Judaism

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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Five Twin Cities Women Become Buddhist Priests

November 12, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/389/4203928.html

On November 12, 2003 the Star Tribune reported that "five Twin Cities women -- mothers, career women, friends and students of Zen Buddhism -- are taking vows to become Buddhist priests. Following the ceremony they will be student priests, and after about five more years of study they will be fully licensed Zen priests, able to lead their communities and recognized by the state as clergy who...

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Europeans Disagree About Mentioning Religious Heritage in Constitution

November 12, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/international/europe/12LETT.html?ex=10

On November 12, 2003 The New York Times reported that "added to all the other divisions bedeviling what is called the European project are disputes over whether God and Christianity ought to be inserted into the draft of the European constitution, from which both are now excluded...Ultimately, the question is how best to give expression to European...

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Immigration Minister Says Pluralism Must Prevail in Multicultural Quebec

November 6, 2003

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=1752

On November 6, 2003 The Canadian Jewish News reported, "Ethnic communities have nothing to prove to anyone about belonging in Quebec, the provincial minister of immigration and relations with citizens has told Canadian Jewish Congress. David Birnbaum, executive director of Congress’ Quebec region (CJC-Q), said he welcomed Michelle Courchesne’s comments, which she made during recent...

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Jewish Scholars Want Religion Question on U.S. Census

October 31, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/news12.njps.html

On October 31, 2003 Forward reported that "Jewish researchers frustrated with the trouble-plagued National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 are calling for a question on religion to be added to the decennial United States Census. Bucking the Jewish community's historic opposition to government inquiries on religion, three leading scholars now say it may be the only way to count Jews...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/living1.html

On October 31, 2003 Forward published an article on Jewish "witches," or individuals who "have a strong sense of Jewish identity but also practice magic, cast spells and tend to identify with 'goddess-directed' worship. Their beliefs run the gamut from strict monotheists to those who worship a pantheon of goddesses... their numbers could be in the hundreds. In September, Jewitchery.com site...

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Jewish Inmate Wins Right to Eat Kosher Meals

October 30, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=2806

On October 30, 2003 Associated Press reported that " a Jewish man serving a life sentence in prison for murder won the right to kosher meals in a settlement with the Florida Department of Corrections on Tuesday. Alan J. Cotton, 58, filed a civil lawsuit in September 2002, charging that his Orthodox Jewish dietary requirements were not being met by the Everglades Correctional Institution. "

FBI Crime Report Shows Decrease in Hate Crimes

October 27, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCr_51/4386_51.htm

On October 27, 2003 Anti-Defamation League reported that "the annual FBI crime report released today indicated that hate crimes across the country declined from record high levels of 2001...The 2002 FBI hate crime data, released today and collected under the mandate of the 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA), documented 7,462 hate crimes – an almost 23 percent decrease from the 9,730...

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Hancock Park Residents File Suit Over Jewish "House of Worship"

October 26, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-hancock26oct26,1,3825451.story?coll=la-news-religion

On October 26, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Orthodox Jews use of a residentially zoned house in upscale Hancock Park as a synagogue, and their plan to build another nearby, have prompted area residents to file suit... A long-running legal battle continues over Etz Chaim's right to...

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Fire Destroys New Synagogue in Queens

October 24, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=8593

On October 24, 2003 The Jewish Week reported that Agudith Israel, the newest synagogue in Far Rockaway, was destroyed in what may be a case of arson. "A suspicious fire on Saturday morning, on Shemini Atzeret, broke out in the women’s section of the one-story brick building on a residential side street, ruining the interior and damaging the just-completed structure. '...

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