Religion & Beliefs

Jewish News Roundup

• A mistrial was declared in the case of Naveed Haq who stormed into a Seattle JCC in July 2006, fatally shot one woman, and seriously injured several others. After eight days of deliberations the jury was still deadlocked. Prosecutors … Read More

By / June 6, 2008

• A mistrial was declared in the case of Naveed Haq who stormed into a Seattle JCC in July 2006, fatally shot one woman, and seriously injured several others. After eight days of deliberations the jury was still deadlocked. Prosecutors hope to retry later this year.

• The famous Jewish quarter in Paris is slowly being overtaken with fashion boutiques and chains like H&M. Kosher businesses are being pushed out, and Jewish Parisians aren’t pleased.

• The Jewish Agency gave twenty-one Israeli Arab students at University of Haifa grants of NIS 10,000. A scholarship had been created to give funding to students who had been adversely affected by the Lebanon war, and those who have been given the money are students of psychology, hoping to address the trauma and shock the war caused in the Arab community.

• A poll by the Immigrant Absorption Ministry in Israel has found that a majority of Israelis are concerned that non-Jewish immigration to Israel will lead to greater assimilation of Judaism, but generally support immigration and conversion as ways of keeping the Jewish state definitively Jewish.

• The World Union of Progressive Judaism may lose its credentials in the UN Human Rights Councilbecause its representative brought up a Hamas charter during a recent session that was meant to be about Israeli human rights violations in Gaza.

• The Times of London explains why it’s so important to get Jews on your side when you’re running for office in America.

• The Reform Movement in the UK is hoping to revitalize its congregations with its new “grass-roots siddur.” It took eight years to design and edit Seder Ha-t’fillot, which includes several different options of services.