Judaism

Jewish High Holy Days - Year 5760

September 4, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 4, 1999, The Plain Dealer published an article on the role of prayer for American Jews. Since only about 11 percent of the nation's nearly 6 million Jews attend weekly Shabbat services (according to the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey), most American Jews are unused to regular worship and the practice of traditional prayer. Since the 1990 survey also found that 60 percent of the Jewish community attends High Holy Day services, many rabbis run beginner services so that the attending Jews may learn how to pray the...

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Jewish High Holy Days - Year 5760

September 4, 1999

Source: The Kansas City Star

On September 4, 1999, The Kansas City Star published an article on the High Holy Days as a time to reflect upon the recent acts of violence against the Jews in the United States. Joseph Schultz, former director of the Center for Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas, told of a prayer on the High Holy Days which reminds Jews that, "it is only when a united humanity feels it is responsible for one another and seeks to elevate one another that we truly realize the sovereignty of God in the world." Marvin Szneler,...

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Hasidic Man Killed in Police Shooting in New York

September 2, 1999

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On September 2, 1999, The Jerusalem Post reported that Gideon Busch, a 31-year-old Hasidic man who lived in Borough Park, Brooklyn and was known to be mentally ill, was shot 12 times and killed by four police officers on Monday, August 30th after Busch attacked the officers with a hammer and refused to be subdued with pepper spray. When New York City officials were quick to defend the actions of the police in this situation, "other ethnic groups intimated that police were more concerned about having shot a Jew than they had been...

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Hasidic Man Killed in Police Shooting in New York

September 1, 1999

Source: New York Daily News

On September 1, 1999, the Daily News of New York published an article on the shooting of Gideon Busch. After a meeting with Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and Commissioner Safir, several Orthodox Jewish leaders, including Noach Dear, held a news conference in support of the Police Department. "The Police Department did what they had to do," Dear said. Safir also defended his officers: "This isn't the movies. You don't shoot hammers out of hands. You don't shoot people in the leg. If you use your weapon in exerting deadly physical force...

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Jewish High Holy Days - Year 5760

August 30, 1999

Source: The Denver Post

On August 30, 1999, The Denver Post published an article on the new Boulder Jewish Community Center in Boulder, Colorado. The 17,000 square-foot facility provides meeting space for many local Jewish organizations and has begun to act as a center of Jewish life in Boulder. Ellen Brown, a board member of the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation, stated: "All the Jewish organizations in Boulder have gotten together and we're going to have one building where everyone can be together, the preschools and the grandparents and the singles and...

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Jews for Jesus to Build Theme Park in Orlando, Florida

August 29, 1999

Source: The Buffalo News

On August 29, 1999, The Buffalo News reported that Jews for Jesus plans to build a $10 million theme park called The Holy Land Experience on 15 acres near the Walt Disney World park in Orlando, FL. The park "will recreate the land of Israel shortly after Jesus' death with replicas of the Herodian Temple and the limestone caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found." Groundbreaking is scheduled for next month and the park plans to open in the Autumn of 2000.

Shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish Center

August 14, 1999

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 14, 1999, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Buford O. Furrow Jr., the man accused of wounding five people at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California on August 10th, had plans to attack other Los Angeles area Jewish centers. Police found a map in Furrow's "ammunition-filled van that indicated he had scouted the Museum of Tolerance, the Skirball Cultural Center and the University of Judaism." An hour after the attack, Furrow shot and killed a postal worker because he was a non...

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Shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish Center

August 13, 1999

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 13, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an editorial opinion by Donna Ostrower, executive director of the Houston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Ostrower writes about hate groups such as Christian Identity and World Church of the Creator, with whom Buford Furrow, Timothy McVeigh, and Benjamin Smith had connections. With about 90 ministries in 34 states, Christian Identity is able to promulgate its racist theological message.According to Ostrower, Christian Identity "distorts Genesis to preach that people...

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Shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish Center

August 13, 1999

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On August 13, 1999, The Jerusalem Post reported that President Clinton was to discuss the Los Angeles Jewish center shootings with American Jewish leaders at the White House on Thursday, August 12th. Attorney General Janet Reno addressed the shootings at her weekly briefing on Wednesday at the Justice Department: "Hate crimes represent an attack not just on individual victims, but also on the victims' communities. They tear at the very fabric of a people's life...I believe we must seriously explore the possibility of requiring...

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Shootings at a Los Angeles Jewish Center

August 12, 1999

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 12, 1999, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bay Area Jewish day camps increased security after the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center. More security guards and heightened police surveillance were just some of the measures taken by the area Jewish centers. Jewish Community Services of Oakland covered their agency's name on three youth vans, so that those vans carrying children would not be targeted. At the Contra Costa center in Walnut Creek, CA, staff members were posted at each...

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Religion and the Internet

August 11, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 11, 1999, The Boston Globe reported that Lycos Inc., a major Internet search engine, will discontinue an advertisement placed by Jews for Jesus after many complaints from members of the Jewish community. Jews for Jesus paid $1700 to Lycos for a banner to appear at the top of computer screens for the first 40,000 people who typed in the word "Jewish" as a search term. The advertisements began to run on July 6th, but complaints were not received by Lycos until July 29th. On July 30th, Lycos pulled the advertisement, saying...

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Oakland A's Raise Money for Rebuilding Synagogues

July 31, 1999

Source: Sacramento Bee

On July 31, 1999, the Sacramento Bee reported that when the Oakland A's play the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, August 5th, Sacramento area rabbis whose synagogues were damaged by arson will throw the first pitch. Tickets for the game will be discounted, with plaza level seats for $8 and field level seats for $10, and $3 per specially ordered ticket will go toward rebuilding the synagogues. Marty London, cantor of Kenesset Israel Torah, is expected to sing the national anthem.

Synagogue Plans in Cleveland Receive Initial Approval by Zoning Board

July 29, 1999

Source: The Plain Dealer

On July 29, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that plans to build a new synagogue for Chabad House of Cleveland have been approved by the Cleveland's Board of Zoning Appeals. Following several years of protest of the planned 12-acre Orthodox Jewish campus in Cleveland, Chabad House received initial approval for its restructured plans that limit the size of its synagogue. Young Israel of Beachwood had also planned to build a synagogue on the site, along with a proposed all-girls high school by the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland. So far,...

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New Hebrew-English Tanakh

July 27, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 27, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Jewish Publication Society has just published a Hebrew-English Tanakh. Rabbi David Sulomm Stein, the managing edito, stated: "There's an increasing number of people who want to figure out where the Bible came from and how it makes sense...This translation is one place to start."

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