Diaspora

Diaspora Jewry is the collective name for the Jewish communities outside of the Land of Israel. Historically, these communities go back to big historical events like the Babylonian exile, the siege of Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain. Today, the biggest Diaspora communities exist in the United States, France, Canada, the UK and Russia.

Buenos Aires Holocaust museum debuts first survivor holograms in Spanish

The museum was inaugurated in 2000 and had been closed since 2017. It reopened on Monday.

By JTA STAFF
21/02/2020
‘Banners of Hate’ placed by US white supremacist groups
White supremacists work together, united by hatred of Jews, immigrants

The connectivity between those massacres and their ideology is just one example of how white supremacists are forming alliances, working together and inspiring each other across borders.

By BEN SALES/JTA
21/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers an address to the World Zionist Congress
American Jews have their say at World Zionist Congress elections

As the largest Diaspora Jewish community in the world, American Jews will elect more than a third of the congress’ total of 525 elected delegates.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
21/02/2020
YOUNG SURVIVORS of Auschwitz – how do you explain the inhumanity of the Nazis and their collaborator
'Pig-burning facility' to be built near Holocaust memorial in east Ukraine

According to Ynet, the initiator of the proposed facility is Jewish.

By LEON SVERDLOV
20/02/2020
berkley
UC Berkeley Chancellor: Honoring terrorists who killed Jews 'an affront'

The Chancellor condemned a pro-Palestinian group who lauded terrorists in a display on campus, but also slammed a Jewish student who wanted to 'eliminate' all Palestinians.

A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
UK school textbook asks how creation of Israel was cause of 9/11 attacks

Publisher acknowledges problem, withdraws book from sale

German shooter said he wanted to kill people from Israel, Asia and Africa

Germany’s main Jewish organization expressed shock over the Wednesday night attack, which the country’s attorney general is investigating.

By TOAXELROD/JTA
20/02/2020
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015
Belgian carnival to double down on antisemitic displays

If the parade goes as planned, “it will be a moral blot on Belgium,” Ambassador to Belgium Emmanuel Nahshon said.

Frankfurt mayor: 'Antisemitism and hatred of Jews on the rise in Germany'

“Antisemitism exists from the far left to the far right, influenced by anti-Zionism which becomes antisemitism," Becker said

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/02/2020
Former Polish priest indicted for hate speech and Holocaust denial

Miedlar, who pleaded not guilty, could face up to three years in prison if convicted on the charges.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
20/02/2020
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Omaha Jewish school teacher arrested for soliciting teenage girl online

Robert Goetschkes, 53, who taught at Friedel Jewish Academy, a private school on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in Omaha, was arrested Monday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/02/2020
German Neo-nazi
Large blue swastika painted on Jewish-owned business in New Jersey

Lakewood, in the southern part of the state, has a large haredi Orthodox population.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/02/2020
A view of the Melbourne Docklands and the city skyline from Waterfront City, looking across Victoria
Australian court awards $800,000 to former student abused at Jewish school

Manny Waks was abused by a worker at the Yeshivah Center’s Yeshivah College for boys in Melbourne for about two years until 1990.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/02/2020
Albert Sherman, Boston Jewish leader and mentor, dies at 81

Known widely as “Albie,” Sherman transformed humble beginnings as the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants through public education.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
20/02/2020
Pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice cream sold inside the factory store (July 10, 2018)
The Jewish history of America’s most famous ice cream

A series of savvy Jewish entrepreneurs are responsible for the development of gourmet ice cream flavors and their subsequent rise in popularity among the general public.

By JOANNA O'LEARY/JTA
20/02/2020
A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR holds the hand of his granddaughter during the annual ‘March of the Living’ at
Holocaust memoir from 1945 tells us a story which was lost until recently

Francoise Frenkel was born Frymeta Idesa Frenkel near Lodz, Poland, There are no known photos of Francoise, and the original publication of her book had a very small print run.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
20/02/2020
After endorsing same-sex marriages, an Orthodox rabbi performs his first

Mlotek declared his intention to begin performing same-sex weddings last year

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
20/02/2020
Michael Bloomberg comes under fire in heated Democratic debate

Buttigieg blames him for ‘buying up the elections,’ says party has to ‘wake up’

A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009
German court says neo-Nazi's use of “naughty Jew” is incitement to hate

The court’s decision said the 32-year-old Sascha Krolzig who serves as the federal chairman of the neo-Nazi party “The Right,” violated Germany’s anti-incitement law.

