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Faith-Based Environmental Activism

April 25, 2003

Source: The Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/2/038372-8262-102.html

On April 25, 2003 The Indy Star reported that "in a world in which religious identities too often divide, the Rev. Bob Edgar believes working to protect the environment might be one of the few places where faithful people can find unity... As general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ, Edgar is traveling the country promoting faith-based environmental...

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Lubavitch Movement Seeking to Establish School in Jasper

April 22, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

On April 22, 2003 the Star Tribune reported that "Jasper, a southwestern Minnesota town of a half-dozen churches and fewer than 600 people, may become home to a residential school for Orthodox Jewish boys... Lubavitch Yeshiva, with more than 30 high-school and rabbinical students, is seeking to acquire the old Jasper School... The worldwide Lubavitch movement is known for its strict religious observance, outreach to other Jews and conservative attire--dark suits, broad-brimmed hats and beards for...

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Maryland Interfaith Panel Focuses on Peace

April 18, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 18, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "as images and news about the war in Iraq have loomed in recent weeks, Howard County religious leaders have been focusing on messages of peace... Members of many area churches and synagogues have been straddling the fine line between support for U.S. troops overseas and discussing whether the war is just. Whether their members have supported the war or opposed military action, many congregations simply prayed for a peaceful and just resolution... Bon Secours Spiritual Center in...

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Religious Celebrations Rich in Food

April 18, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 18, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "last weekend, members of a small East Side congregation blended Jewish and Christian practices into a Holy Week/Passover worship ceremony that ended with a feast -- a springtime tradition of both faiths... The Church of God and Saints of Christ began with evening worship on Palm Sunday, followed by a Passover Seder, or festive meal... Celebrations in many other faiths are festivals rich in food, but not just at springtime... Bahais hold communal meetings every 19 days....

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Lieberman's Fund-Raising Campaign Stalls

April 18, 2003

Source: Hartford Courant

On April 18, 2003 the Hartford Courant reported that "there's a distinctively Jewish wrinkle to Joe Lieberman's latest fund-raising report: Hundreds of donors sent dollar amounts that were multiples of 18, considered a Jewish lucky number... Trouble was, there were not enough of those contributors to make Lieberman look as good as some expected he would... The Connecticut Democrat raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2003, a dismal sum compared with other major candidates. Perhaps more troubling for his 2004 presidential bid,...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

April 17, 2003

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/tsp/news/local/03/apr/0413duelingprayers.php

On April 17, 2003 The Star Press reported that "the plan had been to unite the community in a moment of prayer. But organizers of Muncie's [IN] observance of the National Day of Prayer said they just couldn't imagine Jewish and Muslim prayers being offered at the May 1 ceremony at Muncie City Hall... 'We're praying in the name of the Father Creator, Jesus...

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Editorial: the Hate Crime Label

April 17, 2003

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/04/17/terrorist_act/index_np.html

On April 17, 2003 Salon.com printed an editorial by Eric Boehlert stating that "last summer... a Muslim immigrant by the name of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet... approached the ticket counter of the Israeli-run El Al airline at Los Angeles International Airport... and opened fire... Six weeks later... a Jewish podiatrist by the name of Dr. Robert Goldstein... was...

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Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0416story4_news.shtml

On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

April 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2003/04/14/news.0414-HT-A6_PJR27254.sto

On April 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a Christian-centered prayer service at Muncie's [IN] city hall excluding other faiths has prompted plans for a rival interfaith gathering for the same day and place... Unitarian Universalist minister Thomas Perchlik said he regrets that the May 1 observation of the National Day of Prayer...

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Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld of Harvard Hillel Leads All-women's Seder

April 12, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On April 12, 2003 the Boston Globe published an interview with Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld in which she discussed the participation of women in the ritual of Seder. The article reported that "While attending an Israeli Seder years ago, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld started to read a blessing. An Orthodox man, declaring that it violated religious law for a woman's voice to be heard at the Passover meal, covered his ears and sang while she spoke. For years, women typically were left with tasks such as cooking for the Seder but were denied...

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Keeping Kosher in Contemporary Society

April 12, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

On April 12, 2003 the Star Tribune reported that "in today's society, keeping kosher is a matter of degrees for some Jews... And Rabbi Zeilingold, who is orthodox, said he applauds any effort toward keeping kosher, even something as simple as not having a glass of milk with your hamburger and fries... It's complicated, especially to non-Jews or those who have not practiced it all of their lives. The Hebrew word 'kosher' itself does not refer specifically to food, said Rabbi Asher Zeilingold, director of UM Kosher, a kosher certification...

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