Judaism

Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/020303/tp1ch11.htm?date=020303&story=tp1ch11.htm

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian;...

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Kosher Meals in Prisons Ruled Unconstitutional

February 3, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17523

On February 3, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge has denied a Virginia prisoner's request for kosher meals, declaring unconstitutional part of a federal law that dictates how government should treat the religious rights of inmates... Senior U.S. District Judge James Turk ruled Jan. 24 that requiring prison officials to provide Ira Madison, 32, with...

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Kerry Announces Jewish Ancestry on Campaign Trail

February 3, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 3, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "Kerry... has a personal reason to care about the Jewish state: both his paternal grandparents were Jewish, and had changed their name from Kohn in 1902... By raising the subject with members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at Congregation B'nai Israel on Monday night, however, Kerry signaled a willingness to use his newfound ancestry in part to connect with Jewish voters... Asked why he had chosen to bring up the topic of his family history in a synagogue, Kerry...

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U.S. Jews for Jesus Campaign in 2003

February 1, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 1, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "[in Houston], as in other American cities, Jews are taking steps to thwart Christian missionaries targeting them. In Houston, they also are girding for an upcoming Jews for Jesus campaign aimed at the city's Jewish community... The Jews for Jesus campaign in 2004 or 2005 will be 'an all-out intensive effort to make the Messianicship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to the Jews of Houston,' said Susan Perlman, a San Francisco-based founder of Jews for Jesus... The group...

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51% of U.S. Jews Claim Synagogue Membership

February 1, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 1, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "an annual survey of American Jews says 51% reported membership in a synagogue, though 70% identified with a particular branch of Judaism... The American Jewish Committee poll of 1,008 Jews showed 31% thought of themselves as Conservative, 30% Reform, 7% Orthodox and 2% Reconstructionist."

Interfaith Service to Rededicate Torah

January 31, 2003

Source: The Union Democrat

http://www.uniondemocrat.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=9834

On January 31, 2003 The Union Democrat reported that "thanks to three local Christian churches, The Motherlode Jewish Community [in New Jersey] can rededicate a century-old, fire-damaged Torah... The Community will hold an interfaith recognition service for the churches, which helped raise the $3,000 needed for the Torah's restoration, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Murphys...

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"Sacred Space" Art Exhibit in Wichita, Kansas

January 30, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/5066994.htm

On January 30, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "an award-winning art exhibit that helped spread religious understanding in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks languishes in a 4-by-8-foot storage locker, waiting for a home. The exhibit will move wherever it's welcome, said Diane Thomas Lincoln, the Wichita State University art professor who directed its...

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Threatened Islamic Center Offers Reward for Information

January 30, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.dominionpost.com/a/news/2003/01/30/bg/

On January 30, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "an Islamic group targeted by vandals and threats is offering $500 for information about the perpetrators, whose actions have been condemned by some local Christian and Jewish leaders... The latest incident occurred Friday, when someone used a chain saw to cut down and steal a sign for the Islamic Society of Western Maryland's mosque on the...

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Joint Association to Improve Catholic-Jewish Relations

January 29, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=740

On January 29, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release that stated, "the American Jewish Committee and the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union, the largest Catholic school of theology in the United States, have announced a joint association dedicated to further improving Catholic - Jewish relations......

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Baptist Theological Seminary President Emphasizes Christian Evangelism

January 29, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On January 29, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday formally named its undergraduate college Leavell College in honor of an influential Southern Baptist family that produced three generations of preachers, missionaries, church leaders and two former seminary presidents... Former seminary President Landrum Leavell II, 76, returned from semi-retirement in Wichita Falls, Texas, to the institution he led for 20 years to serve as the focus of the ceremonies. In a chapel sermon...

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Boston Interfaith Service for Peace Concurrent with State of Union Address

January 28, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 28, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "at the Capitol in Washington, amid all the pomp and circumstance that Congress can muster, President Bush is expected to lay out his case tonight for a possible war... At the same time, at Boston's storied Trinity Church, leaders of many of the state's religious traditions will be gathering in their full liturgical finery to make their own case, for peace... Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, [organized] tonight's religious event, at which...

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Religious Diversity in Irvine, CA

January 26, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 26, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Irvine... has emerged as one of the nation's most religiously diverse suburbs... Here, there's a Buddhist temple that can house 42 monks, a Korean church that boasts 4,000 members and a $50-million K-12 Jewish day school. There's a $ 4-million Islamic elementary school, the county's largest Greek Orthodox Church and a university run by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod... Ahead is a $37-million Jewish community center and a Mormon temple, which sits just outside Irvine'...

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Dovetail: National Resource Group for Interfaith Couples

January 25, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/5029347.htm

On January 25, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "in 1991, Joan Hawxhurst, the granddaughter of a Baptist minister, married Steve Bertman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants. Soon, she began looking for organizations to help her negotiate the unpredictable religious terrain she and her husband found themselves exploring. There wasn't much out there that was 'open-minded...

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More Energy Efficient Houses of Worship

January 23, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0123/p11s02-lire.html

On January 23, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "churches, mosques, and synagogues look for ways to make their buildings more energy efficient, both to heed ethical imperatives against waste, and also to save money... Churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples get help for stewardship efforts in EPA's Energy Star program, which identifies equipment, appliances, and...

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