One event in particular stood out for members of the community: Last March, 24-year-old Mohammed Merah gunned down three Jewish children, a rabbi and two soldiers in a brazen attack that shocked France and the entire world.
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On rue des Rosiers in Paris’s Le Marais district, the beating heart of the Jewish community, for some Jewish people 2013 is strewn with other, more pressing challenges.
Joel Rochard is a French member of the Jewish parliament based in Brussels. He hopes that dialogue will improve between France's Muslim and Jewish communities, despite the shock of Merah's attacks.
Many people are hopeful that some sort of calm can be restored in 2013. They are keen to move past Mohamed Merah's attacks and focus on fostering a stronger relationship with other religious communities, no matter how hard that is.