Judaism

Group to Address Hate Crimes in southern Brooklyn

January 23, 2003

Source: Daily News

On January 23, 2003 Daily News reported that "the recent rash of anti-Semitic hate crimes in southern Brooklyn has spurred local leaders to hold two separate public forums tonight in Sheepshead Bay... U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Bay Ridge) said the meetings should help calm the fears of the community and ease tensions that have been building for weeks... City Council members, local police officials and clergymen are among those invited to both events."

Interfaith Services in the Military

January 23, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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On January 23, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "in the sanctuary of the Fort Dix Chapel, soldiers attend a traditional Protestant service at 9 on Sunday mornings... Fifteen minutes after it finishes, another group comes in for a Catholic Mass, and 15 minutes after the Mass ends, an African American-oriented gospel service gets under way... Down the hallway, Muslims have afternoon meetings Mondays through Fridays in a room...

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Logistical Issues Concerning Closing Schools for Religious Holidays

January 23, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 23, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "parents asked school officials at a School Committee meeting last week to do more to accommodate students who want to observe the Jewish High Holy Days - if making those days holidays is not practical, parents said... The Regional School Committee of Berlin and Boylston postponed until Feb. 5 a decision on whether to close for the holy days so committee members could get more information about the district's demographics and policies in neighboring communities... Committee...

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Anti-Semitism Among Young Adults

January 17, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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On January 17, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "anti-Semitism is widespread among America's young adults, with a fourth believing Jews control the media and Wall Street, according to a survey released this week by a Jewish research group... Another key finding is that 37 percent of American adults, or 65 million people, continue to believe Jews were responsible for killing Jesus... The Institute for Jewish and Community...

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Lieberman's 2004 Presidential Run

January 16, 2003

Source: Jewish Bulletin News

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=636b2a6d13762eb2625c0b1fc4fc1b77

On January 16, 2003 the Jewish Bulletin News reported that "Joseph Lieberman's formal announcement Monday that he has jumped into the presidential ring has touched off a quiet undercurrent of concern that 2004 may not be as opportune a time for a breakthrough Jewish candidacy as 2000... Some Jewish leaders...

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Opening Prayers in Maryland Senate Spark Debate

January 13, 2003

Source: Sun Spot

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.prayer18jan18,0,3783858.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On January 13, 2003 the Sun Spot reported that "three of the five opening prayers in the [Maryland] Senate this week ended with a reference to Jesus Christ, which some members of the assembly believed to be inappropriate... 'On this question of religion, I think it's important to recognize and to remember...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

January 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

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On January 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a scientist.. urged a Cook County [IL] judge Monday to reject McDonald's Corp.'s proposed list of 26 groups scheduled to share in a $10 million settlement by the fast-food chain... 'It will set back vegetarianism as a class for 10 to 20 years' because the groups McDonald's favors are hostile to the values the settlement was intended to honor, said T. Colin Campbell, a Cornell University...

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Lieberman's 2004 Presidential Run

January 13, 2003

Source: JTA

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=68633

On January 13, 2003 the JTA reported that "Lieberman officially entered the race for the presidency Monday, announcing that he was filing papers to seek the Democratic nomination in 2004... Lieberman is one of the first Jewish candidates in U.S. history to seek the White House -- and the only one who is considered to have a real shot... he has also been a controversial figure at times, taking stands...

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Buddhists and Jews Discuss The Jew in the Lotus

January 11, 2003

Source: The Times Union

On January 11, 2003 The Times Union reported that "as leaders of a Buddhist center in the Capital District, my husband, Will, and I often are asked to participate in interfaith activities. The most recent was a program with Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany on a discussion of the book The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz, which is about a group of rabbis and scholars who visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, to engage in a dialogue and especially to share their experience with diaspora... The fact that...

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"Same Difference": A Play about Christians, Muslims, and Jews

January 10, 2003

Source: Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/50499p-47376c.html

On January 10, 2003 the Daily News reported that "it took Sarah Brockus and 21 colleagues about three months to interview 120 New Yorkers about their religious beliefs and practices and another three months to turn the conversations into a play called 'Same Difference'... 'And that's what we learned,' says Brockus, the work's director and inspiration. 'That in all the important ways...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 9, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=724

On January 9, 2003 The American Jewish Committee reported that "the American Jewish Committee today called on the Administration to fairly implement the “Registration of Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens from Designated Countries Program,” which requires registration by visitors and immigrants from certain Middle Eastern and other nations that are sponsors or seedbeds...

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The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program

January 6, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/4883450.htm

On January 6, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques [in CA]... has led the way to feed, shelter and otherwise care for the region's homeless population... 'We get together and don't worry about the differences,' said [Elisabeth] Miller, a member of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond. 'We're...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

January 6, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On January 6, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Christmas is everywhere in this country, especially for kids. Santa's helpers are at the shopping mall. Nativity scenes are on people's front lawns. There's even a Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Turn on the television, and there's Linus telling the story of Jesus's birth on 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.' Non-Christian kids, meanwhile, have some pretty important traditions of their own to observe in December, but their classmates often know little about them...

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