Judaism

Californian Muslims Organize International Fair

March 14, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6271004p-7224953c.html

On March 14, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "This Saturday, the many worlds of Islam will be on display at Masjid Annur Islamic Center [in CA]. American Muslims of Pakistani, Egyptian, Saudi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Malaysian, Libyan and Moroccan descent, among others, will re-create an international bazaar with an array of unique clothes, artwork, videos and...

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Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in New York

March 14, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/nyregion/14NYC.html

On March 14, 2003 The New York Times reported that "[Jews met Muslims] in Morningside Heights [NY] two nights ago... there was no avoiding the religious fault lines that were exposed... The setting was the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a leading Islamic scholar, spoke for an hour about his religion's past, present and future. Given the time constraints, you could...

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Update: Democratic Congressman Moran Apologizes to Jewish Groups

March 13, 2003

Source: ADL

http://www.adl.org/Anti_semitism/moran.asp

On March 13, 2003 ADL reported that "ADL leaders across the country have spoken out, calling the congressman’s statements 'outrageous, offensive and baseless.' National leaders and regional directors have responded on the airwaves and in print with the message that crude appeals to anti-Semitism are unacceptable and un-American. ADL’s Washington Regional Office made clear in a letter to Rep. Moran that his...

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Reflections about Being Muslim in Maryland

March 13, 2003

Source: The Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-md.muslims13mar13.story

On March 13, 2003 The Sun reported that "members of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland... closed its 5-year-old day care center, which once tended to as many as 25 children, because of lingering concerns by parents and staff about a telephoned threat last year... The incidents, under FBI investigation, have occurred as other Muslim communities in the state have reported problems that they believe are...

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Update: Democratic Congressman Moran Apologizes to Jewish Groups

March 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17878-2003Mar12.html

On March 13, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Republicans have seized on the assertion of Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.) that Jews are determining American policy toward Iraq as a new weapon in the GOP's long-term effort to attract traditionally Democratic Jewish voters and donors... House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) told a group of more than 150...

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Choice of Hispanic Scapegoat Raises Concern in Small Iowa Town

March 11, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 11, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "for a small town (Hull, Iowa), it was an unusual crime: a gas station robbed, two teens shot. The suspect? An unnamed Hispanic male... Suddenly, a ripple of fear rolled through the area's small but growing Latino community as longtime residents shook their heads and pointed fingers... But when the two white youths who were wounded confessed in court last month that they had invented the story after shooting themselves, both in the left shoulder, and taking $1,800 from the register,...

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Increases in Religious Buildings in West Omaha

March 4, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 4, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "West Omaha is undergoing a wave of religious building as churches expand to match the suburban population growth and a demand for better facilities... More than $ 25 million has been committed to projects either finished in recent years or under way. The cost of further expansions and new houses of worship in high-profile suburban locations could easily surpass $ 50million... The rate of construction is a strong sign of progress in Omaha, considering the current economic...

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Jewish and Catholic Join Hands in Interfaith Program in Florida

March 3, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pinterfaith03mar03,0,4961514.story?coll=sfla%2Dnews%2Dpalm

On March 3, 2003 South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "friendly exchanges between the congregations of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where [Monsignor John] McMahon is pastor, and [Rabbi Merle] Singer's Temple Beth El began 17 years ago with an interfaith...

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Role of Military Chaplains

March 3, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 3, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the chaplain in all U.S. military services is an officer and a full member of the armed forces. No matter what his or her rank, even if it is general or admiral, he or she is addressed simply as chaplain... All branches of the armed services require chaplains to have at least one graduate degree in theology or pastoral care from a seminary. All need the continued sponsorship of their faith group. If that sponsorship is dropped, unless they find another denomination...

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"Shabbat Across America" Program in Omaha

March 1, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 1, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "Omaha's Jewish community will join more than 700 synagogues nationwide Friday in observing Shabbat with a special program, 'Shabbat Across America...' The event, organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program, aims to renew interest among Jews in observing Shabbat, the Jewish holy day of rest... In Omaha, four Jewish youth groups are sponsoring a 'Shabbat Across America' service at the Jewish Community Center... The youth-led service will begin with a song session,...

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Update: Supreme Court Will Not Debate About Kosher Laws

February 27, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 27, 2003 The New York Times reported that "two days after the United States Supreme Court effectively struck down New York State's kosher food laws, Gov. George E. Pataki said yesterday that he would propose new legislation that would replace the law's explicit religious criteria with more neutral language tying inspections to 'consumer expectations and trade standards...' The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in May that the state's laws created an excessive entanglement between the state and...

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Fasting in the Baha'i Tradition

February 25, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/121/story_12160_1.html&storyID=12160&boardID=52221

On February 25, 2003 Beliefnet printed an editorial by Sherna Hough Deamer, stating that "it’s hard to believe that I’ve come to love the Fast. In the Bahá’í calendar, the 19-day month of fasting comes between the hospitality of the Intercalary Days (February 26 to March 1) and the...

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