Judaism

New York Orthodox Synagogue Forges Dialogue With Muslims

February 20, 2004

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=9080

On February 20, 2004 The Jewish Week reported, "In an era of war in the Middle East and terror and curtailed liberties at home, scores of Jews and Muslims, the old but mostly the young, gathered in the Park East Synagogue’s day school in Manhattan to thrash out prospects for bringing people of their two faiths closer... Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld noted that the larger Jewish...

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Change Among Orthodox Women Discussed at Jewish Feminist Conference

February 20, 2004

Source: United Jewish Communities

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=102913

On February 20, 2004 United Jewish Communities reported on the incremental change taking place in Orthodox religious settings to gradually provide more of a voice for women. "Those changes -- and frustration with the often-slow pace of the shifts -- were discussed this week at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance conference, held Sunday and Monday at the Hyatt Hotel over...

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NY Interfaith Concert Celebrates a Diversity of Voices

February 19, 2004

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/thursday/lifeentertainment/stories/li021904s2.shtml

On February 19, 2004 The Poughkeepsie Journal reported, "Last year, at the first Salaam-Shalom: Family Culture Fest, members of Vassar Temple and Masjiid al-Noor celebrated and shared their cultural and religious heritage through music, dance, food, storytelling, henna art and face painting. This year, on Saturday...

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Muslim Leader Calls for Jihad Against Israel

February 19, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/18/1077072711147.html?from=storyrhs

On February 19, 2004 The Age reported, "Australia's most senior Muslim called for a jihad against Israel in a sermon while visiting Lebanon last week, an Arabic-language newspaper has reported. Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali, Grand Mufti of Australia and imam of Sydney's Lakemba Mosque, also visited the leader of Hezbollah - banned in Australia as a...

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Gibson's Film Creates Communities on Dialogue

February 19, 2004

Source: US Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=150-02192004

On February 19, 2004 US Newswire reported, "Representatives of the Jewish community and several Christian denominations in the Greater Washington Area have created a dialogue guide to Mel Gibson's new film 'The Passion of the Christ.' The guide, offering a constructive approach for Christians and Jews in discussing the film, will be sent to hundreds of clergy in area...

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International Conference on Anti-Semitism to be Held in Rome

February 18, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4452_13.htm

On February 18, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "In response to the continuing surge in anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will convene an international conference on global anti-Semitism to be held in Rome. The conference was announced today by Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, after he emerged from a...

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Fans Chant Anti-Semitic Remarks at Private School Ball Game

February 16, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/07/nyregion/07bias.html?ex=1077080400&en=3df960ebb2be46d7&ei=5070

On February 16, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Basketball fans from the Trinity School, one of New York City’s elite private schools, chanted anti-Semitic slurs at a player from the rival Dalton School at a recent game, taunting him with references to gefilte fish, yarmulkes and other Jewish...

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Editorial: Europeans and Americans Divided Over Religious Freedom

February 15, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=12671

On February 15, 2004 The First Amendment Center published an editorial by Charles Haynes responding to the French ban on religious symbols in the public schools. "The head-scarf issue crystallizes the European-American divide (Belgium recently followed the French lead and moved to ban head scarves in schools; Germans are debating the issue). Most Europeans I...

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Survey Reports Two Moralities, Two Americas

February 13, 2004

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2399986

On February 13, 2004 Newhouse News Service reported that "results of a recent Zogby poll portray not only separate nations -- the blue states of the upper, outer rim that Al Gore won in 2000 and the red states of the South and heartland won by President Bush -- but also distinct moral world views... The blue states have more singles, college graduates, union members,...

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Country's First Female Rabbi at Synagogue in Rio de Janeiro

February 11, 2004

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=13764&intcategoryid=5

On February 11, 2004 JTA reported, "When Sandra Kochmann took the post of assistant rabbi at Rio de Janeiro’s largest synagogue, becoming the first female rabbi in Brazil, many Brazilian Jews dismissed her derisively as a 'Paraguayan.' In Brazil, 'Paraguayan' is commonly used to mean 'fake' due to the prodigious amount of smuggled goods, many of them knock-...

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McMaster University to Get Vegetarian/Vegan Cafeteria

February 11, 2004

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

On February 11, 2004 The Hamilton Spectator reported, "McMaster University campus should have a cafeteria where vegans and vegetarians will be able to dine by the fall of 2004. The idea for the cafeteria was first promoted by Aaron Orkin, a third-year arts and science student, who along with a friend, wanted to open a kitchen where Jewish, Hindu and Muslim students could have a place to eat where their dietary needs would be served. Orkin says, 'The cafe is not just another option for lunch but a welcoming open space where...

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Democrats Move From Skepticism to Scripture

February 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040205-120813-3550r.htm

On February 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Americans prefer at least a whiff of religion in their politicians, according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll conducted in July. Sixty-two percent of the 2,002 adults polled said the president mentions his faith in just the right amounts, compared with 14 percent who said he mentions it too much...

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