Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Guardian (London)

On August 8, 2000, The Guardian (London) reported that "For the Jewish community, Al Gore's choice of Joseph Lieberman is 'the equivalent of getting a man on the moon' according to Rabbi Marvin Hier, the director and founder of the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles." He further predicted that "Lieberman's moral position on President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky would outweigh any lingering anti-semitism which he felt remained only in 'a small lunatic fringe...' He added: 'For years,...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 8, 2000 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Gore's choice of Lieberman, roundly hailed as bold, instantly spawned debate about whether the nation is ready for a Jewish vice president, reprising an issue that took center stage 40 years ago when Democrat John F. Kennedy vied to become the first Roman Catholic president. 'I think it's an act of courage on the part of the presidential candidate,' said former Ohio Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, a Democrat who is Jewish. 'It's an indication of another step forward, just as it was...

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Camp Teaches Life Lessons

August 1, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On August 1, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times published an article entitled "Camp's Mission: Kind Acts." It explains how "Youths head out on weekly good-deed trips through the Golda Meir/Kent Jewish Center camp." Read it here.

Opening of Exhibit on Growing up Jewish

July 31, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On July 31, 2000, The Washington Post reported that the exhibit "Members of the Club: Jewish Teen Clubs in Washington" recently opened at B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington. The exhibit includes memorabilia, dance booklets, beanies, paddles and pins, and photographs from those who were teenagers from the 1920s through the 1960s. As one exhibit panel reads, "Excluded from the sororities, fraternities and clubs of their non-Jewish classmates, Jewish teenagers of those years created their own social...

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County Allows Muslims to Pay Fees, Not Taxes

July 22, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On July 22, 2000, the Star Tribune published an article about a plan that has been approved in Hennepin County which would allow Muslims and others prohibited by religious law to find a way around paying taxes on their property. "What we've done would make an agreement with the purchaser of the property to charge a fee in addition to the purchase price rather than charging interest plus the purchase price," said Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Robert Burck. While intended for "Muslims and Orthodox Jews who feel that it's against...

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Jews Support Secular State, Study Finds

July 22, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On July 22, 2000, The Plain Dealer published an article about a recent survey of American Jews. The study found that despite "what appears to be a growing inclination among many religious groups, politicians and judges to chip away at the wall that separates church and state, American Jews remain staunchly opposed to any mixing of religion and public life." "'Jews are more secure when society is more overtly secular,' said Alan Mittleman, director of the "Jews and the Public Square" project, one of seven surveys funded by the...

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Torah Scroll History Discovered

July 8, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 8, 2000, The Houston Chronicle published an article about the recently discovered history of a Torah scroll owned by a Houston synagogue. Had history occurred the way the Nazis planned, the scroll would be on display in a Nazi-controlled museum. They had considered opening an "Exotic Museum of an Extinct Race" after their genocide of European Jews was complete. Instead, the Torah scroll is treasured by the Congregation Beth Am, a conservative Jewish synagogue of 140 families led by Rabbi Jonathan Israel Kohn....

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Green and the Jewish Federation Work for Literacy

June 1, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 1, 2000, Los Angeles Times, reported that Dodger outfielder Shawn Green serves as the official spokesperson for Koreh L.A., a literacy program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Koreh L.A. pairs young readers with community volunteers. Green stated, "I wanted to work with kids and there is no better cause."

Rabbi Finds Meaning in Everyday Life

May 28, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 28, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times published the article "Rabbi Finds Meaning in Everyday Life" as part of their Power From the Pulpit series. The article highlighted the ministry of Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Jerusalem's first female rabbi. Kedar has recently accepted the job as regional leader of the 62 congregations spread over Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Sixth Graders Learn About, Partake in Seder

May 28, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On May 28, 2000, the Times-Picayune reported that sixth graders at Mandeville's St. Peter's school learned about and participated in a Jewish Seder as part of their religion classes. The activity showed the students "how some Christian traditions are derived from the Jewish Passover."

Orthodox Jewish Teenagers and Drugs

May 25, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On May 25, 2000, The Denver Post published an article entitled, "Orthodox teenagers at risk? Jewish leaders respond to reports of drug use".

Jewish Council Honors Muslim Leader in St. Louis, Missouri

May 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 10, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that imam Waheed Rana was awarded the Norman A. Stack award by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis for his work building bridges between the Muslim and Jewish communities. Rana is a founder of the Islamic Center in St. Louis and serves as the imam at the Daar-ul-Islam Masjid in St. Louis. Rana, accepting the award, stated: "We need each other...We are all the children of Abraham."