Voices in Focus: ConAgra Moves to Dismiss Kosher Complaint

We have a trio of stories for you this weekend from New York City’s ethnic and community press, including a hearing on a motion to dismiss the consumer fraud case involving hot dog maker Hebrew National, a new Korean-language school in Queens and the man who wants unseat Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Hebrew National is owned by ConAgra Foods Inc. (via Jewish Daily Forward)

*ConAgra Food Inc., which owns Hebrew National, filed a motion on July 26 in U.S. District Court in St. Paul to dismiss a suit alleging that its hot dogs are not prepared according to the strictest Kosher standards, the Jewish Daily Forward reported. ConAgra has rejected the claims.

The ConAgra motion states that the case should be dismissed because, among other reasons, kosher is “exclusively a matter of Jewish religious doctrine.” It also states that under the First Amendment, “federal courts may not adjudicate disputes that turn on religious teachings, doctrine and practice.”

The complaint goes on to state:

Because Plaintiffs’ claims require the Court to apply Jewish doctrine and practice—and to resolve differing rabbinical interpretations of kashrut (the rules for kosher food)—the Complaint must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

*The Filipino School of New York and New Jersey is scheduled to open a second location next month, The FilAm reported. The school has offered classes in Filipino folk dance and conversational Tagalog.

FilAm parents may enroll their students for language and culture classes at the office of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development located at 53-22 Roosevelt Avenue, 2nd floor in Woodside.

The eight-week fall/winter semester is now accepting enrollment for children ages 4 through 12. Classes are every other Saturday from 11a.m. to 12 noon, from September 15 through December 15.

*Last week we introduced our readers to Abe George an Indian-American who wants to be the next district attorney of Brooklyn. George is a former Manhattan assistant district attorney who worked in narcotics for ten years before his promotion to the Homicide Investigations Unit. DesiTalk has some more background on him.

The son of immigrant parents from Kerala, George grew up on a predominantly Italian-American block in the Sheepshead Bay sec- tion of Brooklyn. Neighborhood kids used to call him “Gandhi” because of his Indian heritage, he said.

His parents grew up in extreme poverty in Kerala, George said. His grandparents, who never made it past middle school, valued education for their children: George’s father was the first doctor in his family and his mother was the first nurse in her family.

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