Judaism

Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/11_21_02ramadan.html

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."

Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Pennsylvania Passes "The Religious Freedom Protection Act"

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

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On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "Pennsylvania could become the 10th state to pass a bill meant to give new protections to religious groups but criticized by opponents as giving the groups free rein to ignore many laws. The Religious Freedom Protection Act... would allow laws that burden a person's religious practice or belief to be challenged in court if the state lacks a compelling interest in passing the laws. Any law...

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Editorial on Judaism and Numbers in America

November 20, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On November 20, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Douglas Rushkoff that stated, "at their annual conference, the United Jewish Communities had planned to release a new $6 million population study. In the past, these studies, issued every 10 years, have warned American Jews that they are ever more imperiled by an aging population, rampant intermarriage, low birth rates and declining synagogue membership. But last week, citing 'missing data,' the organization, an umbrella group of Jewish federations and...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

November 18, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

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On November 18, 2002 the Anti-Defamation League reported that "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reached out to public schools and public institutions nationwide with materials and information to help foster constitutionally permissible recognitions of the December holidays. A letter is being disseminated through ADL's 30 regional offices nationwide to school districts, emphasizing the need to be cautious in how they employ religious symbols and...

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Rabbi and Imam Team Up to Educate Middle and High School Students

November 18, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-liimam163005115nov16,0,6849177.story

On November 18, 2002 Newsday reported that "Rabbi Steven Moss is chairman of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. Nayyar Imam is president of the Islamic Association of Long Island. They teamed up to educate high school and junior high school students about the importance of not judging someone based on race, religion or ethnicity. Friday...

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Religious Diversity in Northern Virginia

November 17, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 17, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the wooded acres near Shirley Gate and Braddock roads in central Fairfax County are already populated with a diverse mixture of religious institutions: a mosque and Pentecostal and Korean churches. Now crammed into classrooms in two Annandale locations, Gesher -- the only Jewish day school in Northern Virginia -- purchased 28 acres on the west side of Shirley Gate this year for $ 1.25 million. School officials received approval from the county to build a $ 12 million...

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Discussion on Health and Spirituality Continues

November 17, 2002

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On November 17, 2002 the San Antonio Express-News reported that "the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health began exploring links between spirituality and health in the South Texas Medical Center. Today, the nonprofit center remains a guiding force for families and individuals seeking faith-based counseling, clergy members needing direction on modern health and social issues, and doctors trying to grasp ethical dilemmas. A group of clergy that included Episcopal, Jewish, Methodist and Catholic leaders founded the...

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Arson and Religious Centers

November 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the national alarm over church burnings, prompted by dozens of fires set at churches in the South and Midwest in the mid-1990s, subsided several years ago after Congress gave federal authorities greater power to investigate and prosecute church arsons... The registry lists arsons and bombings at 21 synagogues and nine mosques. Most of the targets of attack were churches."

Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 15, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 15, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "a protest Sunday in downtown Portland against a possible war in Iraq is drawing support from Palestinians, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Quakers and Scientologists, among others. Frank Fromherz, director of the Portland Catholic Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace, said the peace activists will call on the U.S. government to find nonviolent solutions to threats such as terrorist attacks."

Update: Menorah in Cincinnati's Downtown Plaza

November 14, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17255

On November 14, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "two Jewish groups filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging an ordinance banning anyone but the city [of Cincinnati] from holding events or erecting displays at a downtown plaza during the holiday season. City officials had said the ordinance, which was passed in April, was intended to encourage economic development...

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Children's Museum of Houston Celebrates Religious Diversity

November 14, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 14, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the Children's Museum of Houston celebrates this diversity with the return of its annual Festivals of Light exhibit, which is open today through Jan. 20. The exhibit showcases eight religious and cultural observances. They are Diwali, Ramadan, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year during its free Thursday Family Nights - starting this evening - and as WonderWeekend festivities through Feb. 2. Children can see how the...

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Pat Robertson Accuses Muslims of Being "Worse than the Nazis"

November 13, 2002

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=682

On November 13, 2002 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release that "sharply criticized the Rev. Pat Robertson for his sweeping condemnation of Islam. 'While there are highly disturbing trends of anti-Semitism and, more generally, intolerance in the Muslim world, the Rev. Robertson’s wholesale denigration of an entire faith, by calling Muslims ‘worse...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 13, 2002

Source: The Becket Fund

http://www.becketfund.org/litigate/MedicineWheel.html

On November 13, 2002 The Becket Fund reported that "in November 2002, The Becket Fund filed an amicus curiae brief [Wyoming Sawmills Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service, et al] with the 10th Circuit, on behalf of itself and a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the General...

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Northern Californian Muslims Reach Out to Community

November 12, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/5169747p-6178758c.html

On November 12, 2002 The Sacramento Bee reported that "exchanges like those between Congregation B'Nai Israel in Sacramento's Land Park neighborhood and SALAM (Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims), which sent a teen delegation of its own to B'Nai Israel a few weeks ago, are shattering barriers of ignorance and mistrust that have traditionally separated America...

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