Judaism

Pres. Bush Attends Menorah Lighting Ceremony

December 23, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20031222-1540-bush-hanukkah.html

On December 23, 2003 The Associated Press reported, "At a menorah lighting ceremony Monday at the White House, President Bush prayed for Americans serving in the U.S. armed forces and expressed his hope that all people who live under oppression will one day be free. 'We hope and pray that all who live under tyranny, will see their day of...

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Lieberman Calls for Greater Role of Religion in Public Life

December 23, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/24/politics/campaigns/24TRAI.html

On December 23, 2003 The New York Times reported, "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut called on Tuesday for strengthening the role of religion in public life and took a veiled swipe at Howard Dean, who has run a steadfastly secular campaign. 'I know that some people believe that faith has no place in the so-called public square,' said Mr. Lieberman, an...

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Catholic and Jewish Leaders Call for an End to Middle East Conflict

December 22, 2003

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2003/03-242.htm

On December 22, 2003 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported that delegates of The National Council of Synagogues and The U.S. Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs met on December 11, 2003, at St. Marys Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD to discuss their concern for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-...

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Magazine Editor Publishes "Guide to Jewish Italy," Covers Little-Known Rural Sites

December 21, 2003

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=13592&intcategoryid=2#

On December 21, 2003 JTA reported, "Twenty years ago, an Italian television channel hired Annie Sacerdoti, a Jewish writer and editor in Milan, to produce a documentary about Jewish history in Italy’s northern Lombardy region... In small provincial towns around the region, she found Jewish cemeteries abandoned to the elements and deserted synagogues...

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In Long Island, Muslims, Jews and Christians Share Sacred Space

December 21, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/21/nyregion/21LONG.html

On December 21, 2003 The New York Times reported on Protestant churches on Long Island that have opened their doors to Jewish congregations. The Times notes that "for Protestant congregations burdened with high costs of maintaining churches, renting out space - to other faiths, or, more commonly, to other Protestant denominations - has become crucial to making ends meet... But the...

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Man Charged in California Synagogue Arson

December 20, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20031220-9999_1mi20arson.html

On December 20, 2003 The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Manuel Tescorena Renteria, 26, was charged Thursday with one count of malicious damage in connection to an Oct. 11 arson fire at a Carmel Valley synagogue. The front wooden doors, stucco exterior, stained glass and office were damaged at the 820-member Congregation Beth...

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Hannukah Adapts to American Culture

December 19, 2003

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=63246

On December 19, 2003 KATU News printed an article by the Associated Press on the increased popularity of Hannukah in America. Hannukah is a minor Jewish holiday compared to Rosh Hashana, Passover and Yom Kippur, and was traditionally celebrated by lighting a menorah, or candelabra, for eight nights. Children received coins - real or chocolate - called gelt, as gifts. These trends "changed in the United States when...

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Non-Christians Embrace Christmas in WA

December 19, 2003

Source: The Bellingham Herald

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On December 19, 2003 The Bellingham Herald reported on how Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and Pagans celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Interviews reveal that many local Sikhs exchange gifts, that some local Muslims put up Christmas trees, and that Jews sometimes celebrate secular Christmas along with Hannukah. Pagan celebrationsoften involve time for introspection and a ritual commemorating the winter solstice.

Jews Volunteer on Christmas

December 19, 2003

Source: Religion and Ethics News Weekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week716/profile.html

On December 19, 2003 the Religion and Ethics News Weekly reported on Jewish volunteers who are carrying out a tradition of doing good deeds while giving Christians the day off on Christmas. At the D.C. Jewish Community Center in Washington, DC, the annual December 25 community service project registers hundreds of Jewish volunteers to work throughout the...

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Palm Beach Women Sue Over Nativity Scene

December 18, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12368

On December 18, 2003 The Associated Press reported, "Two women are seeking a federal court order to overrule a town's refusal to allow a Nativity scene to be displayed alongside a Christmas tree and menorah in a town park. Maureen Donnell and Fern deNarvaez filed a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, arguing the town's policy violates their rights to...

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Akron Interfaith Group Promotes Tolerance

December 18, 2003

Source: Akron Leader

http://www.akron.com/20031218/FPAGE/spread.htm

On December 18, 2003 the Akron Leader reported on the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC), an organization of leaders and lay people representing 20 houses of worship that promotes understanding and religious tolerance.Christians from Unitarian Universalist, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Baptist churches are represented, as are members of Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist houses...

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Holocaust Survivor's Hannukah Banner Burned in CA

December 17, 2003

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/co_valley/article/0,1375,VCS_166_2511597,0.htm

On December 17, 2003 the Ventura County Star reported that "members of the Conejo Valley's Jewish community gathered Tuesday afternoon to support a Holocaust survivor whose Hanukkah flag was burned this past weekend in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Victoria Monina, 71, had hung a flag decorated...

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