Judaism

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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Rocks Thrown at East Bay Mosque

December 11, 2001

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/partners/ns/mosque_20011211.htm

On December 11, 2001, The Contra Costa Times reported, "Concord mosque attack probed as hate crime." The article noted, "Two men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts threw a total of two rocks through the front window of the Islamic Center of Contra Costa at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, said Concord police Lt. Dan Siri. No one was injured, though many parishioners were worshipping...

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Rochester Interfaith Group to Visit "Ground Zero"

December 11, 2001

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesternews.com/1211story5.html

On December 11, 2001, The Democrat and Chronicle reported "Diverse area delegation on visit to ground zero." The article noted, "An interfaith delegation from Rochester will journey to New York City today. Approximately 50 participants -- representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities -- will make the trip, hoping to reflect on the events of Sept. 11 and to solidify their...

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Jewish Inmate in Ohio Allowed Beard

December 11, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 11, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "an Ohio inmate may keep his flowing beard as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal yesterday to intervene in a challenge of state rules on prisoners' facial hair. The high court without comment let stand a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling giving inmate Hbrandon Flagner, a Hasidic Jew, an exemption from Ohio's beard-length rule. The state argued that a decision in the Elyria native's favor could invite a flurry of lawsuits over prison grooming rules... Flagner, who...

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Multifaith Service for Unity on Long Island

December 10, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-liisla102503970dec10.story?coll=ny%2Dlinews%2Darchive

On December 10, 2001, Newsday featured the article "Religious leaders reach out with unity service at LI mosque." It reported, "In an unprecedented act, the leader of Long Island's Catholic Church visited the Island's largest mosque yesterday, attending a multifaith service aimed at...

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Hanukkah Embraces "Spirit of Religious Freedom"

December 10, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On December 10, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the traditional program of Hanukah songs was expanded to include 'God Bless America' and Oseh Shalom, the Jewish prayer for peace... Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz, who rode a cherry-picker into the air to light the 30-foot-high candelabra, called it 'a symbol of hope against violence and oppression'... In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the recent suicide bombings that killed more than two dozen civilians in...

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Hanukkah Embraces "Spirit of Religious Freedom"

December 10, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On December 10, 2001, The Boston Herald reported that "more than 200 Jews from around the region gathered yesterday at sundown in Downtown Crossing [Boston] as Mayor Thomas M. Menino lit a giant 15-foot menorah to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. 'Hanukkah represents the first documented fight for freedom of religion and freedom from oppression. It is appropriate for this Hanukkah event to honor the troops in Afghanistan because that is exactly what they're fighting for,' said Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman of the Lubavitch-Jewish...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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Los Angeles Jewish Community Celebrates New Sculpture

December 10, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 10, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that Beverly Hills artist Georgina Rothenberg presented "a sculpture of the hands of an elderly man passing on the Torah to the outreached hands of a child. 'L'dor V'dor,' the inscription would read in Hebrew: 'from generation to generation'... to Sinai Temple... [at] the beginning of the eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah... Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a series of suicide bombings in Israel, people have clung to their traditions and values for comfort and...

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Hanukkah Embraces "Spirit of Religious Freedom"

December 9, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 9, 2001, Newsday reported that "for many Jews, the lights of the menorah this year will represent not only the spirit of religious freedom, but freedom of the human spirit. Hanukkah's meaning, 'dedication,' also is a universal call to people of all faiths to focus on those freedoms... The weeks following the attacks have been a period of reflection, hope and redemption, said Rabbi Marc Schneier, of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach. Members of his synagogue will caravan throughout the Hamptons and light candles in memory...

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Hanukkah Embraces "Spirit of Religious Freedom"

December 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 9, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "with the country at war and violence raging in the Holy Land, the lights of Hanukkah must burn brighter than ever, some Jews say, to help dispel the darkness. The menorah, a symbol of freedom and religious tolerance, must continue to inspire hope... For the congregation of Chabad of Westborough, [MA] tonight's public lighting of a 9-foot menorah at the town rotary captures, in a small but meaningful way, the holiday's message of faith and resolve... One year ago, the town denied...

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