Judaism

American Jews Celebrate the Meaning of Hannukah

December 21, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On December 21, 2000, The Washington Post reported that the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, MD hosted about 50 recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union last Friday during pre-Hannukah festivities. Some of the immigrants recounted stories about how it was forbidden for them to practice their faith in Russia. "The Gateway program and the Community Resettlement Program, both of which are funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, helps Jews to resettle in the Washington area. Since the Soviet Union broke...

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Anti-Arab Jewish Group Outsmarts Law

December 19, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On December 19, 2000, The New York Times reported on the Rabbi Meir Kahane Memorial Fund, which was established in memory of "the radical Brooklyn Jew and Israeli politician who was assassinated" 10 years ago. The fund supports the "political and religious activities in Israel" of Kahane's son Binyamin, who has "been associated with terrorist groups." Members of the Kahane political organizations "are still seen organizing anti-Arab demonstrations and handing out literature." In 1995, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai...

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Advocacy Group For Jewish Developmentally Disabled Comes Closer To Achieving Goals

December 18, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 18, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Rose Lacher, founder of the Jeremiah Society, an advocacy group for Jewish developmentally disabled adults based in Orange County, is closer to realizing her dream of buying a house for these adults. Rabbi Moishe Engel spoke to society members at Congregation B'nai Tzedek about Hannukah. Lacher's daughter, Amy, who has Williams syndrome, was part of the congregation. "The society, which was awarded independent nonprofit status in May, meets the third Sunday of each month...

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Reform Movement Cracks Down On Sexual Misconduct

December 7, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 7, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "this week's suspension of Reform Judaism's central seminary leader for alleged sexual misconduct highlighted the Reform movement's crackdown on such behavior in recent years, officials said Wednesday. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman resigned from his post as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after the Reform rabbinate's ethics committee suspended him for two years. Although details were confidential, Zimmerman did not contest charges that he violated...

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Anti-Jewish Attacks On The Rise

December 6, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 6, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that "the Palestinian-Israeli battles that have convulsed the Middle East since late September have sparked the most intense wave of assaults on Jews and Jewish institutions worldwide since World War II, Jewish leaders say. In France, more than 50 synagogues have been attacked, some more than once, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of several organizations monitoring the events. Most assaults were fire bombings, but there also have been numerous stonings, targeting students...

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Community Meeting to Be Held in Los Angeles Regarding Mideast

December 3, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 3, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Biola University in La Mirada is set to hold the region's first major town hall meeting on the crisis Monday with Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Christian university's forum--expected to draw 3,000 people under the eyes of extra security guards--will attempt to move beyond finger-pointing to discuss concrete peacekeeping ideas. It reflects what organizers say is the small beginning of a return to dialogue, two months after the outbreak of violence that froze the peace...

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New Cantor in Kansas Adds New Dimension to Jewish Services

November 29, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 29, 2000, The Kansas City Star reported that "...for the 1,800 families who belong to Temple B'nai Jehudah in the Kansas City area, this new cantor with a soprano voice and her own compact disc of contemporary Jewish music is quite a twist from the more traditional clergy who've served during the 130-year history of the temple. She's the first female cantor at the temple, and her warm, folksy, contemporary style has inspired the congregation since she took up her post last July...In the Jewish faith, cantors of the...

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Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group Falls Apart Over Mideast Conflict

November 27, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 27, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in a heartfelt letter to his congregation at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John L. Rosove described the first stage of the breakdown. One of the members of the Jewish Muslim peacemakers group he belongs to had just resigned. He spoke of being deeply disappointed about prospects for peace in the Middle East and recognized that many in his congregation felt the same way. He wondered what the future can possibly hold for Israeli-Palestinian relations and feared that years...

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Local Los Angeles Groups Celebrate Thanksgiving in Unique Ways

November 22, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 22, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "thirteen-year-old Kevin Rosenberg and his classmates at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School assembled 32 gift baskets Tuesday, complete with turkey and trimmings, dessert, flowers, cards and a can opener. The baskets were delivered to Jewish Family Service's Family Violence Project, which will give them to victims of domestic violence...Heschel Day School is among many nonprofit organizations around the San Fernando Valley that are serving disadvantaged residents this holiday...

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Attorneys Seek Common Ground over Jewish and Muslim Issues

November 10, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 10, 2000, the Chicago Sun Times reported that "while two Arab-American teens appeared in a North Side courtroom Thursday, charged with firing marbles at Jews, attorneys with heritage on both sides of the Middle East divide met in a groundbreaking goodwill luncheon at the Chicago Bar Association." Stuart Nudelman, a Jewish judge and Samuel J. Betar III, an Arab-American judge, co-chaired the meeting. "Members of the Arab-American Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Jewish lawyers agreed they want youth in this...

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Central Ohio Muslims, Christians and Jews Gather for the First Time

November 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Mazhar Jalil, Norman Hosansky and Monsignor Stephan Moloney...are members of a committee that has organized the 'Building Religious Tolerance' conference Nov. 19 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University." This is the first time that Central Ohio Muslims, Christians, and Jews have met all together. The representatives say that the initiative is due partly to the increasing number of Muslism in the area. In response to growing diversity, the community wants to...

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Los Angeles Islamic Center Vandalized Yet Again

November 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "For the third time in two weeks, the Islamic Center of Southern California has been vandalized; police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. Salam Al-Marayati, national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said that, in the past, similar acts have been triggered by tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the Mideast. But he could not recall three other incidents in such a short time span. In response, officials have heightened security at the...

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Tampa Synagogue Attracts Children of All Ages and Calls for Jews to Rediscover Faith

November 8, 2000

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On November 8, 2000, The Tampa Tribune reported that "One synagogue has found a way to bring lapsed Jews back to their faith: appeal to their children. As a rabbi of a large south Tampa synagogue, Richard Birnholz owns many yarmulkes. But his favorite - the one he gets to wear once a month - features the Cookie Monster and Big Bird. Birnholz also relies on Bert and Ernie, also puppets from "Sesame Street," to help with Tot Shabbat, his temple's monthly service for infants and preschoolers. He and his props give lessons on...

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