to heal rifts opened by complaints that the Anti-Defamation League did not recognize Armenian genocide.

The leaders will join survivors of both the...

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Rabbi Says Township is Violating his Religious Freedom

August 28, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--rabbi-zoning0828aug28,0,7007898.story

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A New Jersey rabbi has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the township where he lives, saying local officials are conducting an illegal surveillance of his house and restricting his right to...

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