Judaism

Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 13, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 13, 2001, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on an interfaith service that gathered Milwaukee's diverse religious communities, "Drawn by a common quest for healing, justice and peace..." Speakers included "mainline Christians, Jews, Muslims, a Sikh, a Buddhist, a Baha'i, a Hindu and a Quaker." The article quoted religious leaders in their prayers of peace and unity, including Rev. Tonen O'Connor of the Milwaukee Zen Center. "'The Buddha perceived, not that we could be one, but that we are one. In our essence...

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Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 13, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 13, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Interfaith events in the Bay Area in which people of "a wide range of traditions called for a large outdoor interfaith memorial service where residents could mourn for the victims as well as meditate on the impact of racism." The article quoted Charles Gibbs of the United Religions Initiative: "'We need to draw distinctions between people who are dedicated to violence regardless of religion and people who are dedicated to peace regardless of their religion.'"...

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Religious Communities and Advocacy Organizations Issue Statements Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating

September 13, 2001

Source: American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/press/default.htm?show.asp?ID=255

On September 13, 2001, The American Jewish Committee issued the following statement: "The catastrophic terror inflicted on American soil must not become an occasion for stereotyping or scapegoating. Jewish history makes us painfully aware that, too often, times of crisis provide opportunities for expressions of bigotry. An entire people or religion should never be implicated because of the...

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Increased Security in Response to Muslim Fears of Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 12, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported that, "From Washington to Los Angeles, Muslim leaders quickly mobilized to put out the word that they stood united with other Americans. At the same time, Muslim parochial schools were being closed, Islamic centers and mosques were being shuttered, and Muslim workers were staying off the job out of fear that they would be targeted amid an upturn in e-mail and telephone threats." Mosques and Islamic Schools throughout Southern California will increase security in response to a...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence - Immediate Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 12, 2001, The New York Times reported on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America. "In the face of suspicion and discrimination, Muslims struggled to assert their identities as loyal American citizens and to say that their religion does not approve of violence against innocents. Jews, meanwhile, could not help linking the victimization of Americans to that of Jews in Israel." The article continued, "...Muslim and Arab leaders in the New York area emphasized that they were reacting to the emergency first and...

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Rabbi Leads Politicians, Movie Stars in Campaign to Reduce Gossip

September 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.wordscanheal.com

On Tuesday September 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a group headed by an Orthodox rabbi and backed by an array of US politicians and movie stars is launching a media campaign today to reduce gossip in everyday life...The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children skip school each day because of intimidation by their peers." The group led by Rabbi Chiam Feld is called "Words Can Heal (http//:www.wordscanheal.com...

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Hasidic Community Attempts to Aid Community Member

August 29, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 29, 2001, The Boston Globe reported "the volunteers began arriving in darkness early Monday morning from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn...many of them clad in the black clothing, white shirts, and black hats favored by Hasidic Jews" to search for Abraham Hauer, a member of their community who went missing while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday. "A cultural imperative to aid any community member in danger propelled them to drive from Montreal and New York and then scour the woodland for more than 40 hours....

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Hate Group Litters Town with Anti-Semitic Propaganda

August 23, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 23, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "in response to racist and anti-Semitic leaflets dumped on lawns across town [in Sharon, Mass.]..., civic leaders have announced a candlelight vigil against the hateful messages in the town center...[The planned] vigil is similar to one that drew hundreds after several synagogue windows in Sharon were shattered more than two years ago."

Existence of Islamophobia Denied; Muslims Object

August 21, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 21, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a prominent national Islamic advocacy group today called on Jewish groups to repudiate materials distributed at a Washington, D.C., news conference by B'nai B'rith International that claimed Islamophobia, the irrational hatred of Muslims and Islam, is an 'invention' that can never exist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today's incident is but one of many attempts by pro-Israel extremists to vilify and demonize...

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Hate Group Litters Town with Anti-Semitic Propaganda

August 19, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 19, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "as many as 1,000 packets of racist and anti-Semitic propaganda were dropped on lawns across [the predominantly Jewish town of Sharon, Mass.]... signed by a West Virginia-based hate group called the National Alliance...Rob Leikend, director of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, described the National Alliance as 'one of the more sophisticated' groups promoting hate against blacks, Jews, and immigrants... He called the contents 'classic Nazi hate theories.'...Other...

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First Online Yiddish Courses Offered

August 18, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 18, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "Florida International University is...offering the first-ever Yiddish courses online. Sponsored by a local Jewish cultural center, the courses are helping revive the millenium-old language...Yiddish was the common tongue for Eastern European Jews...Its use dwindled last century due to cultural assimilation and the Holocaust...For more information, see...

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Muslims Find Ways to Swim without Breaking Rules of Islam

August 13, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

on August 13, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "combining the desire to swim and Muslim traditions, [Washington D.C]'s soaring Muslim population is renting out community pools for sex-segregated swim sessions. It's another example of how the country's Muslims...are enjoying American culture within the parameters of their faith, " which requires women to cover their hair and bodies except in the presence of close relatives. "Recreation center directors say that all-female or all-male Muslim swim sessions have become as...

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Documentary Explores Links Between Judaism and Christianity

August 11, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 11, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that a new documentary linking the traditions of Jews and Christians, Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, "is set to debut on public television in at least 70 markets this fall...An executive at Connecticut Public Television "believes that this film 'fills a vacuum' as the first even-handed documentary to address the shared heritage and differences without either side 'scoring points.'...Dr. Wilson, a professor of Old Testament and Jewish Studies at...

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Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 9, 2001

Source: Daily News

On August 9, 2001, New York's Daily News reported that "Mark Green and Alan Hevesi shifted into damage-control mode...after a videotape surfaced...The tape shows a leader of the Muslim Political Coordinating Committee saying Green told them Israel had 'made mistakes' and had criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...Two weeks ago, however, Green aides and committee leaders told the Daily News that Israel never came up in Green's meeting with the group...A Muslim leader seen on the tape, Ali Mirza, said yesterday that he spoke in...

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Nominee for International Post Under Scrutiny for Religious Views

August 7, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 7, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on Bush's new nominee for a top international aid post. As "president of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, he instituted a policy that permitted only 'committed Christians' to be hired to teach in the school's adult education program...Two civil rights groups...called on the US Senate to question...Kent R. Hill...about the hiring criteria and whether he would favor international religious groups in his new job."

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