Judaism

Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 10, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 10, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release stating that "the Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam Al-Marayati, was invited by Los Angeles City Mayor James Hahn, Assistant Chief of Police for LAPD Jim McDonnel, and Councilman Jack Weiss to participate in a press conference announcing the arrest of a suspect for the arson attacks against a church, a Bahai temple, and synagogues in Encino,...

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Update: Mother's Day in Multifaith America

May 10, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/05/10/loc_faithmatters10.html

On May 10, 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that "Mothers play an important part in the world's religions, such as the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus; Yocheved, Moses' mother who puts him in an ark on the Nile to save his life; and Khadijah, the Mother of Believers in Islam... In the Hindu tradition, a mother is a goddess, as is the case of both Bharat...

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Editorial: Religious Pluralism in America

May 10, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/10/il/il42a.html

On May 10, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser printed an editorial by Robert Ganung stating that "it is almost impossible for me to write about spiritual matters without referring to my spiritual master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Although I am from another religious tradition (United Methodist minister), this gentle Zen monk from Vietnam has influenced my spiritual journey...

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Update: Debates Continue over The Workplace Religious Freedom Act

May 9, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On May 9, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that a "broad coalition of religious groups is pushing a bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but civil liberties groups are concerned the bill could be used to increase on-the-job proselytizing... The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sen. Rick Santorum, (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), would force employers to '...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-8.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial detailing the history and activities of Temple Beth El, "a major regional center of Conservative Judaism [located in Portland, Maine]... With the hiring of Rabbi Carolyn Braun in 1995, Temple Beth El became the largest conservative synagogue in the nation to be led by a woman. The addition of Cantor Ruth Ross and...

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Multifaith Community in San Diego, CA

May 8, 2003

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 8, 2003 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Harvard scholar Diana Eck calls America the most religiously diverse nation in the world – and San Diego is no different, home to faiths ranging from Baha'i to Wicca... Here is a look at representatives from four of these other faiths – a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Jew. They talk about their devotion to their beliefs – and how they feel about attempts to convert them."

Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 8, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 8, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "on Wednesday, May 7, an Encino synagogue was the fourth house of worship to be set on fire in 11 days. Los Angeles police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes and believe that they have been committed by a single arsonist. The attack on the synagogue follows three other Los Angeles area attacks on an Iranian synagogue, a Bahai community center and a Presbyterian church."

Interfaith Group in Nebraska Gather for Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

May 8, 2003

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http ://w ww.journalstar.com/local.php?story_id=44413

On May 8, 2003 the Lincoln Journal Star reported that "prayers by people of many faiths marked the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Thursday at The Cornhusker hotel... More than 360 people attended the event. The theme this year was 'Let There be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me...' The event included prayers and comments by Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the Rev. Steve Ratzlaff of the Lincoln Mennonite Church,...

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New Program in Los Angeles to Foster Tolerance

May 6, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 6, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "city officials, human rights groups and religious leaders have joined forces to promote a new program fostering tolerance in the Los Angeles area, particularly at schools, organizers announced Monday... As part of the campaign, local high schools will hold six of seven forums designed to create communitywide dialogue on diversity and tolerance. The sessions, titled 'Confronting Hate Crimes and Hate Language,' will feature a panel including Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and African...

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Tel Aviv University Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Acts in 12 Years

May 6, 2003

Source: ADL.org

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4259_13.asp

On May 6, 2003 ADL.org reported that "The year 2002 witnessed the highest number of violent anti-Semitic acts in more than 12 years, according to Tel Aviv University's annual report, Anti-Semitism Worldwide 2002/3, the country-by-country survey published in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the World Jewish Congress. A total of 311 violent anti-Semitic attacks were reported in 2002, among them...

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Editorial: the Federal Government and the Construction of Religious Centers

May 5, 2003

Source: Oregon Live

http ://w ww.oregonlive.com/public_commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1052049473241131.xml

On May 5, 2003 Oregon Live printed an editorial by Patrick Korten stating that "sadly, local governments throughout the United States have gotten into the habit of using just about any excuse to prevent the construction, remodeling or expansion of churches, synagogues and other religious buildings... Sometimes the excuses are just silly, as when the Town of Bedford, New York, turned down a zoning...

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Accommodations for Joe Lieberman

May 2, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct--lieberman-sabbath0502may02,0,2274388.story

On May 2, 2003 Newsday reported that "in his bid for the presidency, Democrat Joe Lieberman must fit his schedule around one of the observances of his Jewish faith: He cannot campaign from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday... While these Sabbath restrictions create scheduling hurdles for the White House hopeful and his...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

May 2, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/0/039991-4390-P.html

On May 2, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "the Christians prayed, and so did Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Bahais, for one nation under God, indivisible... But they did so in separate services Thursday honoring the National Day of Prayer, challenging the very meaning of an observance meant to unite all Americans... At noon, an estimated 125 people gathered for an hourlong service on the...

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