Judaism

Christian-Jewish Interfaith Relations

October 30, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 30, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an article on the 16th Annual Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, a forum held every two years to broaden communication and understanding between the two religions. This year's workshop was held in Houston and attended by 350 people. Jay Rock, a Presbyterian and director for Interfaith Relations of the National Council of Churches in New York, discussed the different Christian approaches to viewing salvation that can either accommodate or complicate interfaith relations...

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Reform Jewish School to Open in St. Louis, Missouri

October 30, 1999

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 30, 1999, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article on the Gateway Day School, a Reform Jewish school that plans to open in August 2000 in St. Louis, MO. The school, which has yet to find an exact location, will be one of only 30 Reform Jewish schools in the United States. The school plans to open initially for kindergarten and first grade, then hopes to expand to include more grades in the coming years. All seven Reform congregations in the St. Louis area have parents who want their children enrolled. The...

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Rabbi Jacob Pressman

October 23, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 23, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on Rabbi Jacob Pressman on his 80th birthday. Pressman is largely responsible for the growth of Conservative Judaism in Southern California, which is now home to the nation's second largest Jewish community. He was a founder and the first registrar of the University of Judaism in 1947. He helped to start the Beverly Hills Maple Counseling Center (forerunner of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute), Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA, Akiba Academy, and what became known as the Rabbi...

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Orthodox Jewish Group Supports New York Mayor Giuliani in Art Controversy

October 10, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On October 10, 1999, the Daily News reported that Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox Jewish organization, will file a brief with Brooklyn Federal Judge Nina Gershon in support of New York City's decision to revoke funding for the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The museum has come under controversy for displaying an exhibit called "Sensation," a collection of works by young British artists that includes a portrait of the Madonna with elephant dung and pornographic cutouts. Agudath Israel's brief, dated October 7th, states...

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Jewish Boarding School Planned to Include Students from All Branches

October 2, 1999

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 2, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported that the first phase of construction for the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina will begin in November with 8 to 10 buildings planned for construction. The Jewish boarding school will be the first in the nation to include students from Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform backgrounds. Organizers have raised $40 million for a school that will accommodate 800 students. Planning for the school began in 1996 by a group of Greensboro philanthropists; one anonymous...

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Competition for Building Sukkot Provides Avenue for Social Justice

September 25, 1999

Source: Star Tribune

On September 25, 1999, the Star Tribune reported that in honor of the Jewish holiday Sukkot, a competition was held in the Twin Cities of Minnesota to build sukkot, which are temporary structures used during the harvest in ancient Jewish tradition for which the holiday is named. Six designs for full-sized sukkah, which are 9 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 8 feet tall and designed to house a table, bed, and bench, were chosen from the 25 that were submitted. They will be constructed and on display throughout Sukkot at different Jewish...

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Controversial Efforts of Jewish Conversion During High Holy Days

September 23, 1999

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 23, 1999, The Christian Science Monitor published an article on the Southern Baptist Convention's push to convert Jews. The prayer guide for Jewish conversion asks members to focus on praying for a Jewish population in a particular place in the world each day and "to pray each day for Jewish individuals...by name." The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) intends to do the same for Muslims during Ramadan, for Hindus during Divali, and for Buddhists during the Festival of Lights. Abraham Foxman, national...

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Growth of Jewish Communities in Southern Maryland

September 21, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On September 21, 1999, The Washington Post published an article on the pioneering efforts of Jewish communities in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties in Southern Maryland. A region with deep Catholic roots which date back to 1634, Southern Maryland has witnessed an increase in the number of Jewish families living in the area. Sha'are Shalom Congregation, a 40-family Jewish group formed in Charles County nine years ago, is looking to buy land and build the county's first synagogue. Beth Israel, the only synagogue in St....

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Controversy Over School Closings for Jewish Holy Days in Ohio

September 19, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 19, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the school closings at the Sycamore Community School District in Ohio entitled, "School Breaks for Jewish Holidays Bring Lawsuit."

Jewish Congregation in California Hosts Interfaith Service on Reconciliation and Healing

September 19, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 19, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that Temple Knesset Israel in Los Angeles, which saw a swastika painted on the entranceway to the temple's preschool with the phrase "Jews die" on August 14th, hosted an interfaith service to speak out against the recent surge of hate crimes and to promote reconciliation and healing. Leaders from Jewish, African American, Central American, Latino, and Asian communities spoke at the service, which was held the day before Yom Kippur.

Controversial Efforts of Jewish Conversion During High Holy Days

September 18, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 18, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article on the expanded efforts of Hebrew Christians and Southern Baptists to convert Jews to Christianity during the High Holy Days. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, stated: "We feel the High Holy Days are an important time in the Jewish calendar when many of my people are thinking about spiritual things...This year we're hoping the Jewish people will look at Jesus in a new way." Jews for Jesus has stepped up its...

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Disney Millennium Exhibit Causes Controversy

September 16, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the growing controversy over a Disney exhibit for Epcot's Millennium Village, scheduled to open on October 1st, which features Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to the city, which figures prominently in current peace negotiations between the two sides. A spokesman for Disney stated: "We are not taking sides on this issue...We are in the business of entertainment, trying to provide a good experience for our guests." Bill...

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Jewish High Holy Days

September 13, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 13, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that 400 people, Jews from the University Synagogue and Christians from the Irvine United Church of Christ, gathered at the Irvine church for a joint Rosh Hashanah worship service on Sunday, September 12th.

Jewish High Holy Days

September 11, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On September 11, 1999, The Washington Post published a feature article on the mixed reactions of Reform Jews to the Pittsburgh Platform, which encourages Reform Jews to embrace more traditional practices.

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