Judaism

Sikh Prisoners in California Ordered to Remove Turbans and Cut Hair

November 9, 2005

Source: India Post

http://www.indiapost.com/members/story.php?story_id=5107

On November 9, 2005 India Post reported, "Two California prisons, Solano State Prison and San Quentin State Prison, have disallowed its Sikh prisoners from wearing any head covering, including a dastaar [turban]. The prisons have also punished the Sikh prisoners for refusing to comply with orders to cut their hair. California Code of Regulations § 3062(e), which governs prison inmate...

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Seattle Interfaith Group Raises Money for Pakistani Earthquake Victims

November 9, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/eastsidenews/2002612366_dinner09m.html

On November 9, 2005 The Seattle Times reported, "What began here four years ago as a modest idea � to understand different faiths a little better � has grown, gained momentum, and now faces an urgent mission: get help while there's still time to survivors of the Pakistani earthquake.

On Sunday, local Muslim, Christian and Jewish...

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Hillsborough School Board Reverses Decision

November 9, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/11/09/Hillsborough/Board_reverses_field_.shtml

On November 9, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "After listening to passionate speeches about God, country, children and tradition, the Hillsborough School Board restored several religious holidays to next year's school calendar, reversing a 2-week-old decision that garnered national attention. By a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, the board...

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Istanbul Forum Focuses on Interfaith Cooperation in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia

November 8, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2005/11/08/feature-01

On November 8, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Religious figures must promote peace and conciliation, not conflict, Christian, Muslim and Jewish spiritual leaders said Monday (7 November) at the start of a three-day conference in Istanbul. The forum...

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Opinion: “We Are Each Other’s Business” by Eboo Patel

November 7, 2005

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4989625

On November 7, 2005 NPR ran an opinion piece by Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization fostering the international interfaith youth movement. "I am an American Muslim. I believe in pluralism. In the Holy Qur'an, God tells us, 'I created you into diverse nations and tribes that you may come to know one another.' I believe...

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Opinion: “Religious Observances Should be Respected”

November 6, 2005

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBT0HZJOFE.html

On November 6, 2005 The Tampa Tribune ran an opinion peice by Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the board for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "The Council on American- Islamic Relations, which has been at the forefront of the Muslim community's efforts to have Islamic religious holidays accommodated, is disappointed at the [Hillsborough County School Board's] decision to ban all religious holidays,...

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Louisville’s 10th Annual Festival of Faiths to Celebrate America’s Plurality

November 5, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/living/religion/13078168.htm

On November 5, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and National Council of Churches general secretary Bob Edgar are among those coming to Louisville for its 10th annual Festival of Faiths. The eight-day festival, which unites people of all faiths, includes about a dozen events, including a...

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Hillsborough School Board Votes to Remove All Religious Holidays from Calendar

October 26, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/10/26/Hillsborough/School_calendar_will_.shtml

On October 26, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Nearly a year after local Muslims first asked that an Islamic holiday be recognized by the school district - just like Yom Kippur for Jews and Good Friday for Christians - board members voted to end vacation days for all religious holidays. The board approved a 2006-07 calendar that...

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Texas Interfaith Disaster Response Helps Resettle Katrina Evacuees

October 25, 2005

Source: Disaster News Network

http://www.disasternews.net/news/news.php?articleid=2927

On October 25, 2005 the Disaster News Network reported, "'Resettlement is a long process,' said Amy Elder, co-coordinator of the newly-formed Texas Interfaith Disaster Response (TIDR) in Austin. 'I really believe the hardest work is yet to come.' Elder volunteered to help lead the interfaith group at a recent meeting of the central Texas chapter of Voluntary Organizations Active...

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Textbook Aims to Teach the Bible from a Neutral Standpoint

October 24, 2005

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05297/593949.stm

On October 24, 2005 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported "'The Bible and Its Influence,' [a new textbook] is intended to introduce high school students to the Bible and show its impact on literature, art and social movements. It delves into biblical references in Shakespeare and 'promised land' imagery in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. It can be used for an elective...

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Interfaith Icebreakers Bring Together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Teens

October 24, 2005

Source: Daily Breeze

http://www.dailybreeze.com/today/articles/1821616.html

On October 24, 2005 the Daily Breeze reported, "[Over 50] teenage Jews, Christians and Muslims [began an interfaith gathering in the community room of Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach by playing games such as] Mingle-Mingle-Mingle, the object being to shake hands with as many people as possible. The occasion was the Interfaith Youth Icebreaker sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council,...

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