Judaism

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 24, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 24, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an editorial arguing that "the pastor at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Cobb County [Georgia] was acting fully within his prerogatives in deciding that a rabbi would not be welcome to deliver a sermon during a baccalaureate service for Walton High School...That said, we also believe that the Walton High PTSA committee was absolutely correct to move its baccalaureate service to the Cobb Civic Center rather than allow any hosting facility...

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Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 23, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 23, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the response to the Rev. Mickler's decision to bar a rabbi from giving baccalaureate services in his church. "The Rev. Randy Mickler's words earned a standing ovation from his Mount Bethel United Methodist Church congregation Sunday as he defended his refusal to permit a rabbi to speak from his pulpit...The same decision has prompted some Jewish families to cut ties to the Cobb County church's popular youth sports program."

Memorial Service Honors Holocaust Victims and Jewish Spirit

April 21, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On April 21, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the 2001 Yom Hashoah/Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Service in Overland Park, Kansas, which "honors the memory of those who died during the Holocaust and the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people."

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 20, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 20, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Rabbi Steven Lebow claimed to be "flabbergasted" when he was informed that Mount Bethel United Methodist Church would not let him give the address to Walton High School's graduating seniors there because of his Jewish beliefs. ""Our philosophy is that the doors should be open, not closed," he said. "I wouldn't expect him to compromise his faith in Christ. All I want is the same respect from him."

EEOC to Investigate Allegations of Anti-Semitism at a Minnesota College

April 20, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On April 20, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the chancellor of Minnesota's state colleges and universities and the president of St. Cloud State University have taken the apparently unprecedented step of asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate allegations of systemic anti-Semitism at St. Cloud State. The move follows the filing of complaints with the EEOC by several Jewish members or former members of the St. Cloud State faculty."

Fashion at Religious Services Becomes More Laid-Back

April 20, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 20, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on the latest fashion trend among Southern Californian worshippers at Sunday services. "Sunday wardrobes now reflect age, ethnicity and even hobbies...Clergy do agree on one thing: Clothes styles don't matter to God. The debate is over whether clothes make, or at least help, the worshiper...Other religions [including Judaism and Islam] have seen a slight dip in fashion formality, though nothing like the eclectic fashion sense of Christian congregations."

Orthodox Jews Face Prejudice In New Jersey Town

April 15, 2001

Source: The Record

On April 15, 2001, The Record reported that "Orthodox leaders say Tenafly's eruv has been vandalized several times in recent months, and police are investigating." The vandalism began in December, when U.S. District Judge William G. Bassler issued a temporary restraining order allowing the eruv to remain while the court case proceeds. Those that are caught tampering with the eruv risk being charged with a bias crime.

Poll Finds Social Action Is of Primary Importance to Most Jews

April 14, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 14, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "a poll of U.S. Jews suggests they're generally more interested in social action than religious matters...Asked to pick which is more important, 56 percent favored work for social justice vs. 6 percent for studying the Torah."

Rabbi Honored with Cronkite Award

April 13, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 13, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Steven B. Jacobs, a Woodland Hills [California] rabbi who has championed social justice issues and traveled to Kosovo on a 1999 peace mission with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, will receive the third annual Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. Jacobs...has been outspoken nationally and locally on labor and race issues."

Recent Comic Strip about Easter Offends Many

April 13, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 13, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on a "B.C." comic strip by cartoonist Johnny Hart, which "depicts the candles of a menorah being extinguished one by one until the Judaic symbol is finally transformed into a cross. The strip...already has disappointed and angered some readers, religious leaders and newspapers...Critics argue Hart's message is that Christianity replaced Judaism as a viable religion 2,000 years ago." Hart said "his purpose was merely to honor both Easter and Passover."

Recent Comic Strip about Easter Offends Many

April 12, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

on April 12, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that Jewish and Christian leaders are objecting to a B.C. comic strip run on Easter, which carries a religious theme that they see as offensive to Jews. The Los Angeles-based Jewish Defense League said the comic "fuels the ideals that have led to our persecution and murder for thousands of years."

Orthodox Jews Face Prejudice In New Jersey Town

April 10, 2001

Source: The Record

On April 10, 2001, The Record published an opinion piece, which said that "the construction of an eruv is simple and unobtrusive, and is an overall benefit to any community with a growing Orthodox Jewish presence." The writer offered the eruv in West Orange, New Jersey, as an example.

Cantors in Short Supply

April 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 9, 2001, The Boston Herald reported on a shortage of cantors in both the Conservative and Orthodox movements. "Cantors have long played a role in the Jewish faith...Jewish leaders say the cantor's changing role is one of the reasons for the shortage." Besides singing, cantors now have added responsibilities, such as officiating at weddings and funerals, directing the synagogue chorus, and teaching Hebrew scripture.

Mixed-Faith Couples Face Challenges

April 8, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On April 8, 2001, The Denver Post reported on the challenges that face couples of mixed religious faiths. "The bumping together of religion and tradition isn't as simple for couples of different faiths deciding how to raise their children, practice their beliefs and cope with their families...Christian ministers are mixed on whether they will co-officiate at [wedding] ceremonies...'There are [only] a couple hundred' rabbis across the country who will co-officiate with a minister, said one Denver rabbi."

Jewish Leaders Desire Overhaul of Education about Christianity

April 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "over the last several decades, the Catholic Church has made extraordinary changes in the way it talks about Jews and Judaism...[It] now goes out of its way to" present Jews in a favorable light. "At the same time, Jewish educators have not significantly changed" the negative way they portray Christians. "Some prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to question whether they, like their Catholic counterparts, need to overhaul the way they teach their children." Their desire for...

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