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Jewish Prisoners in Michigan Will Get Certified Kosher Meals Under Proposed Settlement

Jewish prisoners in Michigan could start receiving certified kosher meals due to a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

There are about 200 Jewish prisoners in Michigan jails who have requested kosher meals but have since 2013 been provided with a vegan meal that is supposed to be appropriate for prisoners of all non-Christian religions, the Detroit Free Press reported. But the vegan diet lacks meat and dairy and is not prepared in a kosher kitchen, the lawsuit contends.

Source: Jewish Prisoners in Michigan Will Get Certified Kosher Meals Under Proposed Settlement | Jewish Journal

Breaking Down the Sukkah Business 

Once Sukkot begins, observant Jews will spend the eight-day festival in outdoor huts that remind us of the fragility of our existence. If that sounds heavy, Avi Lazar, founder of Luxury Sukkahs, is here to remind everyone that Sukkot is all about joy. 

“It’s a beautiful holiday, the happiest of all the Jewish holidays,” the 38-year-old told the Journal. “It’s called zman simchateinu — the time of our happiness.”

Source: Breaking Down the Sukkah Business | Jewish Journal

On the eve of Rosh Hashana, fewer are paying for High Holy Day seats

Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis is expecting some 3,000 people for Rosh Hashana services next week, and the 137-year-old congregation, which prides itself on inclusion, wants to be welcoming.

The building is fully accessible to people with disabilities. It has a wheelchair ramp leading up to the bimah, or sanctuary stage, and Bluetooth headsets for the hearing impaired.

This year, it’s also taking another step toward inclusion. For the first time anyone can remember, nonmembers will not be required to buy tickets for High Holy Day services.

Source: On the eve of Rosh Hashana, fewer are paying for High Holy Day seats – Religion News Service

For synagogues, High Holidays welcome is complicated by security needs

On a Friday night not long after 11 people were killed by a gunman at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, Edmund Case was standing in the entryway of Temple Shalom in Newton, Massachusetts, having volunteered to act as an usher for that night’s services.

A man Case didn’t know, and whose look struck Case as “off,” entered the building and asked, “Could I look around?”

Internally, Case felt a zing of alarm. “Why would someone come on a Friday night and want to look around?” he thought.

The man turned out to be new to town and looking for a synagogue to join. For Case, the experience revealed how, in an age of heightened awareness of threats at synagogues, remaining warm and welcoming can be complicated.

Source: For synagogues, High Holidays welcome is complicated by security needs – Religion News Service

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith.

Source: 9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous mantra – Religion News Service

(RNS) — It started with a call on Facebook to demonstrate against the country’s increasingly hostile immigration policies.

Earlier this summer, Serena Adlerstein, a 25-year-old Jewish volunteer for a nonprofit that promotes immigrant rights, asked her Facebook friends: “What if young Jews occupied ICE detention centers and shut them down?”

Source: A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous mantra – Religion News Service

Six Faiths: A rainbow of religions span spiritual spectrum

Tallahassee is much like other mid-size cities in the American South — it takes its religion seriously. Just under 50% of Tallahasseeans consider themselves religious and practice their faiths.

And in our city, there are many faiths to choose from. From established Christian traditions, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical practices to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Bah’i and Judaism, there is a worship service available.

Source: Six – Faith: Diversity of faiths span spiritual spectrum