Judaism

Passover

April 17, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 17, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the growing trend of including Miriam in the Passover Seder. In the Biblical story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, Miriam, Moses' oldest sister, kept up the spirits of the fleeing Israelites and was rewarded by God with a miraculous well that traveled with them to help them survive as they wandered the desert. Traditionally, a cup is offered on the Seder table for Elijah, but some Jews, many of whom are using a feminist version of the Seder prayer book, the Haggada,...

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Passover and Easter

April 16, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 16, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Interfaith Households Face Challenge at Holidays: Finding Common Ground Can Ease Celebration of Passover, Easter."

The Bukharian Jewish Community in New York

April 13, 2000

Source: Daily News

On April 13, 2000, the Daily News of New York published an article on the efforts of the Bukharian Jewish community in Queens, NY to keep their youth educated about Bukharian culture. More than 40,000 residents in the Rego Park and Forest Hills sections of Queens are Bukharian Jews. Bukhara is a former state in southwest Asia, now part of Uzbekistan. The YMCA in Forest Hills is sponsoring a weekly program called Chaverim Bukharian Teen Lounge, which is designed to be a safe place for teenage Bukharian Jews to hang out with each other and...

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Jewish Initiative to Plant Trees in St. Louis, Missouri

April 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On April 10, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St. Louis Environmental Initiative held a tree-planting ceremony on April 9th as 300 saplings were planted in the Kennedy Woods in St. Louis' Forest Park. About 50 people attended the Initiative's tree-planting, which is part of an overall project to plant 60,000 trees in the region, one for each of the Jews who live in the area. Rabbi Mordecai Miller of Congregation Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel spoke at the ceremony: "As others have planted for us - so let us...

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Orthodox Rabbi Speaks at Shabbat in Reform Temple

April 1, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On April 1, 2000, the Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that Rabbi Mordecai Twerski became the first Orthodox rabbi to speak at a regular Shabbat service in the Reform congregation of Temple Emanuel in Denver, Colorado. Rabbi Stephen Foster of Temple Emanuel stated: "This is a big thing in the Jewish community...We're thrilled. We're a small community. If the Israelis and the Arabs can make peace, why can't Jews make peace?" Foster continued: "He's been in our synagogue before, but never in our sanctuary during our...

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Shabbat Across America/Canada

March 30, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On March 30, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) has organized a program entitled, "Shabbat Across America/Canada" that will take place this Friday, March 31st. It is a coordinated national event with the participation of approximately 750 synagogues to invite unaffiliated Jews to Shabbat services. Shabbat Across America/Canada is the first nationally orchestrated program targeting all the major denominations of Judaism and is also the first...

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Synagogue in Brooklyn Heights, New York Celebrates 40th Anniversary in New Building

March 26, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On March 26, 2000, the Daily News reported that the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, a Reform congregation that is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, now has a new home in a building that was purchased and renovated with funds from a $4 million fund-raising campaign. The building, formerly the Brooklyn Club, contains a sanctuary that seats 300, an upper floor for meetings and classes, and a lower floor that houses classrooms and a shelter. Rabbi Serge Lippe, the spiritual leader of the synagogue, says that there are over 300...

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Purim

March 20, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 20, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 700 people celebrated Purim on Sunday, March 19th at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, California. Purim commemorates the triumph of Queen Esther, who stopped a plot against Persian Jews more than 2,000 years ago, as recounted in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Two Men Indicted in Arson of Synagogues

March 18, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 18, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on the indictment of arson suspects from last summer's synagogue arsons. Some Jewish leaders are concerned that the trial will offer a platform for their white supremacist ideology. For Jana Uslan, president of Congregation Beth Shalom, "this indictment provides a sense of relief...(b)ut our attitude has always been: We will go on; we won't let terrorists and racists stop us from practicing Judaism." These same individuals are also under arrest for the murder of a gay couple...

Purim

March 18, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On March 18, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times published an article on Purim. Rabbi Zvi Ettinger from Congregation Beth Sholom in Beverly Hills, Florida, stated: "This is an exceptionally important holiday to our people because of the lessons they have learned from it." Rabbi Ettinger continued: "Purim instructs us that although we eat and enjoy ourselves, we must never lose sight of who we are and what ethical concepts must motivate us in our daily pursuits. We can satisfy ourselves, but we must never lose sight of our...

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"Jewish Tradition Can Help Solve Muslim Interest Dilemma"

March 18, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On March 18, 2000, the Minneapolis Star Tribune printed an article outlining the Jewish resolution to the difficulties that arise from the religious prohibition (shared by Jews and Muslims) of payment of interest. The concept of "Heter Iskah" requires that both parties to the financial transaction agree to be "partners in a joint venture" and to share the profits rather than structure the relationship as "lender-borrower" with interest payment. Muslims have arranged formal joint ventures, but this has often proven cumbersome without...

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Purim

March 17, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On March 17, 2000, The Washington Post published an article reporting how families and children celebrate Purim. Typically, families attend carnivals, perform or watch Purim plays in costume that tell the story of Esther, and eat sweet foods.

Jewish Youths Returning to Faith

March 15, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 15, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article on the phenomenon of Jewish youth returning to traditional forms of Judaism. Rebecca Katz, a 23-year-old Harvard Law student, grew up in an assimilated Jewish family. At Harvard, she's been learning Hebrew and celebrating a traditional Shabbat. Katz tells that her parents are not pleased: "My mother explicitly used the word 'rebellion.' She feels very much that I'm doing this to get back at her...Before, I didn't really care about honoring my mother and father. It's strange,...

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Cardinal Law's Apology

March 14, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 14, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), an umbrella organization for many local and statewide groups, wrote to Cardinal Bernard Law about the apology he offered on March 11th for sins committed by Catholics. The letter, written by Donald Siegel, president, and Nancy K. Kaufman, executive director of the JCRC, praised Law and pledged to move forward in their joint fight against discrimination: "Jews and Catholic together know much needs to be done to fulfill...

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