New ad against antisemitism focuses on New York's Jewish diversity

The commission has run similar campaigns to combat racism, Islamophobia and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
20/02/2020
Chelsea Football, Jerusalem Post partner to tackle antisemitism

“Football has an unrivaled ability to do good in society, and we must harness this power to tackle all forms of discrimination in the stands and our communities."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
UIUC
University of Illinois student government president vetoes BDS resolution

The 20-9 vote in favor of the resolution early Thursday morning followed a five-hour meeting of the student government on the Urbana-Champaign campus. There were seven abstentions.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/02/2020
the Charles River in front of the skyline of Boston
Star of David graffiti spray-painted on 2 Boston apartment buildings

“Irrespective of motive, there is still an impact when religious symbols are painted on someone’s home,” he said.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
19/02/2020
TWO INSTRUCTORS from the University of Michigan denied recommendation letters for a study abroad
Michigan State student sprays swastika on his own fraternity house

Pi Kappa Alpha’s president has expressed interest in introducing education about antisemitism into the fraternity, MSU Hillel director Cindy Hughey told the newspaper.

By MARCY OSTER
19/02/2020
Pomegranates seen piled up at Machane Yehuda market, just in time for Rosh Hashana.
Virginia Beach to suspend school calendar that starts on Rosh Hashanah

The board voted to approve the calendar late last month, though one board member pointed out that the first day of school would fall on the Jewish New Year, drawing complaints from Jewish parents.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/02/2020
Trump pardons Michael Milken, junk bond king of the ’80s

Milken pleaded guilty in 1990 to racketeering and securities fraud charges stemming from his work heading the bond department at the now-defunct investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
19/02/2020
German authorities tackle far-right extremism; Jews: ‘What took so long?’

Both the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle last October and the assassination in June of a pro-refugee politician, Walter Lubcke, were carried out by assailants affiliated with the far right.

By REBECCA SPIESS/JTA
19/02/2020
Basketball
Former NBA guru helps Jewish high school win 1st championship in 20 years

How Falk got here — transitioning from the NBA to a high school with about 400 students — is a uniquely Jewish story.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
19/02/2020
German university under fire for award from Iran’s 'antisemitic' regime

Academics slam Trier University for ignoring massive human rights violations in Iran

NYU
NYU students urge university to fire Palestinian professor

Amin Husain, is one of the co-founders of Decolonize This Place, the group that vandalized New York City's subways last month.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
RABBI PINCHAS GOLDSCHMIDT: Jews become the collateral damage
Rabbi Goldschmidt: Social media must do more to combat hate speech online

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt warned that recent antisemitic attacks were "digitally inspired"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
A group of American youths led by Jonny Lipczer at Auschwitz
Does the Holocaust still shape our Jewish identity?

Does the Holocaust shape the identity of those who do not have personal relationships with those who fled Nazi-Europe?

Record number of antisemitic incidents observed in Netherlands

A boy told his Jewish classmate that ”all the Jews must die.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/02/2020
Iceland
Iceland welcomes its first permanent Torah scroll

The final letters of the Torah were written at a reception last Thursday at the home of the US ambassador to Iceland, Jeffrey Ross Gunter, who is Jewish.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/02/2020
Nick Fuentes answers question during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Boston, May 9, 2016.
YouTube bans white nationalist Nick Fuentes’ channel for hate speech

Fuentes revealed the news about his channel to his 86,600 Twitter followers on Saturday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/02/2020
lego israel
Educational volunteer banned for saying 'God damn Jews' to children

The children were taking part in a robotics competition to learn STEM subjects when the comment was made.

Germany rejects law to naturalize Jews who fled Nazis

Germany's main parties rejected a proposed new law making it easier for the descendants of those who fled Nazi Germany to return, saying that two decrees issued last summer were sufficient.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
A Jewish man walks near the Monsey antisemitic attack, New York, December 2019.
A gesture to honor Monsey hero ended up in controversy; here is why

Analysis: Joseph Gluck's decision to turn down the $20,000 prize should not come as a surprise

Humboldt Berlin
Berlin’s commissioner to fight antisemitism slams university for BDS event

“If anti-Israeli boycott and delegitimization campaigns are directly supported, the line regarding Israel-related antisemitism was crossed."

Thousands of female Chabad leaders gather for annual leadership convention

“As women, we have every ability to be part of the mission and dream of the Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson]," said Dini Freundlich, keynote speaker.

By HANNAH HEPNER
17/02/2020
Princess Diana’s niece converting to Judaism for marriage to tycoon

It will be the second marriage for Lewis, a South Africa native whose fortune is estimated at about $100 million.

