Harvard Divinity School graduate student Rachel Fish became disturbed last winter by what she heard at a conference she helped organize on global anti-Semitism.
The 23-year-old Tennessee native learned there might be a connection between a new $2.5 million endowed chair in Islamic studies at the divinity school and an Arab cultural center that promotes Holocaust deniers, and anti-Semitic and anti-American concepts.
The running battle between militant Islam critic Daniel Pipes and a prominent national Islam advocacy group heated up again this week when the Council on American Islamic Relations launched a campaign to stop Pipes' nomination to the United States Institute of Peace.
The home page of the University of Colorado Web site reveals a scene of striking beauty: an exquisitely designed red-brick, neo-Gothic building set against the rugged peaks of the Rockies.
But for Jewish students on the Boulder campus, the idyllic scene of the American West belies their experience on the front lines of a new kind of anti-Semitism playing out in recent years at American colleges and universities spurred by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Where's Joe? That's the question some American Jews are asking about Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman as the crisis in Israel sinks to its worst levels in decades. Some are concerned that the Connecticut senator (the first Jew in history to run on a major presidential ticket) has not been more out front in defending Israel in the face of increasing criticism from the United Nations and Arab countries over the violence. More than a hundred Palestinians and eight Jews have been killed since the conflict broke out this month.
Police are investigating the theft of two Torah scrolls, taken about a week apart, from two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Both Torahs were discovered missing as much as a month ago but were reported stolen only recently, police said.
A Torah stolen March 24 from the Riverdale Jewish Center on Independence Avenue wasn't reported until April 12, a police spokesman said.
As ailing 80-year-old New York Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor continues to battle the effects of cancer radiation treatment, he can still "see" the trees: and the forest.
O'Connor continued his unprecedented record of improving Christian-Jewish relations with his support of a project to plant a forest in Israel honoring Pope John Paul II. The project to plant 25,000 trees in Nazareth is being sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, along with the Jewish National Fund.
Local Jewish agencies bracing for ‘staggering’ state aid reductions, with programs for aged hardest hit.
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As state legislators and Gov. David Paterson worked to hammer out a mid-year cut in state spending this week, social service providers were eagerly waiting to see if they would use a scalpel or a chainsaw.
With the New York Police Department facing mounting criticism following the brutal attack on Abner Louima and the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo, a diverse group of city religious leaders came together last year to express their concern to city government officials.
Reform Jewish officials announced plans this week to raise $50 million over the next decade to build synagogues and community centers throughout Israel as part of an aggressive and ambitious new strategy to boost the movement worldwide.
The announcement by Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, executive director of Reform's Zionist and international arm called ARZA/World Union, comes as North America's largest Jewish denomination begins its biennial convention in Orlando, Fla.