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Passover, March Madness and More

04/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

 “March Madness” is much, much more than a basketball tournament.  As Jewish students on campuses across the country were exhilarated – or disappointed -- by one of the most exciting NCAA college basketball post-seasons in recent memory, they’ve also been involved in exciting developments at home and abroad, from Passover celebrations to fighting an anti-Israel divestment vote at the UC-Berkeley campus. 

Passover on Campus Celebrations

Strangers At A Strange Meal

04/16/2008
Special To The Jewish Week
The first time Melinda Young went to a Passover seder, the hosts put an individual seder plate at each place setting. Assuming this arrangement of symbolic foods comprised the entire meal, Young, a lapsed Catholic who lives in Austin, Texas, remembers looking at the plate thinking, “OK, there’s a piece of matzah, a boiled egg — and I don’t think there’s any meat on that bone.” When the matzah ball soup came she downed two portions, convinced it would be the last food she’d see for hours.

Vatican Rep Accuses Israel Of 'Blood Libel,' Harsh Exchange Seen As Major Interfaith Setback

07/23/1999
Staff Writer
A Vatican representative accused Israel of a "blood libel" against a World War II-era pope, and blamed the Jewish state for mounting tensions between Jews and the Catholic Church, shocking an audience at a conference on anti-Semitism in Tel Aviv, and prompting interfaith leaders to say severe damage has been done to the Jewish-Catholic dialogue. Rev.
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