Major German Synagogue Reopened

August 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


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


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


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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Hebrew Charter School Spurs Dispute in Florida

August 24, 2007


Source: The New York Times


HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Aug. 23 — The new public school at 2620 Hollywood Boulevard stands out despite its plain gray facade. Called the Ben Gamla Charter School, it is run by an Orthodox rabbi, serves kosher lunches and concentrates on teaching Hebrew.

About 400 students started classes at...

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"India's Jews," a Commentary by Gary Weiss

August 18, 2007

Author: Gary Weiss

Source: Forbe's


There's no question that India's secularism is under strain. Militant Hinduism remains as much a potent force as extremist Islam. The ongoing bloodletting in Kashmir is an open sore, and the periodic spasms of communal violence in Gujarat, combined with memories of the Mumbai bombings of 2006, have led to...

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ADL Local Leader Fired on Armenian Issue

August 18, 2007

Author: Keith O'Brien

Source: The Boston Globe


The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in...

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Holiday Task Force Accused of Insensitivity

August 10, 2007


Source: Coloradoan


The city's Holiday Display Task Force was created to address issues of religious diversity when it comes to holiday displays on city property.

One task force member found it ironic, therefore, and somewhat offensive that one of the task force meetings would fall on the Jewish New Year,...

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Israel Shaken After Religious Troops Refuse Orders

August 7, 2007

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: AFP


JERUSALEM, Aug 7: Israel plunged into bitter debate over the source of authority for many of its soldiers on Tuesday after a group of troops refused orders to evacuate hardline Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The four-hour operation early on Tuesday in the flashpoint town of Hebron sparked fiery rhetoric over the future of the Jewish state's army after a dozen...

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Religious Suit Wins $300,000 Award

July 24, 2007


Source: St. Petersburg Times


TAMPA - A former pharmacist at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center has won a $300,000 federal jury award against the Department of Veterans Affairs over an allegation of religious discrimination.

Lynne C. Krop, 45, of Clear-water said during a four-day trial that ended Thursday in U.S....

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Stir Over Priest's 'Anti-Semitic Remarks'

July 13, 2007

Author: Adam Easton

Source: BBC News


Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, 62, allegedly called the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, a "swindler" who had bowed to pressure from the Jewish lobby to compensate people for property lost during and after World War II.

The comments came to light last week after the weekly magazine, Wprost, published excerpts and subsequently a tape, from a private lecture it said the...

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Orthodox Town Grows Fast in N.Y.

July 6, 2007

Source: JTA.org


An Orthodox Jewish town about an hour from Manhattan grew faster than any other community in New York state from 2000 to 2006.

Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, grew by 51 percent in six years, to 20,071 residents from 13,273, according to census data published in The New York Times. In absolute terms, only New York City added more residents during that period.

After Kiryas Joel, founded in 1977 by...

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British PM Appoints Rabbi

July 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA


Britain's new prime minister appointed Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger to his Cabinet.

Neuberger will advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues relating to the voluntary sector, especially in the arena of public health services, the area on which she speaks for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

The appointment was announced over the...

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