Judaism

Ohio Synagogue Celebrates 100 Years

June 7, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On June 7, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "in celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Congregation Tifereth Israel [of Columbus, Ohio] salutes the eastern European immigrants who founded the synagogue and their descendants who strove to maintain their Jewish identity."

Kansas City Religious Communities Pray for Peace

June 6, 2002

Source: The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4361405&BRD=1425&PAG=461&dept_id=154733&rfi=6

On June 6, 2002 The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle featured an article on an interfaith prayer gathering in Kansas City, Missouri, in remembrance of September 11. "The event will end with prayers for peace by selected individuals representing the Christian, Muslim,...

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Family Reunion Celebrates Jewish History of Texas

June 1, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 1, 2002 The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the Schwarz family reunion, one of the first Jewish families in Texas. "In its early years in Texas, the Schwarz family created a center of Jewish worship and learning in Hempstead, then a small-town stop on the railway line... This past weekend, descendents of ... the Schwarzes... gathered again in Hempstead and Houston to share family updates and honor their ancestors. They worshipped together at a Sabbath service, shared meals and visited the Jewish cemetery,...

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Bay Area Leaders Speak Out Against Rise in Anti-Semitism

May 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On May 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "several Bay Area mayors joined Jewish leaders... to condemn a surge in anti-Semitic incidents - temple arson, vandalism and slurs - that coincide with rising tensions in the Middle East... Mayors from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and other cities initiated a campaign called 'No Place for Hate' with the Anti-Defamation League. Their first act was to put a full-page ad in The Chronicle in which they pledged to enforce hate-crime laws... Despite the...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 31, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36841-2002May30.html

On May 31, 2002, The Washington Post featured an article on the controversial commencement speech by Harvard Univeristy student Zayed M. Yasin. The "Muslim American student said today that he intended [his speech] to inspire and unite his fellow Harvard University graduates... His...

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Muslim and Elected Leaders Condemn Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Worcester, MA

May 30, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 30, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that political and religious leaders in Worcester [MA] condemned the spray painting of swastikas on the outside of City Hall and others found across from US Representative James McGovern's office... 'I think when acts of hate like this occur, it's important for the community to come together and condemn it,' said McGovern. 'I don't think we can let these acts of anti-Semitism go unchallenged'... McGovern said it was disappointing after the community had come together after the...

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Muslims, Jews, and Christians Pray Together in Brooklyn for Peace

May 26, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On May 26, 2002 the New York Daily News reported on a prayer meeting attended by Christians, Jews and Muslims in Bay Ridge, NY. The meeting was part of ongoing efforts "to remain united despite the crisis in the Middle East... Nearly 100 people from the three religions gathered... to pray for an end to the conflict abroad, and for continued calm in their neighborhoods... The prayer meeting was sponsored by the Unity Task Force, a group comprised of Bay Ridge religious and civic leaders who organized almost two years...

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Jewish Orthodox Wedding Rich with Symbolism

May 25, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 25, 2002 The Buffalo News featured an article on a local Orthodox Jewish wedding. "A wedding in the Orthodox Chassidic Jewish tradition has deep, lifelong spiritual meaning and symbolism... The wedding day is considered the couple's private Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - and the reunion of a once-divided soul in a man and a woman." The article continued with a description of the different rituals and their traditional symbolic meaning.

Seattle Hosts Interfaith Dialogue on Middle East Conflict

May 25, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://www.toolsforchange.org

On May 25, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that in Seattle, WA, there was "an interfaith dialogue on the Middle East conflict featuring U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and local religious leaders... The event [was] sponsored in part by Tools for Change Institute, a Seattle nonprofit organization... The goal of the program was to 'acknowledge to God and each other that we don't have the answer and we...

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Orthodox Jewish Community in Alaska Overcomes Challenges of Isolation

May 24, 2002

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On May 24, 2002 The Jerusalem Post featured an article on Orthodox Jews in Alaska. "Orthodox families get together in an informal cooperative to pool orders and exchange information about kosher food products that turn up in the city. Anything not available in Anchorage must be ordered and flown in by air freight... Living without easy access to kosher food is just one of the challenges to following Jewish law in this northernmost US state... Another popped up eight days before Passover. Jacob Tsatskis was born March 21, and...

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Rabbi Works to Strengthen Interfaith Understanding

May 23, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0523/p16s01-lire.html

On May 23, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor featured an article on the interfaith work of Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff. "After 28 years in the military - which took him from Vietnam to the top job of Command Chaplain for all US forces in Europe - the retired Navy captain is now working to increase understanding between faiths in the United States... Rabbi Resnicoff became national...

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Federal Court Revisits Important Texas Case

May 21, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 21, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "a case involving a group of Brenham [TX] churches preaching that welfare recipients need a relationship with Jesus to prepare for work is heading back to court... The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals has sent the case back to federal district court to determine whether $ 8,000 awarded to the Jobs Partnership of Washington County must be repaid to taxpayers... At issue is whether the charitable choice program violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and...

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Religious Centers File Lawsuits Over Zoning Restrictions

May 19, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 19, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "at least seven churches, synagogues and religious schools throughout the state [of California] have filed lawsuits against cities as part of a nationwide effort by religious groups to use a new federal law to overturn local zoning restrictions... The groups are invoking the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, passed in 2000, to gain leverage in states where they say churches are routinely denied building permits in favor of projects that bring in tax...

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