Judaism

Small But Coherent Tokyo Jewish Community Has 50-Year History

November 28, 2003

Source: Jewish Times

http://www.jewishtimes.com/News/3505.stm

On November 28, 2003 the Jewish Times ran a feature article on the Jewish community in Tokyo: "Flexibility and tolerance has been a theme at the center, known simply as the Jewish Community of Japan, for 50 years. 'We do not describe ourselves as Conservative or Reform or Orthodox, but simply as Jewish,' says the community's president, Daniel Turk...'We had to find a way to live together, pray together and fight...

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ADL Calls for Release of European Anti-Semitism Study

November 25, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4414_13.htm

On November 25, 2003 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that stated, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged the President of the European Commission to press for the release of a long-awaited study of anti-Semitism in Europe. The report was commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) following a peak in anti-Semitic activity in early 2002, but...

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Opinion: Synagogue Bombings an Attack on Hope and Tolerance

November 17, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/story/0,12700,1086870,00.html

On November 17, 2003 The Guardian [UK] ran an opinion piece by Fiachra Gibbons, an author currently writing a book on minorities in the Ottoman empire, in which she argued that the synagogue bombings in Turkey were an attack on tolerance itself. She writes, "The Jews of Turkey, and the survival of their precious and unique culture, are one of the few enduring examples of...

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Columbia Interfaith Center Ignites Controversy

November 16, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-te.ho.messianic16nov16,0,1473065.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

On November 16, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "Columbia's four interfaith centers embody the planned community's vision of bringing together diverse groups, providing a place to worship in a tolerant environment. More than 5,000 congregants - including Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and...

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Editorial: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Needs to Rediscover Compassion

November 16, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/7269886.htm

On November 16, 2003 the Star-Telegram published an editorial by Akbar S. Ahmed on the need to improve the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations. Ahmed writes, "A historical conjunction of factors has created a global situation where several world civilizations feel simultaneously besieged and where hatred and anger readily turn into violence. Perhaps what makes all this even more dangerous is...

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Photos Capture Religious Diversity in the City of Angels

November 15, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs15nov15,1,4138019.story?coll=la-headlines-california

On November 15, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported on the book "Sacred Spaces: Historic Houses of Worship in the City of Angels," a collection published this month of 54 photographs by Los Angeles architectural photographer Robert Berger. In preparing the collection, Berger "visited more than 300...

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World Leaders Condemn Turkish Synagogue Bombings

November 15, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3273559.stm

On November 15, 2003 the BBC News reported that "the Istanbul synagogue bombings have triggered international condemnation - and the Turkish prime minister called them an 'attack against humanity.' Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cutting short a visit to Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, said the bombings targeted Turkey's 'stability and peace.'" The article went on to quote statements of condemnation from the leaders of...

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Director of Interfaith Affairs Resigns from Anti-Defamation League

November 14, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=8709

On November 14, 2003 The Jewish Week reported that "in an unexpected development that could set back relations between Jews and other faiths, Dr. Eugene Korn, who has been making national headlines criticizing Mel Gibson’s controversial Jesus movie, is no longer director of interfaith affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. It is the second departure of a national...

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At Oklahoma State University, Hillel Program Targets Diversity

November 14, 2003

Source: The Daily Barometer

http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/14/3fb50806cf01f

On November 14, 2003 The Daily Barometer reported on the Hillel chapter currently serving Jewish students at Oklahoma State University. Attempting to keep meals kosher and scheduling important events around meaningful holidays are some of the groups primary concerns. Yet increasingly, the OSU Hillel is aiming to educate students on the presence of...

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A World Between: New York Hasids Navigate Secular Life

November 14, 2003

Source: Maariv

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1134

On November 14, 2003 Maariv reported on "the complexity of leaving ultra-orthodox communities in New York. On top of the enormous challenges and identity crisis this metamorphosis entails, unbelievers have to face life in a big and difficult metropolis, often without any support, advice or outside assistance. Unlike in Israel, where there are support centers and organizations for such people, as...

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In Rhode Island, Nation's Oldest Synagogue Awarded Government Funds

November 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2003/nov/13/111305619.html

On November 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the nation's oldest synagogue will receive a $375,000 grant under a new government policy allowing religious institutions to qualify for historic preservation funds. Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1763. Until this year, historically significant structures used for religious purposes...

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Response to Removal of Judge Roy Moore From Post

November 13, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/RelChStSep_90/4403_90.htm

On November 13, 2003 Anti-Defamation League reported that they "welcomed the decision by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary to remove Roy Moore from his position as Alabama's Chief Justice.� The Court ruled unanimously that Justice Moore should be removed because of his outright defiance of a federal court order directing him to remove a huge granite monument of the Ten Commandments...

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