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Jews Horrified By Gibson's Jesus Film

08/15/2003
Staff Writer
Two thumbs down. That was the consensus of a group of horrified Jewish interfaith and community leaders after watching a rough cut of Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion." It was the first mainstream Jewish group to screen the Hollywood star's gory recounting of the trial and death of Jesus.

Gibson's 'Passion' Termed Anti-Semitic

06/13/2003
Staff Writer
Hollywood superstar Mel Gibson's upcoming movie about the death of Jesus is anti-Semitic and could lead to increased hatred of Jews around the world, a team of prominent Catholic and Jewish scholars is warning. In response, the Oscar-winning Gibson has threatened to sue the scholars.

Harvard Chair Mess Is Anything But Divine

05/30/2003
Staff Writer
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.

Pipes Opposed For Peace Panel

04/08/2003
Staff Writer
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.

Stress On The Strasse

03/07/2003
Staff Writer
Berlin: It was a scene dripping with historical irony. On a street in this transformed former capital of Nazi Germany, a German man this week approached Philadelphia Rabbi Jacob Herber, here as part of a delegation of American spiritual leaders, and advised him to remove his kipa, fearing for his safety. "He said, 'Sir, do you have to wear that,' " Rabbi Herber related. "It's very dangerous here because of Muslims." "I was surprised," the rabbi said. "The fact that a German is protecting a Jew from a Muslim was unexpected."

In White Mountains, Miles To Go Before We Meet

04/17/2009
Staff Writer
North Conway, N.H. — Karen Eisenberg brought the homemade chopped liver. Joan Kurz brought a bagful of bottled gefilte fish. Suzie Laskin, the charoset. And other women came to Maestro’s Italian restaurant last week, carrying yom tov staples, as the sun set over the White Mountains. It was time for the second-night seder of Chavurah HeHarim, the Jewish community of rural east-central New Hampshire and western Maine, and the restaurant staff had prepared a meal of roast chicken, tsimmes and chametz-free chocolate cake.

Bucking The Palestinian Conference

10/31/2003
Staff Writer
Several Ohio Jewish organizations joined together this week to launch a pro-Israel campaign at Ohio State University a week before the start of a three-day national pro-Palestinian student conference. A coalition including Chabad, OSU's Hillel, the Columbus Jewish Federation, AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish National Fund was planning the Israel Activism on Campus campaign Tuesday featuring noted attorney Alan Dershowitz, author of the new book "The Case for Israel."

Missionizing Jews Roils Presbyterians

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
A national grassroots campaign by Presbyterians to stop the Presbyterian Church USA from funding missionizing efforts against Jews is gaining steam following a Jewish Week report revealing the secret initiative embedded in the struggling mainline Protestant denomination. The issue threatens to split the Presbyterian Church between conservative and liberal factions, which already are locked in a fierce struggle over gay ordination, leading church officials told The Jewish Week.

Graham Apology Not Enough

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
The revelation of anti-Semitic sniping by the Rev. Billy Graham during a private taped conversation with President Richard Nixon in 1972 has stung Jewish and non-Jewish interfaith leaders, who say they feel betrayed by one of America’s most respected religious leaders. And despite the ailing 83-year-old Rev. Graham’s speedy apology, critics said the tape is still disturbing because it apparently sheds light on his true feelings about Jews, even as he was acting like their friend and supporting the Soviet Jewry movement and Israel.

Pearl Killing: ‘Wake-Up Call’

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
In the wake of the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who reportedly died with the words “I am a Jew” on his lips, several experts on Islamic terrorism and Jewish leaders are warning that Islamic militants have declared a war against Jews. In issuing what they say is a “wake-up call” to Jews, the experts cautioned that ignoring the warning will mean more innocent people like Pearl, who suspects say was targeted because he was Jewish, will be murdered.
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