Interfaith Organizations Expand their Missions

April 7, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

On April 7, 2001, the New York Daily News reported on two interfaith groups: the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the National Conference for Community and Justice. "The growth in [other] organizations working specifically on togetherness among faiths frees their groups to expand their missions. The National Conference and the Tanenbaum Center have moved on to such matters as diversity in the workplace, religion's role in solving conflicts and development of leaders in institutions with histories of...

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Making the Story of Passover Fun for Young Jews to Learn

April 7, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On April 7, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on "a determined generation of Seder hostesses who creatively work so that their children grow up not just loving Passover foods but the defining story of their ancestors' great escape as well." They find fun ways to tell their children the story of the exodus so that they will understand and love being Jews.

Sabbath-Passover Conjunction Provides Challenge to Observant Jews

April 5, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 5, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that observant Jews this week must "prepare a Passover Seder for Saturday night--the work equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner--without being able to cook for 24 hours before the meal. The culinary quandary is just one challenge posed by this year's back-to-back pairing of the Sabbath...and Passover...Orthodox and Conservative rabbis have been busy advising concerned congregants on how to perform the rituals of both holy days without violating Jewish law."

Organization Provides Alternative to Synagogue for Unaffiliated Jews

April 1, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 1, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on "70 families involved in the Jewish Family Workshop, an organization that provides weekly Hebrew and religion classes for children, services on the high holy days...and a social network for Jewish or partially Jewish families." The Natick, Massachusetts, organization "provides an easy-going alternative for families that want to preserve Jewish culture without all the rituals and obligations of a synagogue."

Research Group Documents Religious Diversity in the Bible Belt

April 1, 2001

Source: The Tennessean


On April 1, 2001, The Tennessean reported that the Bible Belt is now home to "Six Buddhist communities. Five Jewish congregations. Five Islamic mosques. A Baha'i center. A Hindu temple and a Hindu ashram, or teaching abode. Plus assorted Sikhs and Jains...Others exist, too." Tom Russell, a...

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Rabbi Points Out Similarities between Jews and Muslims

March 31, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 31, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that at a Sabbath service at Temple Ohav Shalom in Pennsylvania, Jews and Muslims were described as "close-knit cousins." Farooq Hussaini of the Islamic Center of Greater Pittsburgh said Islam "has more in common with the Judeo-Christian faith than with any of the world's other religions." The rabbi who led the service noted that both groups have experienced being "the other."

Stores and Restaurants in Seattle Increasingly Offering Kosher Fare

March 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times


On March 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "in the Seattle area, a number of kosher restaurants and food stores have sprung up...The Puget Sound area has seen a steady rise in the number of Jews moving to the area--from 30,000 a decade ago to about 37,000 now," including many who are reclaiming orthodox rituals and traditions. "The...

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Synagogues Advertise the Sabbath to Nonobserving Jews

March 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on "the advertising campaign of Shabbat Across America, an annual event targeting an estimated 5.5 million Jews across the nation who don't attend Sabbath services." According to one rabbi, the Sabbath is "one of the foundation stones of Judaism."

Female Rabbi Assumes Unprecedented Leadership Position

March 21, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 21, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a suburban rabbi will become the first woman to head a major board of rabbis in the United States when she takes over as president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis in May." Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus "was the first woman rabbi in Illinois when she was ordained in 1979."

Baltimore Mayor Seeks Support for His Faith-Based Initiative

March 13, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On March 13, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore's "Mayor Martin O'Malley called on religious leaders yesterday to support his faith-based initiative, Baltimore Rising, which will connect 300 mentors in inner-city churches with 100 youths deemed most likely to kill or be killed by violent crime...Solving the crime, violence and drug addiction in the inner city 'requires a spiritual element...,' O'Malley said."

Bukharian Jews Plan New Community Center

March 11, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On March 11, 2001, The New York Times reported on plans to build a new Bukharian Jewish Community Center in New York to replace the one that was torn down three years ago. The previous center had been "a hub for more than 40,000 Bukharian Jews, who live mostly in Forest Hills and Rego Park." Bukharians want the center to help them preserve their 2,500-year-old culture. "The [new] structure will house a synagogue, social-service office, theater, social club, space for an after-school program and [a Bukharian] museum."

Raucous Jewish Holiday Celebrated New-Orleans Style

March 10, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On March 10, 2001, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on the celebration of Purim, "Judaism's most raucous holiday," in New Orleans. It includes music, dancing, costumes, and the "rabbinic injunction to drink until one." One rabbi described Purim as a night of "irreverent reverence." The feast of Purim recalls "the ancient tale of Jewish deliverance that is the Book of Esther."

Lawyer Challenges Use of Secret Evidence to Fight Terrorism

March 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 9, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on civil-rights lawyer Juliette Kayyem, who is executive director of a project on counterterrorism and domestic preparedness at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is waging what seems "like a one-woman war within the Justice Department against the use of secret evidence... Acting on secret evidence, US officials now seize, detain, and deport foreigners suspected of terrorist activities." The National Commission on Terrorism, the congressionally appointed panel she sits on, "...

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Organization Creates Friendships that Cross Different Religions

March 7, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On March 7, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the founder of HateBusters, an organization that arranged the first of a monthly series of visits by Christians to the houses of worship of three other major religions in Kansas City, the Hindu Temple, Beth Shalom Synagogue and the Islamic Center." The purpose of the trips, said the founder, is to ask, "How are we all as people of faith like each other, and how can we become neighbors?"

Lieberman Endorses Faith-Based Initiative

March 3, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 3, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has endorsed President Bush's" new faith-based initiative. He "said supporters must make the case that there is a proper place for faith in public life."