Judaism

Holidays and Increasing Diversity at Religious Private Schools

December 22, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 22, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "December is the time at Christian private schools for lessons and carols, for Advent wreaths and archangels--whether you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or still sampling religions. Although some prep schools remain enclaves for certain faiths and cultures, other religiously affiliated schools enroll students of all traditions while making no apologies for holding to the schools' holiday heritages... 'Most schools, even though they may want to ground children of that...

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Fire Breaks Out at New York Cathedral

December 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 19, 2001, Newsday reported that a "fire that swept through the gift shop of the world's largest Gothic cathedral," the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. "From its inception, the cathedral was chartered not just as the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York but as a house of prayer whose bronze doors were open to all people... Indeed, in recent years, sermons have been delivered by rabbis, Zen Buddhists and African animists. The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, retired U.S. Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf...

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Menorah Most Recent Target of Vandalism in Queens

December 19, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 19, 2001, Newsday reported that "a holiday menorah was destroyed over the weekend" at a park in Flushing, NY. "Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said his office and detectives from the 109th Precinct were investigating... The destruction of the menorah came within weeks of an arson at a Hindu temple in Flushing, which is also under investigation."

Interfaith Couples Negotiate Holiday Season

December 19, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 19, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured a lengthy article on interfaith marriages saying that "at holiday time, interfaith couples can teach the nation about getting along with those of different religions." The article focused on several families and how they negotiate the holiday season as interfaith families. "Most sociologists believe that the number of interfaith unions will continue to increase in the United States... Currently, 50 percent of Jews marry non-Jews, and half of Catholics marry...

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Holiday Season in the Workplace

December 18, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http ://p rojo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06719201.htm

On December 18, 2001, The Providence Journal featured an editorial on holidays in the workplace. "Many bosses decide, with a wink and a nod, to recast their Christmas parties as 'holiday' parties, but then still decorate in green and red and play Christmas carols. Such watering-down seems to work. The Christians can see their tradition in abstract form, and non-Christians find it less directly offensive. But it's not a real solution......

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Editorial: "Workplace understanding without 'Secret Santas'"

December 18, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06719201.htm

On December 18, 2001, The Providence Journal featured an opinion piece by Dr. Doug Hicks "Workplace understanding without 'Secret Santas.'" It began: "The best debates about religious diversity take place beside the water cooler in the December-holiday season at the office." Further, "September's terror has forced Americans to take a fresh look at themselves. They have discovered...

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Religious Holidays at the White House

December 17, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On December 17, 2001, The New York Times reported that "there is a creche in the East Room of the White House this year, as there has been every December since... 1967. But last week there was also a Hanukkah party with a kosher buffet among the glittering forest of White House Christmas trees, and last month there was the first iftar dinner held in the Executive Mansion, complete with fresh dates and Muslim prayers, to break the daily fast during Ramadan... The many gods in American life are alive and well at the White House,...

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Interfaith Talks Take New Dimensions in Seattle

December 16, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 16, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that, in Seattle, "two Christian pastors, a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim layman talked about how people of different faiths can learn to trust each other in these troubled times... In the aftermath of Sept. 11, interfaith groups -- especially those featuring Jews, Christians and Muslims -- are finding a renewed sense of purpose. Though Christian-Jewish dialogues have taken place for decades in Seattle, it has only been in recent years -- and especially since Sept. 11 -- that such groups...

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FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman's Office

December 14, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 14, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported, "At Mosque, Relief and Thanks." While members of the King Fahd mosque community were feeling "gratitude," the alleged bomb plot "also set off another round of acrimony between Muslim and Jewish organizations." The article reported that "The Muslim Public Affairs Council called on the Justice Department to freeze the JDL's assets, just as federal authorities recently shut down the Holy Land Foundation" and "the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] demanded that the Anti-...

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Connecticut School Board Addresses Celebration of Religious Holidays

December 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On December 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that at a recent school board meeting in Coventry, CT, "parents were upset about the wording of a memo School Superintendent Michael Malinowski sent to principals. The memo urged them to be mindful of the separation of church and state. Malinowski sent the memo after discovering that a creche and a cross had been put up in the school system... In impassioned speeches, parents said that in striving to be politically correct, the school system is being intolerant by not exposing...

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Documentary Tackles Struggle of Gay Orthodox Jews

December 14, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 14, 2001, The Boston Globe featured a movie review of the documentary "Trembling Before G_d" which documents the struggles of "gay men and lesbians who want to practice Orthodox Judaism." The review reported that "the director [of the film], himself a gay Orthodox Jew, travelled to cities around the world to interview his subjects... The rigidity of many of the rabbis interviewed is balanced by the presence of the openly gay Orthodox rabbi Steve Greenberg, who offers a more progressive, but no less scholarly,...

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Hate Group Distributes Anti-Semitic Literature

December 13, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 13, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "for the third time in two months, Sharon [MA] residents found anti-Semitic literature from a West Virginia hate group thrown on their front yards... The papers blamed Jews for a recent anti-Catholic incident at the town's high school, and attacked Israel." The article also reported that similar literatures appeared recently in numerous other towns, including Weston and South Boston.

FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman's Office

December 12, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/onpolitics/transcripts/issa_text121201.html

On December 12, 2001, The Washington Post published the full transcript of the press conference of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) regarding the bombing plot. His statement read, in part: "Although this plot apparently involved members of the Jewish Defense League, I know that Jewish Americans, of which I have some of my colleagues with...

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Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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