Ecumenical Martin Luther King Celebration

January 18, 1999

Source: Newsday

On January 18, 1999, Newsday reported on the 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Celebration, which was held this year at the Sons of Israel Synagogue in Woodmere, NY. Approximately 500 Jews, Christians, and Muslims attended the celebration with speakers representing all three religions.

Catholic-Jewish Relations

January 2, 1999

Source: The Buffalo News

On January 2, 1999, the Buffalo News published an article on the Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program, which is an effort to educate students in Catholic and Jewish schools about each other's faith. This program is in place in Philadelphia and similar programs exist in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. It involves a teacher-exchange situation, where a Rabbi visits to a Catholic school and a Priest visits to a Jewish school. The Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program is funded by the Righteous...

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Hanukkah - Menorah Lightings

December 14, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On December 14, 1998, the Washington Post reported that the National Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. was lit at nightfall on Sunday, December 13th. The National Menorah stands 30 feet in height, the maximum allowable under Jewish Law, and in front of the National Christmas Tree.

Hanukkah - Menorah Lightings

December 5, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On December 5, 1998, the New York Times reported that the American Friends of Lubavitch, a Hasidic Jewish sect headquartered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, has set up a website - www.chanukah98.com - to broadcast simultaneously the lighting of menorahs in Jerusalem, Moscow, New York, and Paris at 3:15pm (Eastern time) on Sunday, December 13th.

Jewish Exploration of Tibetan Buddhism

October 23, 1998

Source: Sun-Sentinel

On October 23, 1998, the Sun-Sentinel issued an article about a series of events to take place at the Temple Beth El of Hollywood, Florida from October 30th - November 5th exploring the relationship between Judaism and Tibetan Buddhism. The events will be based around a set of screenings for a new film entitled, "The Jew in the Lotus," which is based on a 1995 book by poet Rodger Kamenetz. The book tells of a 1990 journey of eight Jewish leaders to meet with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. On October 31st, Temple Beth El hosted...

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Conservative Judaism Issues New Manual Responsive to Women's Issues

October 21, 1998

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On October 21, 1998, The Chicago Sun-Times issued an article concerning the new "Rabbi's Manual", which is published for 750 Conservative synagogues in North America and 200 other synagogues worldwide. The new Manual, an updating of the 1965 edition, establishes a "grieving ritual" for couples after abortions and includes gender-neutral language. Rabbi Reuven Frankel of B'nai Tikvah Synagogue in Deerfield, Illinois, approves of the changes: "It's a very necessary updating....Necessity is sometimes determined by new perceived...

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Jewish Community in Maine Unites Amid Hostility

October 4, 1998

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 4, 1998,The Boston Globe published an article which reported on the response of an act of anti-Semitism in the small town of Presque Isle, Maine. At the Aroostook Hebrew Community Center, swastikas were found painted on either side of the entrance doorway with the words "Burn Jews" written under one of them. This was discovered just days before Rosh Hashana services were set to begin. The congregation, numbering about 20 people, swelled to over four times its size for Rosh Hashana services to support the local temple...

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Imam, Rabbi, and Cardinal in Dialogue

September 6, 1998

Source: National Catholic Register

On September 6, 1998, the National Catholic Register reported that the Catholic Focolare movement and the Baltimore archdiocese sponsored an event entitled "Dialogue as a Lifestyle" at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore on August 23rd, 1998. The dialogue featured representatives of three faiths: William Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, U.S. Episcopal moderator of Catholic-Jewish relations; Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding at Ramapo College; and Imam Abdulmalik Mohammed...

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National Conference of Christians and Jews Changes Its Name to Better Reflect Its Work and Inclusivity

June 14, 1998

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 14, 1998, The Boston Globe reported that The National Conference of Christians and Jews is celebrating its 70th anniversary by changing its name to the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). This new name more clearly reflects their work for entire communities, which includes interfaith work and also work on issues of gender, class, race, gay and lesbian issues, and disabilities. In Boston, the NCCJ works on leadership development with a variety of programs that connect people, and they have recently...

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