Judaism

Minnesota Jews Face Cultural Challenges of Urbanization

December 15, 2004

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5137816.html

On December 15, 2004 Star Tribune reported, "in nearly a century in Minnesota, the Nudell family has gone from a single poor tinsmith from Ukraine living on Minneapolis' North Side with his nine children, to a prosperous clan with local branches in Golden Valley and Edina -- and relations scattered from sea to shining sea. According to a new study of local Jews described as the most complete and...

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Gov't Bans Broadcasts by Hizbullah on Grounds of Anti-Semitism

December 15, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,11882,1373845,00.html

On December 15, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The French government has banned broadcasts by a satellite TV channel run by the militant Hizbullah organisation on the grounds of anti-semitism. On Monday the council of state, France's highest administrative body, ordered Eutelsat, the Paris-based satellite operator, to stop transmitting programmes from al-Manar within two days...

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Jewish Immigration to Israel from France Highest in 30 Years

December 14, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15805_1.html

On December 14, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Jewish immigration to Israel from France - where anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise - has reached its highest level in more than three decades, immigration officials said Tuesday. The Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental organization, said 2,236 French Jews immigrated between January and...

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Menorah Vandalized in Nyack, NY Prompting Gathering for Religious Tolerance

December 14, 2004

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/121404/b0314menorahfolo.html

On December 14, 2004 The Journal News reported, "the vandalism of a menorah in Nyack has prompted a state assemblyman from Rockland to offer a reward and the village's mayor to plan a community gathering to promote religious tolerance... All nine bulbs in a 9-foot menorah at Veteran's Memorial Park downtown were destroyed over the weekend, said Rabbi Chaim...

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City Board Rejects Divestment Proposal in Somerville, MA

December 10, 2004

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=505006

On December 10, 2004 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Somerville lawmakers resoundingly rejected a proposal last night to divest the city’s funds from Israeli holdings, effectively ending a debate over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that had sparked controversy in recent weeks. The 9-1 vote by the city’s Board of Aldermen came five weeks after the proposal drafted by Somerville...

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Kosher Slaughterhouse Makes Changes in Response to Charges of Animal Cruelty

December 9, 2004

Source: Haaretz Daily

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/512216.html

On December 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "owners of the world's biggest kosher slaughterhouse say they will make changes to their slaughtering process after being accused of inhumane treatment of cattle by an animal rights group. Agriprocessors Inc. agreed to the changes after consulting with federal regulators and the Orthodox Union,...

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A Rabbi at Fort Lewis

December 7, 2004

Source: The News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/4282823p-4076965c.html

On December 7, 2004 The News Tribune reported, "for the first time in three years, the small number of Jews on the massive Army post – about 1 percent of 26,000 people – will have a rabbi to celebrate the holiday. Lt. Col. Avi Weiss arrived in July, and wants to reach out to Jews in the military, both active duty and retired. Part of that effort...

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Church's Divestment Policies Strain Relationships with Jewish Groups, Present Opportunities

December 6, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1206/p11s02-lire.html?s=hns

On December 6, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to use economic sanctions against certain companies doing business with Israel - namely those that profit from the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza - has set off a quiet firestorm within the American religious community. The Presbyterians' decision to consider...

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