Judaism

Jewish History Preserved in Cleveland

December 2, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 2, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "for 25 years, the Cleveland Jewish Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society have collected the histories of Jewish people in Greater Cleveland. The work is available to scholars, historians and anybody interested in the history of local Jews, who have lived in the area more than 162 years."

UCLA Muslims and Jews Come Together for Ramadan

December 1, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that Muslim and Jewish students at UCLA gathered for the daily breaking of the Muslim students' fast for Ramadan, and ate a kosher meal together. "The joint iftar celebration... reflected a burgeoning effort to forge ties between young followers of the two faiths, overcoming historical campus tensions between them, the emotions fueled by the Mideast conflict and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

San Diego's Many Faiths Share Season of Holidays

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 30, 2001. The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article on the diverse and numerous religious holidays that take place at this time of year. The article included a description of the following holidays: Ramadan - the Muslim holy month, Bodhi Day - the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment, Hanukkah - "the eight-day Jewish festival of lights commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish warriors who overthrew their oppressors in about 165 B.C.", Yule and Winter Solstice - the Wiccan and Pagan holiday...

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Baltimore Interfaith Events Continue

November 27, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 27, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, interfaith exchanges have been on the rise, with many Baltimore-area Christians and Jews trying to increase their understanding of Islam as mosques have begun opening their doors to visitors. Those encounters continue this week as the Institute for Christian...

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New Studies on Number of Muslims in the U.S.

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7459-2001Nov23.html

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Number of U.S. Muslims Depends on Who's Counting." It noted, "With a spotlight cast on American Muslims since Sept. 11, one seemingly simple question has defied a clear answer and become the focus of a politically charged dispute: What is the size of the U.S. Muslim population?" Studies include estimates of...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Chicago Muslims Plan Ramadan Display

November 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Chicago Muslims plan to mark the current holy month of Ramadan by building a minaret display at Daley Plaza in early December, joining Christians and Jews as they decorate the public square for their holidays. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago has preliminary approval to build a 30-foot reproduction of the tower used to call Muslims to prayer and an illuminated crescent moon affixed to a dome. The display will stand alongside a Hanukkah menorah and...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 23, 2001, The New York Times featured a story on the Bashir family who, in observance of Ramadan "waited until sunset... [before] they gathered around the dining room table with other relatives, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, offering thanks in their suburban Chicago home... While some Muslim Americans believe that Thanksgiving conflicts with their religion, many, like the Bashirs, observe the holiday, saying that, of all the American holidays, Thanksgiving is most in harmony with the teachings of Islam."

Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-nyseas212473093nov21.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On November 21, 2001, Newsday reported that "gratitude for life is the focus this year as families celebrate Thanksgiving in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States and a later plane crash that together took the lives of thousands...Live and let live may well be the motto of the newly formed Coalition of...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 19, 2001, Newsday reported on a New York "trialogue" in the article "Different Religions, Common Goal - Peace." The article noted, "Harkening to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, the minister [Rev. Arthur Caliandro] challenged the interfaith audience to likewise count every blessing in these trying days. Begging his pardon, the imam...interjected. 'This gives me a time to repeat that the Pilgrims were not my forebearers,' said Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, leader of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Manhattan. 'That's...

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Muslim Groups and the White House: Criticism and Controversy

November 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47194-2001Nov17.html

On November 18, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Bush's Courting of Some Muslims Criticized; White House Cautioned to Avoid Groups, Individuals Who Defend Terrorism." The article noted that "Jewish groups and some conservatives have been lobbying the president to stop courting certain Muslim leaders who, they say, have equivocated on terrorism by...

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Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/Local_News/1114faith.html

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Groups Use September 11 to Foster Hate

November 14, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 14, 2001, The Kansas City Star featured an article on "a two-year study recently released by the Center for New Community, a faith-based Chicago nonprofit group that monitors hate groups... The study's author said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been a boon, as many white-power organizations have tried to use the incidents to rouse anti-Semitic sentiment and latch onto anti-immigrant feelings that have sprung up in some parts of the country."

AJC Protests CAIR's Participation in Civil Rights Conference

November 14, 2001

Source: The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=sfl%2Dptribal14nov14

On November 14, 2001, The Sun-Sentinel reported, "Jewish leaders try to block Islamic speaker at West Palm civil rights meeting." The article noted that leaders of the American Jewish Committee tried to block the participation of a panelist from the Council on American-Islamic Relations at the Florida Commission on Human Relations...

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Boston Area Family Celebrates Diwali

November 14, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 14, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Indra Prasad-Milowe is preparing for the Hindu festival of lights, called Diwali ...'Everyone opens their homes, everyone forgives and forgets,' says Prasad-Milowe. Her family gives money to charities and they "light lamps of unity and brotherhood to make the world happy'...The festival honors Lakshimi, a Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. According to the myth, on the third day of this five-day festival, Lakshimi descends to Earth to visit places that are lit and clean,...

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