Judaism

Trials Begin in Two Anti-Semitism Cases, Serving as "Warning and Example"

June 15, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1118802600865

On June 15, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "The president of Belgium's main Jewish umbrella organization Wednesday welcomed the opening of two trials in anti-Semitism cases. The two trials in Antwerp – one against a 22-year-old Muslim accused of threatening a Jewish man with a knife and the other against a...

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OSCE Resolution Blocked, Arguing Wider "Xenophobia" Versus "Anti-Semitism"

June 13, 2005

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=586110

On June 13, 2005 Haaretz reported, "A conference on racism sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Cordoba, Spain failed to approve a joint declaration condemning 'racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia' yesterday after some delegates demanded that xenophobia appear before anti-Semitism in the resolution's text. Delegates from Great Britain, the...

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"Let's Talk," the First in a Series of Interfaith Conversations

June 13, 2005

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/11881016.htm

On June 13, 2005 The State reported, "About 70 people took the first step Sunday in what they hope will be a long and fruitful series of interfaith dialogues and discussions. 'Let’s Talk — An Open Community Forum on Jewish, Christian and Islamic Relations' featured a Chicago-based Muslim woman editor, as well as educators, community members and leaders from around Columbia. Meeting in...

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South Asian Muslim Scholars Tour U.S., Find Hope to Heal Divisions

June 11, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs11jun11,1,1425967.story?page=1

On June 11, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "When they arrived for a monthlong visit last month, some South Asian Muslim scholars brought with them these perceptions of the United States: It was a country ruled by the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon. It was a place where Muslims are routinely persecuted. It was a society of...

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Islamic Center of America in Dearborn Site of Rally for Religious Tolerance

June 11, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/koran11e_20050611.htm

On June 11, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "For many Michigan Muslims, the abuse of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay isn't just an affront to Islam: It's also an insult to America's tradition of tolerance. So on Friday, they rallied alongside Christians and Jews, whites and blacks, on the steps of the newly opened Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn. Under the glaring...

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Sacks and Iqbal Knighted, Leaders of Jewish and Muslim Communities

June 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4081534.stm

On June 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "Two leaders of the UK's Jewish and Muslim communities have been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, and Iqbal Sacranie, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, welcomed the recognition on behalf of their faiths. Both men have been at the forefront of promoting their respective communities. Dr Sacks has been chief rabbi since 1991 while Mr...

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Principal at Jewish School Fired for Exploring Interest in Taoism

June 10, 2005

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/articles/3287

On June 10, 2005 The Forward reported, "academic politics are often esoteric and never pretty. But in what appears to be a first, the fate of a middle-school principal in West Orange, N.J., was determined by a rabbinic debate over the definition of 'who is a Taoist.' For months, Aaron Kriegel, a pulpit rabbi in West Essex, N.J., has urged officials at Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union to fire its middle school...

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Staten Island Rabbi Blazed an Interfaith Trail with Community Days

June 10, 2005

Source: Staten Island Advance

http://www.silive.com/living/advance/index.ssf?/base/living/1118410310197790.xml

On June 10, 2005 the Staten Island Advance reported, "a leader in Staten Island's interfaith movement is leaving the borough and heading back to the pulpit. Rabbi David Katz, a longtime spiritual leader of Temple Israel Reform Congregation who was instrumental in starting the borough-wide Community Days three years ago, has taken...

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Religious Hatred Bill Reintroduced

June 9, 2005

Source: 4NI

http://www.4ni.co.uk/nationalnews.asp?id=41389

On June 9, 2005 4NI reported, "The government has published a bill aimed at protecting individuals from religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which is being reintroduced to Parliament today, would protect members of all faiths from incited hatred. The Bill would create a new offence of Incitement to Religious Hatred, which would carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. The government says...

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Pope Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism and Improve Jewish Ties to Church

June 9, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4077134.stm

On June 9, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pope Benedict XVI has met Jewish leaders for the first time since his election, saying he wants to continue improving relations between the faiths. He said he wanted to follow on from the work of his predecessor John Paul II. He spoke of what he called historical, moral and theological problems raised by the Holocaust - when millions of Jews were killed by Nazi Germany....

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Rabbi Receives Medal from Catholic Church Recognizing "Civil Courage" and Interfaith Efforts

June 9, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-rabbi9jun09,1,6715953.story?coll=la-news-religion

On June 9, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "an Orange County rabbi on Friday will receive the highest award bestowed by the Roman Catholic Church on a nonmember, in recognition of his work in bringing together Catholics and Jews. Rabbi Shelton Donnell of Temple Beth Sholom is believed to be the...

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New Dialogue Aims to Repair Christian-Jewish Relations

June 8, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0608/p15s01-lire.html?s=hns

On June 8, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In the post-9/11 world, where religion infuses events with more intensity, the demands on interfaith dialogue are rising. For American Jews and mainline Christians who have worked during the past year to renew a dormant national dialogue, the stakes are especially high. They are seeking to come to terms with major...

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Orange County Public School Graduation Moved from Megachurch After Complaints

June 8, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-saddleback8jun08,1,2612556.story?coll=la-news-state

On June 8, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "two Orange County public schools canceled this month's graduation ceremonies at a Lake Forest church after complaints they were violating the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. Marc Lipoff, a senior at Northwood High School...

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Jewish Pilgrimage to Synagogue in Arab Country Sends Message of Tolerance and Reconciliation

June 8, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050607-101657-4478r.htm

On June 8, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "They came from three continents to the festival of El Ghriba, one of Judaism's oldest synagogues, which has survived wars, pirate raids and a terrorist attack three years ago by an al Qaeda fanatic. 'El Ghriba has always been miraculous,' a bearded patriarch in a flowing robe explained amid the chant of Talmudic prayers in the...

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