Judaism

Day of Interfaith Chanting Becomes Annual Event in Seattle

February 16, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 16, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that Joy Carey, a founder of Mystical Chant, expected about 400 people to attend the first daylong interfaith chanting event in 1999. However, "about 800 people came to St. Mark's Cathedral to watch and participate in Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chants. "We were absolutely amazed at the number of people who showed up," said Carey, a counseling psychologist and Sufic Muslim. "I never expected this to be an annual event." Indeed, next Saturday marks the third...

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Conservative Judaism Selects First Female Leader

February 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 14, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "an organization that represents 800 Conservative Jewish Congregations in North America named its first female president... Judy Yudof, of St. Paul [MN], is taking over as leader of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism... [and] said she was pleased that her appointment would draw attention to gender equality in the Conservative branch."

New York Councilman Lobbies for Purim Parking

February 13, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On February 13, 2002, The New York Daily News reported that Councilman Simcha Felder is working to get "easier parking for observers of the upcoming Jewish Purim... as they deliver their traditional gifts or attend synagogues... Felder, of Brooklyn, has launched a lobbying campaign to get the alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules temporarily suspended for this Purim... Felder and more than 30 Council allies have reintroduced a bill to add Purim to the list of 29 legal and religious holidays on which the alternate-side...

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Naval Academy to Build Jewish House of Worship

February 10, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On February 10, 2002, The Baltimore Sun featured an article on Judaism at the Naval Academy. The history began to change when "a Supreme Court ruling in 1972 ended mandatory Sunday prayer. An All Faiths Chapel was built on campus nearly a decade after that. And before long, the academy hired a full-time Jewish chaplain... But the quest for Jewish belonging at the officer-training school will reach its largest milestone next year, when workers are to break ground for the first Jewish chapel in the academy's 157-year history...

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Jewish Congregation Sues for Right to Use Former Convent

February 10, 2002

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On February 10, 2002, The Jerusalem Post reported that "the state attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union are asking a suburban community to let a congregation of Reform Jews turn a former Roman Catholic convent into a synagogue... Congregation Kol Ami has been trying to move into the Abington Township site for two years. The group hopes to start a synagogue and school in the community north of Philadelphia... Its efforts have been held up by neighbors and officials, who argue the plan would...

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Marlborough, MA Debates Closing Public Schools on Religious Holidays

February 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

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On February 7, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "Michelle Cohen doesn't hesitate to take her daughter out of school to observe the Jewish high holidays. The choice between practicing her faith and attending classes, she said, is clear-cut. But religious services, Cohen and other Marlborough [MA] parents say, shouldn't have to compete with assignments and tests... In response, the School Committee is considering closing school on...

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Los Angeles City Schools Pull Copies of Quran from Shelves

February 7, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 7, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Los Angeles city school officials have pulled nearly 300 translations of the Koran from school libraries after learning that commentary in the books was derogatory toward Jews... Copies of 'The Meaning of the Holy Quran' were donated in December to the Los Angeles Unified School District by a local Muslim foundation, said Jim Konantz, director of information technology for the district. Konantz said the books, offered as a goodwill gesture in response to the Sept....

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Create Mandala in DC for Protection of US

February 3, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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On February 3, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for six hours a day for two weeks... 20 Tibetan Buddhist monks... [created] the largest sand painting ever constructed in the United States... They began creating Jan. 11, four months after terrorists struck the Pentagon, [until] the day of the painting's final consecration, just before it was destroyed, its millions of grains of crushed...

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Post Sept. 11 Increase in Attendence at Religious Services Levels Out

February 3, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 3, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that "in the weeks immediately following Sept. 11, church pews, synagogue seats and mosque prayer halls were filled as they hadn't been in years. People openly talked about God and religion, uttered prayers and returned to places of worship they hadn't been inside since childhood. Some predicted a revival of religious life in America... But these days, the initial rush has tapered off. Americans, it seems, have gone back to life as usual, which, for most, doesn't include weekly...

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Nebraska Exhibit Tells Stories of Female Jewish Settlers

January 26, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On January 26, 2002, the Omaha World-Herald reported on an exhibit featuring the stories of Jewish women settlers in the Midwest and West. "The challenge for the Jewish homesteader went beyond the bleak, bony landscape and the unforgiving climate. These settlers strove to maintain their culture and customs without the structure and support of the close-knit communities left behind... 'They did the best they could,' said Rita Paskowitz, a professional storyteller and actress, speaking about the Jewish immigrant experience...

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San Diego Church and Synagogue Hope to Share Land for Expansions

January 26, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 26, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the Ner Tamid synagogue and the Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church hope to get the City Council's approval next week to split and develop a 32-acre parcel on the west side of Pomerado Road... If the permission to proceed is granted, the Conservative Jewish congregation would build a synagogue, offices, Hebrew school, preschool, gymnasium, community center and meeting rooms on about nine acres of the parcel."

Religion Gaining Interest and Importance at Minnesota Colleges

January 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On January 26, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "reflecting a national trend, Minnesota's small private college students are increasingly interested in religion as an academic study and in seeking private faith answers. This comes after decades of secularization of the colleges, but also shows the new diversity of faiths on every campus... For several decades many small colleges, facing rising costs and tougher competition for students and an increased diversity in student populations, turned away from their close ties with the...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 25, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "as diverse a religious gathering as Pittsburgh ever sees came to what participants called 'our little piece of Assisi' last night to join their prayers for peace with those of Pope John Paul II and religious leaders from around the world... Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl came first down the aisle of the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, where 125 people had gathered. After him came veiled Muslim women, a Baptist minister, Jewish leaders, a Zen...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 23, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 23, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "leaders of more than 20 faiths and denominations in the St. Louis region will gather tonight to reflect on the call to peace found in their respective scriptures... Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Sikh and Ba'hai leaders will enter the sanctuary of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica and individually read from their scripture about peace... Archbishop Justin Rigali, past chairman of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St....

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