Judaism

An Interfaith Wedding Anniversary

June 25, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/179445_vcenter25.html

On June 25, 2004 Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, "Sixty-two years ago, Alice Siegal wore a powder-blue wool suit, a pillbox hat and a veil and married her sweetheart, Arthur, in the gymnasium of the Seattle Talmud Torah, a Jewish day school in the Central District. Tomorrow, she and her husband will celebrate their anniversary in the same brick-faced building. It...

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3rd Annual Youth Interfaith Camp in N.C.

June 24, 2004

Source: The Mountain Times

http://www.mountaintimes.com/mtweekly/2004/0624/interfaithcamp.php3

On June 24, 2004 The Mountain Times reported, "The third annual interfaith camp was held at Elk Shoals United Methodist Camp last week where 16 Christians, Jews and Muslims met together to learn about one another and to learn how to trust others of different faiths or beliefs. Boys from Ashe County, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Israel, Africa, Charlotte...

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Jews Consider Leaving France Due to Rising Anti-Semitism

June 22, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0622/p01s03-woeu.html

On June 22, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on rising anti-Semitism in France, because of which many French Jews are considering immigrating to Israel. The writer focused on Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris: "On a sunny summer's day in this middle-class suburb north of Paris it is not hard to imagine yourself in Israel: Jewish bookshops and kosher grocery stores line...

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Opinion: Russia Can Provide an Example for Europe of "Mutual Understanding" Between Religions

June 21, 2004

Source: Russian Information Agency Novosti

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On June 21, 2004 Russian Information Agency Novosti ran an opinion piece by political analyst Pyotr Romanov, commenting on the differences between the religious situations in the European Union and in Russia. Romanov writes, "Current religious events in the European Union and Russia coincide and differ at one and the same time. Russia has outstripped Europe in certain...

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Jews Returning to Russia from Israel Due to Economic and Security Instabilities

June 20, 2004

Source: CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/06/20/world/russianjews040620

On June 20, 2004 CBC News reported, "Thousands of the Soviet Jews who fled to Israel when the Soviet Union collapsed are beginning to return to Russia. Slowly but surely, the synagogues of Moscow are filling up again. In the late 1980s and early 1990s close to one million Soviet Jews emigrated to Israel. The Soviet Union was collapsing, Russia was in economic and social chaos and anti...

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Rome's Great Synagogue Remembers Liberation 60 Years Later

June 20, 2004

Source: JTA

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=118746

On June 20, 2004 JTA reported, "Rabbi Vittorio Della Rocca was only 11 years old at the time, but he will never forget a historic Shabbat at Rome's Great Synagogue 60 years ago this month. It was June 9, 1944 -- just five days after Allied troops had liberated the city from the Nazis. And on that first Friday night of freedom, an American Jewish chaplain led 4,000 Jews in the Shehecheyanu prayer...

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Fire at Jewish Community Centre Suspected to be Arson

June 20, 2004

Source: The Scotsman/PA News

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3091338

On June 20, 2004 PA News reported, "A suspicious fire at a Jewish community centre has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, police said today. Two Torah scrolls, hand-written parchments of the Bible and holy Jewish scriptures were also left 'torn and desecrated,' a spokesman for the centre said. Firefighters were called to reports of a blaze at the Aish centre in Hendon, north London, at...

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Report Shows Increase in "Anti-Different" Feelings; Muslims, Jews, Sikhs Are Targets

June 17, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

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On June 17, 2004 ABC News Online reported, "Developed through 69 consultations around Australia over 14 months, the [the Human Rights And Equal Opportunity Commission's 'Isma', or 'Listen', report] looks at the extent of prejudice against Arab and Muslim Australians. Commissioned after anecdotal evidence of an increase in racism in Australia since the September 11 attacks in the United States, it highlights the fear, isolation and vulnerability many...

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Interfaith Worship? Christian Groups Proceed With Caution.

June 17, 2004

Source: Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-15/10874837581663

On June 17, 2004 Grand Rapids Press reported, "Interfaith discussions are great, but pray with caution. That was the upshot of a Christian Reformed Church policy on interfaith worship adopted by the CRC Synod on Wednesday. While encouraging CRC ministers to take part in interfaith dialogue, delegates cautioned they should be 'especially discerning...

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UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Launches $180 Million Building/Renovation Project

June 17, 2004

Source: United Jewish Comunities/JTA

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=118683

On June 17, 2004 the United Jewish Comunities website posted a JTA article that reported, "Toronto's Jewish federation has launched a building project so large that one official says it will create a Jewish mini-city. Budgeted at more than $180 million, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's Tomorrow campaign, billed as the largest non-profit community development project...

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Philadelphia-Based Interfaith Group Runs Ad on Arab-Speaking TV Stations Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad features four religious progressives including Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a...

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Interfaith Group Runs Ad Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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Muslim Graves Vandalized With Neo-Nazi Graffiti

June 14, 2004

Source: ABC News Online

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131687.htm

On June 14, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "A Muslim cemetery and a village in eastern France were painted with Neo-Nazi slogans and swastikas over the weekend, prompting Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin to head to the region to speak with officials and religious representatives. More than 50 Muslim graves in a Strasbourg...

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