Judaism

Synagogue Opens One Year After 9/11

September 6, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 6, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "after... last Sept. 11, the leaders of a startup Jewish congregation here [in Boston, Massachusetts] debated scrapping the event five days later, when they were to begin construction of the synagogue they had dreamed of for a decade. Instead, they went forward with a subdued ceremony and tonight, nearly a year later, the members of Congregation Or Atid will mark the start of the Jewish New Year by worshiping for the first time in their contemporary steel-and-cedar sanctuary...

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Jews Hail New Document that Strengthen Christian-Jewish Relations

September 6, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 6, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "a prominent group of Protestant and Roman Catholic scholars, in a major boost to Christian-Jewish relations, yesterday declared that Jews, like Christians, have a covenant with God and that a belief in the divinity of Jesus is not necessary for salvation. As a result, the group denounced 'missionary efforts directed at converting Jews.' One of the authors of the statement, which...

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Synagogue Leaders and Police Detail Security for Holidays

September 6, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 6, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "as Houston-area synagogue leaders fix their sights on forgiveness and atonement, they will also cast extra eyes on security in a holiday season that straddles the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Houston Police Department will post on-duty officers and patrol cars at all city synagogues for holiday services, said department spokesman Robert Hurst. The department also will provide area surveillance for services."

Jews Hail New Document that Strengthen Christian-Jewish Relations

September 6, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 6, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that "two years after Jewish scholars issued a historic document that called on Jews to reexamine their understanding of Christianity, a group of leading Christian scholars issued a response yesterday, saying that teaching contempt for Judaism 'dishonors God.' Jewish leaders hailed the document as an important step in counteracting a resurgence in anti-Semitism coinciding with the conflict in the Middle East. Its overarching theme is that ancient rivalries should not define...

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Pakistani Reaches Out After Being Saved by Jewish Man on 9/11

September 2, 2002

Source: CNN

On September 2, 2002 CNN reported on Usman Farman's [a Muslim student] recollections of his rescue by a Hasidic Jewish man in the World Trade Center. "the Hasidic Jewish man helped Farman get up... Farman took it upon himself to reach out. He fired off an emotional e-mail [message] to friends and Dr. Joseph Morone, president of his alma mater, Bentley College. 'As I found out, regardless of who we are, and where we come from, we only have each other', wrote Farman. Farman, who has been unable to find his rescuer, says he hopes his experience...

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Update: Increasing Support for Lutheran Reverend Who Participated in Interfaith Event

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "a national campaign is swelling in support of the Rev. David Benke, who was expelled from his post as head of the New York-area Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for praying at a Yankee Stadium interfaith event after the terrorist attacks on the city. The 'It's OK to Pray' theme, being pushed by Mr. Benke's supporters in the 2.6 million-member conservative denomination, comes as a church review board considers his appeal that he did not commit 'syncretism' or 'unionism...

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New Orleans Plans for Civic and Interfaith 9/11 Memorials

September 1, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 1, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "around the [New Orleans, Louisiana] area, the schedule of Sept. 11 remembrances shows no less than four major interfaith services, two civic prayer breakfasts and more than a half-dozen outdoor programs in parks, cemeteries, courthouse plazas and parking lots, not to mention unnumbered services morning and evening in the region's churches and synagogues. The collective mission, designers said, is to remember the dead and pray for community."

Islamic Center Thankful for Interfaith Support

September 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the [Islamic Center in Wayland], one of the most significant changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has come not in anger directed at members, but in a growing interest in their religion. 'While prior to Sept. 11 we'd be lucky to get 12 people, since then we've had several hundred visitors come to our interfaith meetings,' said Malik Khan, a member of the mosque. The center also has engaged in an extensive outreach program, with many members giving talks at churches...

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Gay and Lesbian Jewish Congregations

September 1, 2002

Source: Reconstructionism Today

On September 1, 2002 Reconstructionism Today reported on "a congregation serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (GLBTQ) community... [and the] quarter-century-old umbrella organization, The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Jewish Organizations: Keshet Ga'avah. Jewish organizations serving the needs of the queer community have learned that these needs are as diverse as those of other Jews."

New York Metropolitan Area Houses of Worship to Offer Memorials on 9/11

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "[New York] houses of worship [will] offer special services, prayers and music to mark September 11... The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone would build a shrine. 'One of St. Francis of Assisi's prayers is for peace,' says Latona, pastor of the 1,000-member congregation. For the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, marking the first anniversary of the attacks will be about healing, for the families of the victims and also for the Muslim community. 'As we were mourning the...

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Religions Struggle with Appropriate 9/11 Memorial

August 31, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 31, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "religions [are struggling] for appropriate ways to mark the 1st anniversary of attacks... One year after pastors, rabbis and imams struggled for the appropriate words to comfort a shocked and wounded nation, they are grasping again for just the right words to mourn the loss, acknowledge the pain and look to the future. Finding that religious-cultural balance one year later can be precarious, many liturgists said. Many bristle at the notion of using the anniversary to rekindle...

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Interfaith Alliance Benefits Metro East of St. Louis

August 31, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 31, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on how "the Metro East [of St. Louis, Missouri benefited] by an interfaith network where lay people and leaders [got] to know each other, [held] joint worship events on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day and [worked] together... In early June [of 2002], [Cathy] Stoltz, [Brent] Shapiro and Dr. Muhlyuddin Khalid, a Belleville mosque founder, met for dinner and officially founded the Metro East Interfaith Alliance."

Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

August 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported "some 35,000 followers of the prophet Mohammed are gathered at the Washington Convention Center for the 39th annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America... The four-day meeting began... with a prayer for the victims of Sept. 11, then quickly turned into a call for American Muslims to assert their rights as U.S. citizens. 'Stand up for justice -- don't hide or run away,' said Muhammad Nur Abdullah, the president of the Muslim group. Thousands of Muslim...

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Jewish High Holy Days to Bracket 9/11 Anniversary

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "the Jewish High Holy Days, will bracket the Sept. 11 anniversary, adding extra emphasis on security and greater reflection on living with violence. Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) begins at sundown Friday and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) at sundown Sept. 15. Last year, both observances - set by a lunar calendar - fell shortly after the attacks. 'I expect every rabbi to devote at least one sermon to the whole problem of terror in the world,' says Rabbi Doniel Kramer of the New York Board of...

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Los Angeles Unites all Faiths to Remember September 11

August 30, 2002

Source: Copley News Service

On August 30, 2002 Copley News Service reported that Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles "announced Thursday he will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith prayer vigil designed to promote harmony between religious faiths...

���Representatives of Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths will convene that day ... The 'Towers of Faith Prayer Vigil' event, which is open to the public, is seen as a way of celebrating the region's religious, ethnic and...

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