Judaism

Past Arizona Synagogue and Church Finds Finds Future with Jewish Historical Society

October 17, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

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On October 17, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that the Arizona Jewish Historical Society has purchased and will restore a 1921 structure that was formerly a synagogue before being converted to a Baptist church. The building, which was owned by Iglesia Bautista Central until the congregation recently outgrew the facilities, maintains many of the characteristics of its former synagogue years, down to the curtain...

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Disagreement Over Judicial Structure Threatens Sharon's Coalition

October 17, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.17/news7.split.html

On October 17, 2003 Forward reported that "a sweeping plan to restructure Israel's religious infrastructure took a big step forward last week, delighting liberals but presenting Prime Minister Sharon with his first major coalition crisis. The Cabinet voted 18 to 3 to dissolve the Religious Affairs Ministry, a major stronghold of rabbinic and Orthodox political patronage, and reassign...

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ADL Comments on World Reaction to Malaysian Prime Minister's Speech

October 17, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4375_13.htm

On October 17, 2003 Anti-Defamation League released a statement that "expressed appreciation to those countries and leaders who strongly condemned the vehemently anti-Semitic speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before the summit of the Organization of Islamic Countries, but called those who acquiesced or were silent in their reaction to the speech, 'willingly complicit in...

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Anti-Defamation League Calls Easterbrook's Apology "Insufficient"

October 17, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/4374_12.htm

On October 17, 2003 Anti-Defamation League stated that "today's mea culpa by New Republic Senior Editor Gregg Easterbrook for his anti-Semitic writings on the Hollywood film industry was 'insufficient,' and called on Easterbrook and the magazine to make a clear statement of apology. " Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement that " by injecting religion into his criticism...

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Denison University Sukkah Educates Students on Religious Diversity

October 12, 2003

Source: The Advocate

http://www.newarkadvocate.com/news/stories/20031012/localnews/440969.html

On October 12, 2003 The Advocate reported that students at Denison University campus have built a sukkah as part of the Jewish Sukkot holiday. The Festival of Sukkot begins on the fifth day after Yom Kippur and lasts for seven days, and Denison University Jewish students build a sukkah every year in order to heighten awareness of Jewish traditions....

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New Zealand an "Oasis from Anti-Semitism"; Attracts Jewish Immigrants

October 10, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=86288

On October 10, 2003 the United Jewish Communities, Federations of North America, posted an article from The Jewish Week on the attempts of the Jewish community in Auckland, New Zealand, to recruit new immigrants: "The city’s largest synagogue and the B’nai B’rith chapter in recent years have launched separate campaigns to attract Jewish immigrants from overseas,...

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ADL Urges Greek Government to Condemn Anti-Semitic Vandalism

October 10, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4368_13.htm

On October 10, 2003 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a statement urging Greek government officials "to denounce and investigate a recent anti-Semitic attack on a Holocaust memorial.  Vandals desecrated the Memorial dedicated to the thousands of Greek Jews who perished during the Holocaust, located in a 13th century Jewish cemetery in the northwestern city of Ioannina, with slogans...

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Fasting Helps Diverse Faiths "Focus on the Spirit"

October 7, 2003

Source: Alameda Times-Star

http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E1549%257E1679937,00.html

On October 7, 2003 Alameda Times-Star took the Jewish Festival of Yom Kippur as an occasion to describe the ritual of fasting in many religions. The article notes that "fasting has traditionally had a part in many religious traditions... Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fast on the first Sunday of every month. Muslims fast...

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Shi'ite Theology School Teaches About Abrahamic Faiths

October 7, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1007/p01s04-woiq.html

On October 7, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported on a school in Iraq teaching about the three Abrahamic faiths: "Founded six months ago by a Shiite scholar, the institution bills itself as the Arab world's only school of theology, teaching Muslim, Christian, and Judaic texts...About 250 students of all ages have descended on the experimental school in search of a broader...

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Albany Schools Close for Jewish High Holidays

October 6, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1065441420308040.xml

On October 6, 2003 The Oregonian reported that the Outdoor School, a school specializing in outdoor programming for middle schoolers, is just one of the Oregon educational programs puzzling over how to handle scheduling issues as student populations become increasingly diverse. The latest session of the five-day environmental program...

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New York Photographic Exhibit Portrays Jewish Lives in 40 Countries

October 6, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1065437711241530.xml

On October 6, 2003 The Plain Dealer ran an Associated Press article on a New York City photograph exhibit of Jewish lives: "It began with a single photograph - a small child running down a back alley in Jerusalem, wearing an angel costume as part of the festivities to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim. For French...

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Easton Synagogues Receive Anti-Semitic Hate Mail

October 4, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-8/10652583

On October 4, 2003 The Express-Times reported that two Jewish synagogues in Easton have recently received ant-semitic hate mail and threats. Rabbi Jonathan Gerard received a letter on the eve of Rosh Hoshanah saying that "The truth is really getting out and there's nothing you can do to stop it." More violent threats were sent to his synagogue,...

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In Crowded New York, Williamsburg Hasidic Community Struggles to Build Eruv

October 3, 2003

Source: Maariv

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1075

On October 3, 2003 Maariv described an ongoing dispute in the Williamsburg Hasidic Community over an eruv—the area in which observant Jews are allowed to carry possessions during the Sabbath, when no work is allowed. According to the article, the eruv is a particular problem in New York City , as "the Halacha forbids any eruv in a public place where over 600,000 people pass by over the course of a...

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Synagogues Adapt their Worship for Broader Appeal

September 28, 2003

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/09/28ky/wir-front-services

On September 28, 2003 The Courier Journal reported "amid local and national worries that the Jewish population is stagnating, aging, tuning out to religion and intermarrying with non-Jews at high rates, synagogues are offering broader menus of worship styles. The Temple and Adath Jeshurun, for example, offered services during this weekend's New Year'...

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Synagogues Offering New Forms of Worship

September 28, 2003

Source: The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/09/28ky/wir-front-services0928-12863.html

On September 28, 2003 The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) reported that "amid local and national worries that the Jewish population is stagnating, aging, tuning out to religion and intermarrying with non-Jews at high rates,...synagogues are offering broader menus of worship styles. The Temple and Adath...

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