Judaism

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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Jewish Leaders Warn of Rise in Anti-Semitism

February 25, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.council25feb25.story

On February 25, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "more than 500 Jewish leaders from around the country meeting in Baltimore yesterday heard dire warnings of a drastic rise in anti-Semitism, increasingly expressed in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric by European populist politicians and Arab religious and civic leaders... Irwin Cutler, a human rights lawyer and member...

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Update: Supreme Court Will Not Debate About Kosher Laws

February 24, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17595

On February 24, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the [Supreme Court] justices refused, without comment, to consider reinstating New York laws that set standards for the labeling of kosher food... The court could have used the appeals by New York and some Jewish leaders to give states guidance in regulating kosher food, without violating constitutional boundaries...

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Interfaith Celebration of Eid in Florida

February 24, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 24, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "Jews, Muslims and Christians are more similar than some may think, according to panelists at a program Sunday in celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid... Program panelist, Rev. George Puthursseril from St. Andrew Catholic Church thought 'A Shared Holiday, Three Faiths, One Tradition' event should have been renamed... 'It should be one faith, three traditions,' he said. 'All three religions presented here are all monotheistic, all believe in one God. It'...

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Colin Powell Answers Questions from High School Students on BET

February 23, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On February 23, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "about 100 other high school students from across the Washington region were invited to the Black Entertainment Television (BET) studio in the District last week to talk with [Colin] Powell. BET President Debra Lee, who has two children, said it made sense to give teenagers a chance to quiz the secretary of state... The students peppered Powell with questions about Iraq and the implications of war there... Powell called on a student sitting nearby, Ali Syed, an 18-year-old...

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Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gwinnett, GA

February 23, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article97AFAF0AFA724A0A8C29C754B2BD5D25.asp?printerFriendly=true

On February 23, 2003 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "more than 1 out of 10 Gwinnett residents are Hispanic or Latino. Eight out of 100 are Asian... Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths are practiced in more than 400 places of worship in...

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Much Religious Music Not Included in Grammy Awards

February 22, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 22, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that Linda Yelnick, "the music agent from San Monteo, Calif., has lobbied the Grammy people for two years to create a Jewish music category. Now, Muslims want consideration, too. But come Sunday, Grammys will be awarded for music of only one of the world's major religions: Christianity. And not just one, but six different categories... 'I understand that Christian music is a big genre and the majority of the people in this country are Christian,' said Malik Mujahid of...

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Interfaith Group Lobbies for Memorial Chapel of Plattsburgh, NY

February 21, 2003

Source: Press Republican

http://www.pressrepublican.com/Archive/2003/02_2003/022120038.htm

On February 21, 2003 the Press Republican reported that "built in 1932 by P.J. Murtagh of Plattsburgh, the old-brick and slate-roof [World War I Memorial Chapel] is online to receive overdue attention... In December 2001, City of Plattsburgh Mayor Daniel Stewart appeared before the Interfaith Council of Plattsburgh and Clinton County to lobby for the chapel’s...

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Interfaith Memorial for Daniel Pearl

February 21, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20030221-0043-ca-pearlanniversary.html

On February 21, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "in an interfaith memorial service marking the anniversary of his death, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was remembered as a man whose quest for the truth and faith in humanity would defeat his killers' goals and bring people of diverse beliefs together in a battle...

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Baltimore Interfaith Organization to Fund Community Development

February 21, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.fund21feb21,0,7364070.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On February 21, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "a coalition of religious groups has started an interfaith community development fund that will lend money to developers who build businesses, housing and community centers in needy neighborhoods throughout the region... The nonprofit Faith Fund has...

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Interfaith Religious Supplies

February 20, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 20, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "as Atlanta's interfaith movement builds, stores that specialize in religious supplies become attractions not just to those of a particular faith, but also to shoppers --- and the curious --- of other backgrounds. Classes at the Tibetan Buddhist center in north DeKalb County attract significant numbers of non-Buddhists, and visitors show up regularly for services at a Hindu temple, members of each say... 'When non-Jewish people come into our...

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