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As Hasidic population grows, Jewish politics may shift right

Published: Nov 27th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an era when the Jewish population in America is stable or declining, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish numbers are growing rapidly — a trend that may make the Jewish community not only more religiously observant but also more politically conservative.

Support for Israel not universal among American Jews, study shows

Published: May 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the view that Zionists dominate U.S. policy toward Israel, American Jews vary markedly in their support for the Middle Eastern nation depending on age, religious practices and ethnic pride, a new University of Florida study finds.

Religious orientation influences elderly’s fear of death, study shows

Published: Apr 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As they approach death, the churchgoing elderly are likely to find little solace in religion if they had little personal commitment to God during the rest of their lives, a new University of Florida study finds.