Interfaith Prayer Vigil Held for Children

October 21, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 21, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "the hum of gospel hymns, clapping hands and fervent prayer echoed off the glass walls of the office towers surrounding Charles Center Plaza yesterday as young and old gathered to observe an interfaith Sabbath for children. About 100 Christians, Jews and Muslims joined hands and voices as they prayed for the youth in Baltimore in a local vigil that was part of the Children's Sabbath, an annual event sponsored by the National Children's Defense Fund. As part of the observance,...

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Festival of Booths Celebrated

October 21, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Temple Beth David recently had its annual Sukkah raising and decorating party. The eight-day festival is known as Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles. The festival is celebrated in September or October. In addition to celebrating the harvest, it also commemorates the end of the Jews' slavery in Egypt and the their 40 years in the desert before coming to Israel. A sukkah is the name for their sleeping quarters. The raising of the Sukkah is done primarily by the...

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Election 2000

October 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "soon after his selection as Al Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman met with several dozen Arab American leaders in Michigan who worried that, if elected vice president, the orthodox Jew would not be evenhanded on Middle Eastern policy. At the time, Lieberman earned guarded praise by listening to their concerns and reassuring them that he understands their agenda and has a record of fighting for the civil rights of Arab Americans. But after violence exploded in...

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Sukkah Burning Questioned

October 18, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On October 18, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "members of Adath Israel Congregation in St. Paul gathered Tuesday night to rebuild a sukkah that was burned by arsonists Saturday morning. A sukkah is a temporary shelter built to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the Twin Cities said Tuesday that the fire remains under investigation. No arrests have been made. The agency is asking for the public's help in solving the case. In Minneapolis, police were investigating anti-...

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Interfaith Gathering for Peace

October 17, 2000

Source: The Seattle Times

On October 17, 2000, The Seattle Times reported that as "spasms of deadly violence between Arabs and Jews continued, Jews and Muslims yesterday gathered at separate Seattle-area rallies to voice their support for friends and relatives in the Middle East, and for an end to the fighting. 'God empowers us with peace,' said Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim on Mercer Island. 'We must then take that empowerment and actualize it.' About 1,500 people attended the packed Mercer Island service, held at the Herzl-Ner...

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American Children Discuss Peace in the Middle East

October 16, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On October 16, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "children at Temple Emanuel in Denver had some advice for world leaders prepared to take part in Middle East peace talks today: Get over it. 'What's so great about some land,' said Erin Cohan, 11. 'You already have some.' Adults and children, at a temple and a mosque, mostly agreed that the flashpoint of the battle, Jerusalem, must be fairly divided. Many were thankful that peace talks appear to be under way, but expectations were low. 'The wound is...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 15, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 15, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "hundreds of Muslims gathered in downtown Atlanta on Saturday to express their solidarity with Palestinians in the Middle East and to call for an end to Israeli military strikes against them. The noisy but orderly demonstration across from CNN Center lasted three hours and attracted approximately 300 protesters, most of them Arab-Americans. Similar protests were held over the weekend in Philadelphia, New York and Washington. 'We are here...

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"A Taste of Judaism"

October 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a popular national program, 'A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?' will be rolled out over the next couple of months at seven Reform temples around Orange County. The first class begins next weekend. 'A Taste of Judaism' is designed for just about anyone who has the slightest interest in Jewish religion and culture. In fact, about 40% of those who attend are not Jewish. It's a chance for people of Jewish heritage to reconnect to their religion and for interfaith spouses...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 13, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 13, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Ventura County residents and elected officials said they were concerned Thursday about events in the Middle East after an apparent terrorist bomb killed six crewmen aboard a Navy destroyer in Yemen and rioting mobs killed two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank...Ventura County's military base, the combined station at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, has not been put on alert since the explosion next to the Cole, a destroyer that was pulling into port in Aden, Yemen, said a...

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US Jews and Muslims Respond to Violence in the Middle East

October 12, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 12, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis area Jews and Muslims are responding to the crisis in the Middle East. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis Communities held a rally in support of "the people and government of Israel." Area Muslims are saying "special prayers of petition for peace and for the victims of the recent violence in Israel."

Babysitting Swap Between Methodist Church, Reform Congregation

October 12, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 12, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "members of Evergreen Church, a new United Methodist congregation in Leesburg, helped out the Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation during the recent Jewish High Holy Days, watching young members while their parents worshiped at the Ruritan Club in Sterling. The Rev. Chip Giessler, Evergreen's pastor, said he proposed the swap last year when his church was about to celebrate its first Easter service. 'We didn't want to have to pull anyone out of services to care for the...

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Bronx Temple Vandalized

October 10, 2000

Source: The Daily News

On October 10, 2000, The Daily News (New York) published an article entitled, "Bx. Temple Vandals Used Non-explosives." Read it here.