Judaism

Newspaper that Once Helped Jewish Refugees Is Making a Comeback

June 23, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 23, 2001, The New York Times reported on The Aufbau, a newspaper founded in New York by Jewish refugees from Hitler 67 years ago. It once contained articles by Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt, and was read by "the tide of German and Austrian Jews that washed over New York in the 1930's and 1940's." Threatened with bankruptcy, it now "has restructured itself as a charitable foundation" and is making a comeback. It continues to cover stories related to the Holocaust.

Leader of Anti-Discrimination Group Calls on Churches and Synagogues

June 21, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On June 21, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "the leader of the National Conference for Community and Justice called on churches and synagogues to quash racism, bigotry and bias" at the organization's regional conference in Kansas City...He said faith-based groups in America have gotten away from fighting social ills such as racism because they have gotten too caught up with other issues."

Muslim and Jewish Interfaith Group Plans to Resume Dialogue

June 19, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 19, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "southland Muslim and Jewish leaders decided...to restart a troubled interfaith dialogue group after Mideast tensions moved the Islamic side to freeze the effort last month...The group...has lost members in the last several months as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stoked emotions and suspicions on both sides." Many, however, believe that the issues need to be squarely addressed in interfaith dialogue.

Iowa Town Not Ready for Influx of Diverse Newcomers

June 18, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 18, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on the arrival of Brooklyn-born Hasidic Jews and immigrants from Russia, Bosnia, Ukraine, Nigeria and Mexico to Postville, Iowa. "At first, the Iowans smiled stretched out their hands. But over time, they resented what they saw as the newcomers' unfriendly ways...[Some] say Postville, which has become a real-life model of diversity, immigration, and demographic shifts, proves Iowa is not [psychologically and socially] ready for a mass immigration...Of all the newcomers...the Hasidic Jews...

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Hasidic Jews At Odds with Neighbors over Plans to Build Complex

June 17, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 17, 2001, The New York Times reported on Rabbi Geisinsky, who "directs Chabad of Great Neck, the local branch of a Hasidic Jewish group that focuses on outreach and education." To meet the huge turnout of worshippers, Chabad of Great Neck bought a waterfront property in Kings Point, New York, to build a synagogue on. "But then a group of neighbors who opposed the plan got organized, and...became the Peninsula Environmental Conservancy. They hired a legal team, a traffic analyst, an environmental consultant and a public...

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Jewish Humanist Congregations Are a Growing Trend

June 17, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On June 17, 2001, The Washington Post reported on Beth Chai, which "is a Jewish humanist congregation, providing a home for Jews who want a quasi-religious setting to celebrate their cultural identity and heritage -- except for the part about God. It is one of two such congregations in the Washington area. The other is D.C.-based Machar... Both groups are part of a movement of Jewish humanist communities that is growing increasingly organized in a country where 60 percent of Jews are unaffiliated with a mainstream synagogue...

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Houses of Worship Offer Relief to Flood Victims

June 16, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 16, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "as the water from Tropical Storm Allison began to recede...a flood of donations and volunteers rushed into the fellowship hall of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church [in Houston] to help a trained troupe of parishioners activate a shelter for the American Red Cross...This 'miracle' was repeated throughout the Houston area last week as houses of worship became sanctuaries for residents fleeing the floods...Organizations such as churches, mosques and synagogues are...

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Panel Discusses Interfaith Marriages

June 16, 2001

Source: Newsday

On June 16, 2001, Newsday reported on an interfaith marriage panel, "which brought together four interfaith couples and four clergy members earlier this month at Huntington Congregational Church in Centerport [New York]." Among other things, the panelists discussed wedding ceremonies, raising children, cultural differences, and all that interfaith marriages can teach a couple.

Orthodox Jews Face Prejudice In New Jersey Town

June 15, 2001

Source: The Record

On June 15, 2001, The Record published an opinion piece about statements made by opponents of the construction of an eruv in Tenafly, New Jersey. Eruvin are symbolic walls that allow the Orthodox to carry things out of their homes on the Sabbath. "The comments are...us-versus-them comments...The comments are cloaked in code words: about how these 'other people' are so different, and about what their moving in might do to schools, property values, and the town's identity...Getting to know people makes all the difference. It does away...

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Holocaust Survivor Finds Faith in God and Becomes Rabbi

June 15, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 15, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Helga Newmark, who played with Anne Frank as a girl and who, along with her family, was taken to a concentration camp. "She lost her father, her grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and...she lost her faith in God...[But] when she was in her 50s, [she began a] journey [that] led her to want to be a rabbi...In May 2000, she was ordained in the Reform movement, the first female Holocaust survivor to be a rabbi."

Supreme Court Ruling Permits Religious Groups to Use Classroom Space

June 12, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 12, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Supreme Court strengthened the free-speech rights of religious groups...ruling that a Christian youth group must be permitted to hold an after-school Bible study class in a public elementary school...The court's opinion stressing the rights of religious advocates should give a boost to President Bush's 'faith-based' initiative...In dissent, Justice David H. Souter said the ruling appears to stand 'for the remarkable proposition that any public school opened for civil...

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Iranian Jew Helps Iranian Muslim Despite Political Differences

June 10, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 10, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on Iranian immigrant and Muslim Dariush Farshidian, who was "weary of four years in INS detention both on Terminal Island and in Bakersfield, [California]...He needed $5,000 to post bond." In a letter to fellow Iranian Pooya Dayanim, Farshidian asked for help, conveying his "anger at U.S. treatment of INS detainees and his fear of imprisonment, if not execution, by Iranian officials...Several members of the Iranian Jewish community [including Pooya] quickly rallied to Farshidian's...

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Baccalaureate to Be Held with Christian, Jewish and Muslim Speakers

June 10, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On June 10, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "A baccalaureate will be held...for graduating seniors of Gar-Field, Hylton and Potomac high schools, as well as for private school and home-schooled students, at Christ Chapel" in Woodbridge. "The baccalaureate, a religious service for graduates, will include participation by Christian, Jewish and Muslim speakers."

Orthodox Jews in Valley Program Study Daily for 14 Hours

June 9, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 9, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that 20 Orthodox Jewish young men are about to complete their yearlong study of Talmudic teaching on property rights. They have studied the sacred scriptures for 14 hours a day, six days a week since September. The young men "say the daily study regimen has given them a deep personal satisfaction they cannot find anywhere else...Rabbi Avrohom Stulberger, principal of Valley Torah High School, developed and launched the program last September."

Protestant Congregations Face Shortage of Clergy

June 9, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 9, 2001, The New York Times reported that Protestant congregations are facing a shortage of ministers. "For Protestant denominations, religion officials say, the problem's roots include the attraction of more lucrative careers in what long was a booming economy, a wide variety of choices in religious life for seminary graduates and escalating retirements from a demanding job in which the pay is often modest and the hours are long. [In addition] diminishing membership within the larger denominations has meant that a growing...

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