Judaism

New Synagogue Signals Growth in Wal-Mart’s Home Town

June 20, 2006

Source: religionandsocialpolicy.org/The New York Times

http://www.religionandsocialpolicy.org/news/article_print.cfm?id=4433

On June 20, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Residents of Benton County, in the northwest corner of Arkansas, are proud citizens of the Bible Belt. At last count, they filled 39 Baptist, 27 United Methodist and 20 Assembly of God churches. For decades, a local hospital has begun meetings with a reading from the New Testament...

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Nonsectarian Prayer Restrictions Result in Debate Among Chaplains

June 19, 2006

Source: TheState.com

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/14851031.htm

On June 19, 2006 TheState.com reported, "Could Jesus be getting the boot from the military?

That’s a concern of some evangelical and fundamentalist Christian military chaplains.

They believe they’re being restricted from 'praying their conscience' at gatherings where troops of different faiths might attend, says the Rev. Billy Baugham, executive...

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More Than 100 People Attend First Annual Interfaith Picnic in Murrieta

June 18, 2006

Source: The Valley News

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On June 18, 2006 The Valley News reported, "More than 100 people attended the Southwest Riverside County Interfaith Council first annual Interfaith Picnic Saturday, June 3. Held in Murrieta at the Washington Picnic Pavilion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dinner was potluck. Activities included musical presentations, games and youth of different faiths talking about activities they do in their churches. 'The picnic was great,'...

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Iran Home to Many Faiths, Despite Extremist Wishes

June 18, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/17/AR2006061700824.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 18, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The legend describes one cloud of dust chasing another across the epic desert landscape. Arab horsemen were gaining on the Iranian princess, it is said, when she reached the looming cliffs, slipped into a seam in the rock...

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Fremont Gurdwara Has Van Custom-Built For Transporting Scriptures

June 14, 2006

Source: SikhNet/Mercury News

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/69EABDB3FA1E02EB8725718D006E48CD

On June 14, 2006 Mercury News reported, "The Sikhs in Fremont have a new van. It's a gleaming white Ford that seats 12. But this is no ordinary $33,000 vehicle. It transports the community's holiest document, the Guru Granth Sahib, from the majestic onion-domed temple at the foot of the East Bay hills to people's homes for...

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Israel's Chief Rabbi Advocates for China to Recognize Judaism

June 13, 2006

Source: IsraelNN.com

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On June 13, 2006 IsraelNN.com reported, "Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel and Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, urged China to extend official state recognition to Judaism. As of now, the Chinese state officially recognizes Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Taoism and Islam. In addition, the rabbi called upon China to restore a Shanghai synagogue, Ohel Rachel, which is currently used for government offices. Rabbi Amar said, 'I have come here to strengthen the...

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Religious Leaders Call for End to Torture in New York Times Ad

June 13, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

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On June 13, 2006 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, "Today, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) ran a full-page advertisement on the op-ed pages of the New York Times calling for the elimination of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment as part of U.S. policy. The ad is signed by 27 religious leaders, including Nobel laureates Pres. Jimmy Carter and Elie Weisel, and Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior...

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Castro Valley High School Holds 6th Annual Interfaith Baccalaureate Service

June 12, 2006

Source: The Argus

[insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3927184]

On June 12, 2006 The Argus reported, "Before Elsa Castillo participated in the school's Challenge Day this year, she wasn't too comfortable sharing her personal life with a complete stranger — especially at school. But after that day — an interpersonal program designed to help students share with their peers things about their families, cultures and personal lives — her eyes were opened to a brave new world. 'After that day, they weren't strangers anymore,'...

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Interfaith Peacemaking Project Launched in Pasadena

June 10, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs10jun10,1,533523.story

On June 10, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The buttoned-down Episcopalian minister was the first to stand up and introduce himself. Then came a Jew wearing a yarmulke. Then a Palestinian Christian attired in black clericals. Next, a Muslim cloaked in an aqua hijab.

On and on they went, 50 people representing three faiths, their clothing a...

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Diverse Group of Religious Leaders and Organizations Protests Torture

June 8, 2006

Source: Click On Detroit

Wire Service: AP

[clickondetroit.com/news/9340398/detail.html]

On June 8, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "American evangelical, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders are calling for an end to U.S. policies that allow torture of prisoners. Clergy signing the statement of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture include the Rev. Rick Warren, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Rev. Ted Haggard and Rabbi David Saperstein. Other signers include former...

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Interfaith Peace Walk Held in North Philly

June 5, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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On June 5, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "By appearance, by culture and by religion, the differences among the 300 people in sneakers gathered yesterday outside a North Philadelphia mosque were clear-cut. As they prepared to walk more than three miles to promote peace, however, they were reminded of their Scripture-based similarities - an instruction to pursue love and justice. 'The truth is not what we see with our eyes and hear with...

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Opinion: "Indonesia's City of Soul Mourns" by Irfan Yusuf

May 30, 2006

Source: alt.muslim

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On May 30, 2006 alt.muslim published a piece by Irfan Yusuf, a lawyer, writer and occasional lecturer based in Sydney, Australia: "If you wish to discover the real spirit of Indonesia, you need to look beyond the beaches and nightclubs of Bali. You also have to look beyond the traffic jams of Jakarta or the art deco conference halls of Bandung. Indonesia's real cultural and spiritual heart is Jogja. Like their Aussie neighbours in the global village, Indonesians...

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Dalai Lama to Represent Buddhism at European Commission Interfaith Meeting in Brussels

May 29, 2006

Source: Phayul.com

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On May 29, 2006 Phayul.com reported, "The Dalai Lama will represent Buddhism at an interfaith discussion in Brussels tomorrow. Representatives from various faiths will meet in Brussels to participate in a discussion on 'fundamental rights and mutual respect.' Federal Chancellor Schussel, the President in office of the European Council, and Commission President Barroso will interact with leading representatives of world faiths during the discussion that is scheduled...

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