New York Representatives of Three Monotheistic Religions Receive Royal Distinctions

New York – Morocco’s model of openness and tolerance was on display on Thursday evening at MoMA Museum of Art in New York with the presence of over 250 people, mainly members of the Moroccan Jewish community established in the Tristate area.On this occasion, the representatives of the there monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) receive Royal distinctions.Rabin Arthur Schneier, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Imam Mohamed Hamagid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, received the Alawite wissam of commander rank during a ceremony marking the completion of revamping of Jewish cemeteries in Morocco. Rabin Schneier, Archbishop Dolan, Archbishop Demetrios and Imam Hamagid received the royal wissams by endowments and Islamic affairs minister Ahmed Toufiq, Morocco’s ambassador in Washington Rachad Bouhlal and the King’s roving ambassador Serge Berdugo respectively.This ceremony, organized by the Moroccan Jewish Community Council in collaboration with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, was attended mainly by Morocco’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Omar Hilale, and Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Rachad Bouhlal.A book entitled “Revamping Jewish Cemeteries of Morocco – Houses of Life,” related to this operation, which involved 167 sites in the 14 Moroccan regions and spanned four years, was presented on this occasion. read more

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Farm Show Guard dogs growing in popularity owner says

Scrabble, the kuvasz puppy, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Tuesday. He’s a good ambassador for the breed, owner Amber Kunz said. (Kathleen Saylors/Woodstock Sentinel-Review) Kunz said the breed will chase off any predators, from bears to bobcats, or even human intruders trying to break into a home. It’s just instinct, not something the dogs have to learn.“They don’t want any harm to come to their family, whether that’s humans or livestock,” she said. “They bond very strongly.”And contrary to what you might think, the use of guard dogs on farms is more popular than ever, Kunz said. The farm show is a hugely busy time for selling dogs into new families because of what is a “low-tech” solution it is to a pesky problem.“People think its dying out but it is not, a lot of people are using livestock dogs,” Kunz said. ” It’s the best way. It is environmentally friendly. There’s no point  in shooting predators if dogs can just chase them off.”Kunz brought Scrabble, a kuvasz puppy, with her on the Tuesday to the three-day event, Canada’s largest agricultural trade show. The 21-month-old is calm and getting used to kids – “a good ambassador” for the wonderful dogs they can be. It’s may be a low-tech solution, but as man’s best friend greets us at the door every day, another type of dog is becoming more and more popular among farmers as a livestock guardian.Kuvasz dogs are a breed introduced to Canada from Hungary about 60 years ago. Amber Kunz and her dog Scrabble are at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock this week, educating people about the breed and the qualities that make them excellent livestock guardians.“They will protect any livestock. Chicken, goat, sheep, alpaca, whatever,” said Kunz, owner of Kuvaszok Kennels. “In Ontario, the coyotes are getting bad,” making the need for livestock protection more prevalent.Kunz is a Goderich-based breeder, and said she’s been coming to the farm show for about 10 years. It’s good business for her, connecting with farmers who need livestock protection. She’s also able to raise some awareness of the breed, which is still relatively uncommon in Canada and one that most don’t recognize, though they look like large, fluffy white huskies. read more

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Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 7 February 2014

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