Judaism

Interfaith Group Backs Out of Troy National Day of Prayer

April 9, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3172872

On April 9, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "an interfaith group that originally asked to be included in a National Day of Prayer ceremony at Troy City Hall says it's backing out. The group says the reason is that the National Day of Prayer Task Force is an exclusively Christian organization. The interfaith group also includes Hindus, Muslims, Jews and members of other religions. An...

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American Jewish Congress Launches Campaign to Counter Divestment Efforts

April 8, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/164/story_16425_1.html

On April 8, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "The American Jewish Congress (AJC), an advocacy group, has launched a campaign to counteract an effort by some church groups divesting from companies that do business in Israel. The divestment effort, which has been spearheaded by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other church groups that are...

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Jews and Muslims Share Seder Meal

April 5, 2005

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pseder04apr04,0,2818375.story

On April 5, 2005 the Sun Sentinel reported, "the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover served as the backdrop Sunday afternoon for bringing Jews and Muslims together to better understand each other's faiths. About 25 Muslims gathered with about 75 Jews at Temple Torah west of Boynton Beach to learn about the Seder, the holiday meal...

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Update: Foreign Ministry Condemns Petition Calling for Ban of Jewish Organizations

April 5, 2005

Source: MosNews

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2005/04/05/fmantisemit.shtml

On April 5, 2005 MosNews reported, "Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Yakovenko, called the letter signed by thousands of well-known Russian public figures and church officials seeking to ban Jewish organizations an attempt to spoil the relationship between Russia and Israel.

He said such attempts are 'inadmissible, no matter from what side they are performed' and...

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Jewish Community Relations Council Statement on the Passing of Pope John Paul II

April 4, 2005

Source: The Jewish Community Relations Council

http://www.jcrcboston.org/news.htm#JCRC%20Extends%20Its%20Condolences%20On%20The%20Passing%20Of%20Pope%20John%20Paul%20II

On April 4, 2005 The Jewish Community Relations Council reported, "The Jewish Community Relations Council, the public affairs arm of the Greater Boston Jewish Community today released a statement offering condolences to the Roman...

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50,000 Sign Petition to Ban Jewish Groups

April 3, 2005

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/560399.html

On April 3, 2005 Haaretz reported, "Some 50,000 well known public figures and church officials in Russia have signed a petition asking the country's state prosecution to ban Jewish groups, Army Radio reported Sunday.

The petition uses quotations from an abridged guide to Jewish law, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, to support its contention that Judaism is 'an extremist and racist ethnicity that...

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Indian Group Recognized to be Descended from Ancient Israelites

April 1, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/163/story_16373_1.html

On April 1, 2005 United Press International reported, "A chief rabbi in Israel has determined members of India's Bnei Menashe community are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has dispatched a team of rabbinical judges to formally convert them to Orthodox Jewry so they can immigrate to Israel under the Law of...

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Supreme Court Accepts Non-Orthodox Conversions

March 31, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/163/story_16354_1.html

On March 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Supreme Court on Thursday granted recognition to non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism partly performed in Israel, capping a six-year legal battle with a sharp blow to the country's Orthodox monopoly over religious affairs. The decision drew harsh condemnation from the rabbinical establishment...

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