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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Messianic Jews Redefine Meaning of Judaism

November 4, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 4, 2000, the Kansas City Star reported that members of the Messianic Jewish congregation, Adat Yeshua, celebrated Yom Kippur in a unique way. While traditional Jewish prayers were said, there were also readings from the New Testament, bearing witness to the group's belief in Yeshua, or Jesus, as the messiah. Leader Jerry Feldman said the observance "helps members understand Yeshua as the atoning sacrifice." Speaking of Messianic Judaism, Feldman said that "all of the first followers of Yeshua were Jews. The record is...

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Jewish Activist Files Suit Against City of Burbank for First Amendment Violation

November 2, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 2, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Judge Alexander Williams III of the Los Angeles Supreme Court will preside over a case that debates 1st amendment rights. Jewish activist Irv Rubin filed suit against the city of Burbank to stop the references to Jesus Christ at Burbank's City Council meetings. Officials say "Rubin's demand is unlawful because it would force the city to censor speakers, adding that the council has no role in selecting the clerics who give the invocations." It is the Burbank Ministerial Assn....

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Jews Respond to Interfaith Marriage Question

October 31, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 31, 2000, The New York Times reported that "most American Jews accept marriages between Jews and non-Jews, a national survey by a major Jewish organization has found. The results of the survey by the American Jewish Committee contrast with the positions held by most rabbis, Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, who oppose interfaith marriage as being against Jewish tradition and a threat to the future of a distinct Jewish community. The issue has become increasingly important and controversial within many Jewish...

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ADL to Display Hateful Symbols

October 30, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On October 30, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "the best way to fight hate is to display it, the Anti-Defamation League believes. So the organization is displaying symbols used by hate groups as a way to educate people about the groups. The symbols are on a special Web site linked to the ADL site http://www.adl.org and will be sent on hard copy to school principals and law enforcement officers across the country. 'It's an early-warning system,' said Saul Rosenthal, director of the Mountain States...

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Christians, Jews, and Muslims Worship Under Same Roof

October 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

October 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported, "twelve years ago, the Irvine United Church of Christ opened its doors--and its arms--to a small Jewish congregation in search of a home. On Sunday, the church embraced followers of another faith--Islam--perhaps marking the first time in the United States that Christians, Jews and Muslims have worshiped under one roof. During the Sunday morning service, the Rev. Fred C. Plumer introduced his congregants to the church's newest tenants in a quest for greater understanding of what it...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 29, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On October 29, 2000, the New York Daily News reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton accused state Republicans yesterday of "exploiting" the bombing deaths of 17 U.S. sailors by blitzing voters with phone calls that charge she has "Arab" donors who embrace such terrorism." The article continues, "The GOP phone banks are targeting more than 1 million voters - one message for Jews, another for non-Jews. Non-Jews hear that 'the Daily News reported...Clinton attended a $50,000 fund-raiser where she accepted a plaque and money from an...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 27, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 27, 2000, a front page story in The New York Times reported, "Yesterday, as Mrs. Clinton's campaign aides began returning about 100 checks from members of the American Muslim Alliance, Muslims across the country were reminded of how difficult it remains for them to make inroads into American politics and how disputed remarks about other parts of the world can derail the acceptance of Muslim Americans here. Mrs. Clinton said on Wednesday that the checks, from a fund-raising event in June, were being returned because of '...

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Lieberman "Hurt" by Muslim Criticism

October 27, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 27, 2000, The Washington Post reported that, "Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said he is stung by concerns raised about his candidacy for vice president by Arab American groups, which are clearly hurting the Democratic ticket in several key states. In an interview with WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Mich., Lieberman, the first Jewish major-party nominee for national office, said, 'I'm hurt [by such criticism]. They have a right to what they choose to do. The fact is I've worked very closely with Arab American groups.' He...

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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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