Judaism

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."

The Omaha Center for Torah Learning

July 24, 1999

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On July 24, 1999, the Omaha World-Herald reported that the Omaha Center for Torah Learning, a privately funded educational institution that is part of the Kollel Torah MiTzion group, will open on September 1st in Nebraska. Kollel Torah MiTzion is a Jerusalem-based initiative that helps Jews outside of Israel to create learning centers and recruit faculty. The first programs were established in 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio and Cape Town, South Africa. Now there are 22 programs in 8 countries, including 12 in the United States. Along...

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Los Angeles Muslims and Jews Try to Move Beyond Conflict

July 23, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 23, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the efforts of Los Angeles Muslims and Jews to renew efforts to create a code of ethics for civilizing Muslim-Jewish relations. In the wake of the national controversy over the appointment of Salam Al-Marayati to a national counter-terrorism commission, the two sides are trying to salvage public relations. Mather Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California, stated: "We have got to learn how to disagree-with respect and civility and a touch of...

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Lubavitch Rabbis Offering Classes in Seattle, Washington

July 21, 1999

Source: The Seattle Times

On July 21, 1999, The Seattle Times reported that two Brooklyn, NY-based rabbis from Project Talmud, the Lubavitch World program, will spend three weeks in Bellevue, Washington offering free classes for individuals and groups in the beliefs and practices of Judaism from August 1 through August 20 at the Eastside Torah Center. Project Talmud is being held in more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada.

Suspects in Synagogue Arsons and Murders Connected to "Christian Identity"

July 19, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 19, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the anti-Semitic faith of the two suspects under investigation for the three synagogue fires in Sacramento and the murder of a gay couple in Redding, California. The two suspects, brothers Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams, are said to belong to a sect called Christian Identity, which considers Jews and people of color subhuman, and views abortion and homosexuality as unpardonable sins. Christian Identity, which experts believe has as many as 50,000...

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New Book on Messianic Jews

July 17, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 17, 1999, The Boston Globe published an article that looks at a new book by Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro, a professor of religion at Temple University, entitled, Messianic Judaism: A Rabbi's Journey through Religious Change in America. Harris-Shapiro addresses the Jews for Jesus movement, which is controversial for many American Jews. "I think they were upset that someone was taking a serious look at the Jews for Jesus and not saying that they are a terrible, brainwashing cult. They are people whose claims we may...

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Columbus, Ohio Synagogues Reach Out to Educate Jews

July 16, 1999

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 16, 1999, The Columbus Dispatch published an article on the efforts of Columbus synagogues to educate Jews about Jewish faith and practice. Congregation Tifereth Israel runs an adult education program called Midreshet Israel, which has four components: a Jewish Life Workshop series, academic classes taught by Ohio State University professors, small study circles held in peoples' homes, and Havurot, which are get-togethers where people share Jewish experiences. The Congregation also runs Minyan Chadash, which has been...

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Appointment of Salam Al-Marayati to Counter-Terrorism Commission Withdrawn

July 9, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 9, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that House Democratic leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO.) withdrew the nomination of Salam Al-Marayati to a congressional commission on counter-terrorism. Gephardt claimed that Al-Marayati would not be able to gain security clearance in time for him to join the commission. Gephardt has been under fire from Jewish organizations ever since he made the appointment. Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, accused Al-Marayati of excusing terrorist attacks against...

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Appointment of Muslim to National Counter-Terrorism Commission Creates a Stir

July 5, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 5, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that the appointment of Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, by House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt to a national counter-terrorism commission has come under attack by major Jewish organizations. Muslim Americans hail the appointment as a "sign that Washington is finally giving them a voice in policymaking." Al-Marayati looks forward to the position: "I hope to broaden the discussion on terrorism by looking at its root...

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Lubavitch Center Opens in Washington, D.C.

July 3, 1999

Source: The Washington Post

On July 3, 1999, The Washington Post reported that the American Friends of Lubavitch has opened a $2 million center in Washington's embassy district. The 10,000-square-foot building houses an Orthodox synagogue, a large meeting room, and a library with more than 2,000 books on Chabad Lubavitch and Jewish mysticism that will be open to the public. The new center also draws attention to its director, Levi Shemtov, who is considered by many to be the "unofficial rabbi of Capitol Hill." Chabad Lubavitch has about 250,000 followers...

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