Judaism

Jewish-Muslim Comedy Duo Seeks to Ease Tensions

January 9, 2004

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1879839,00.html

On January 9, 2004 the Denver Post ran a feature article on a Jewish-Muslim comedy team seeking to ease relations between the two groups: "These two are professional comedians. And after they ate, they set about their unique mission: easing that tension through laughter. On a day when Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian activist, and the Palestinian prime minister threatened...

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CAIR-Canada Condemns Anti-Semitic Article in Muslim Newspaper

January 9, 2004

Source: CNews

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNews/2004/01/09/309061-cp.html

On January 9, 2004 CNews reported, "Muslims with an anti-discrimination group on Friday condemned an article in a B.C. newspaper that accused Jews of faking the Holocaust and staging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 'I think the article is just atrocious, it's certainly hateful. I would certainly call it vile and malicious and serves only to scapegoat the Jewish community,' said...

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ADL Commends Urban Outfitters for Discontinuing Offensive T-Shirt

January 9, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4438_41.htm

On January 9, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, " The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended Urban Outfitters, Inc. for its decision to discontinue production of a t-shirt that perpetuates an ethnic stereotype of Jews. The clothing item, part of a line of ethnic t-shirts, featured the language EVERYONE LOVES A JEWISH GIRL surrounded by dollar signs.  The...

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Jewish Pioneers Helped Stabilize and Settle Urban Areas on Western Frontier

January 9, 2004

Source: The Record-Courier

http://www.recordcourier.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040109/OPINION /401090202

On January 9, 2004 The Record-Courier ran a feature article on the role of Jewish pioneers in settling the western frontier, "The search for religious freedom and economic success played a big part in the settlement of the western frontier. When word of the California gold strike spread like wildfire in 1849, it unleashed a...

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Pittsburg Concert Will Give Preview of Vatican Interfaith Concert

January 8, 2004

Source: Valley News Dispatch

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/lifestyles/s_173629.h tml

On January 8, 2004 the Valley News Dispatch reported, "Music's power to heal and inspire is about to have a worldwide stage...World-renowned conductor Gilbert Levine, known as 'the Pope's maestro,' will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in what promises to be a historic concert, carrying a theme of reconciliation, celebrating the silver jubilee...

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ADL Applauds Decision to Continue European Seminar on Anti-Semitism

January 7, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4437_13.htm

On January 7, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the decision by the European Commission to reinstate a seminar on anti-Semitism in Europe, tentatively scheduled to take place in February. In a statement issued today, Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, indicated that he was willing to move...

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Orthodox Synagogue Sues Over Freedom of Worship in MA

January 6, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/01/06/synagogue_sues_newton_after_standoff/

On January 6, 2004 The Boston Globe reported that Orthodox congregants at Beth Menachem Chabad in Newton, Mass. have been holding Jewish services four, sometimes five times a week for the past three weeks in defiance of city officials' orders. "Spurred by neighbors' complaints of traffic...

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Religion and Politics

January 5, 2004

Source: Religion Link

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/010504/010504a.shtml

On January 5, 2004 Religion Link reported, "A year from now, and after untold campaign speeches and news stories, the United States will either have a new president, or voters will have returned George W. Bush to the White House for a second term. But the next 12 months will feature more than the usual intense campaigning. Experts say that more than perhaps any other...

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CA Islamic Center Aids Iranian Quake Victims

January 4, 2004

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/7631118.htm

On January 4, 2004 the Contra Costa Times reported that 200 people gathered at Islamic center in Oakland for an interfaith service for victims of the earthquake in Bam, Iran. Speakers came from Temple Sinai and Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, the Islamic center and the Oakland Coalition of Congregations. In the past week, the Islamic center has raised $86,000 as well as...

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Is this Tolerance?

January 4, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-op-skube4jan04,1,3032143.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 4, 2004 the Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Michael Skube on religion and tolerance: "If religion gives lives meaning — and for billions it does — it does not always bring us peace and mutual understanding. In France, President Jacques Chirac wants no large crucifixes, no skullcaps...

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Ohio Locals Embrace Diversity and Mysticism

January 4, 2004

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer

http ://w ww.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/107296383830590.xml

On January 4, 2004 The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, "All over Northeast Ohio, in secular institutions and in Episcopal, United Methodist, Congregational, Baptist and Catholic settings, spiritual seekers are rediscovering the path of the labyrinth as a source of reflection... Northeast Ohioans seeking ways to stay spiritually centered in 2004 have plenty of options. Silent retreats, meditation...

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Philadelphia Synagogue Leases Space to Muslim School

January 3, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20040103muslimschoollocal7p7.asp

On January 3, 2004 The Associated Press reported on Congregation Beth T'Fillah of Overbrook Park, a synagogue currently leasing out its classroom space to NSA Educational Learning Center, a small Muslim school for pre-kindergartners through eighth graders in its second year of operation. "The partnership between the school and synagogue, perhaps a model...

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For Many, New Year's is not a Secular Holiday

January 3, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs3jan03,1,2771185.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 3, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that members of the Konko Church of Los Angeles celebrated the new year with a purifying ceremony using elements of an ancient Japanese ritual "aimed at clearing out the negative energies of the past... Although New Year's Day has become a secular...

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