By MARCY OSTER
17/02/2020
Monsey hero turns down $20,000 reward from 'Zionist' organizations

After consulting with his rabbi, he decided to reject the money from the “Zionist organizations" – because they don’t represent the beliefs and values of his haredi Orthodox community.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/02/2020
Gun [illustrative].
Jewish umbrella body adopts gun stance at odds with Trump administration

Two resolutions comported with Trump administration policy, on rehabilitation for prisoners and adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

By RON KAMPEAS
17/02/2020
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his German counterpart Heiko Maas a
Female Imam: 'Does German FM have an antisemitism problem?'

The Foreign Ministry on Heiko Maas’s watch has faced allegations of stoking Jew-hatred.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Tennessee assembly advancing bills against antisemitism

The state legislature aims to greater define what constitutes antisemitism so as to help determine whether an investigation by state authorities needs to be conducted.

The historic, newly-renovated synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt.
Restored Alexandria synagogue hosts largest Jewish prayer in decades

With Egypt’s new program to preserve its Jewish heritage, the synagogue was renovated in a multi-year, multi-million euro effort beginning in 2017

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
17/02/2020
Pope Francis and Dr. Moshe Kantor discuss future World Holocaust Forums

Future World Holocaust Forums will focus on the ethical and moral issues of the day, like rising extremism and manifestations of hatred, refugees, education and global inequality.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Lynn Cohen in a scene from ‘The Pickle Recipe
'Sex and the City' actress Lynn Cohen dies, aged 86

Cohen's career spanned over 40 years and included a performance as former prime minister Golda Meir in Stephen Spielberg's 2005 critically acclaimed film 'Munich.'

16/02/2020
Demonstrators protest an increased New York Police Department presence in the subway system at Grand
Palestinian NYU prof. founded group that attacked NYC subways last month

The group Decolonize This Place calls for Free Palestine and for the boycott of Israel

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Female rabbi being ordained
Conservative movement apologizes for innovative rabbis list without women

The article, which is no longer available online, quickly drew criticism on social media for its lack of gender diversity.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
15/02/2020
Polish Jewish history museum chooses new director, ending controversy

Dariusz Stola, who directed the museum from 2014 to 2019, agreed to step down from the position in order to break the stalemate.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
15/02/2020
Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York
Conservative rabbinical students oppose 'Deal of the Century,' annexation

“Trump’s plan would leave Palestinians with a handful of discontiguous territories surrounded by settlements."

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2020
B’nai B’rith condemns ‘ongoing attacks’ against Jews in Ukraine

B’nai Brith said it wrote a letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in January, protesting the incidents.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Olympics
Jewish ping pong pro may skip Olympics because trials are on Shabbat

While many Orthodox Jews will informally play sports on Shabbat, they generally do not take part in organized competition.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2020
Jews in Parkland say they still don’t feel secure two years after shooting

“Now you cannot walk into our building without an armed security guard there,” said Rabbi Michael Gold of Temple Beth Torah Shaaray Tzedek.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
15/02/2020
New documentary features, Bill Clinton examines antisemitism

Director Andrew Goldberg told Newsweek that he believes antisemitism is on the rise because of a polarized political environment that’s amplified by social media.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2020
Jewish Valentine tips: How to speak kindness with your spouse

According to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, many women feel their husbands are shutting them out of their lives.

Neo-Nazis as the new-vegans, Swedish reality show fights hate

The fact that three out of the 13 participants of the popular reality TV show’s contestants this year have been involved in controversies around anti-Semitism speaks volumes.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
15/02/2020
French PM gives Ilan Halimi award to initiatives fighting antisemitism

The prize was created in the memory of Ilan Halimi, who was killed on February 13, 2006. It rewards initiatives launched by youths under 25.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
A mezuzah
Student steals mezuzah, Jewish classmate takes him to Holocaust memorial

University student Maddy Gun says she believes in the power of education to fight antisemitism.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
A bust of dictator Adolf Hitler, among other Nazi artifacts seized in Argentina.
Nazi items removed from Montreal auction site after Jewish org. criticism

A Jewish organization based in Toronto sounded the alarm on an auction website promiting the sale the Nazi relics for profit.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
Oxford Dictionary defines 'yiddo' and 'yid' as fans of Tottenham Hotspurs

The Tottenham Hotspurs, known as the Spurs, has many Jewish supporters who sometimes call themselves the “yid army.” However, the term is used derogatorily by opposing fans.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/02/2020
San Diego Padres pull 'swastika cap' due to fan backlash

The caps will be worn at least once since the team has been selling and promoting the hat with the logo to fans as on-field equipment.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/02/2020
Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 18, 2018
Delegation from umbrella US Jewish group visited Saudi Arabia

It’s believed to be the first official visit to the kingdom by an American Jewish organization since 1993.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/02/2020
The challenge of finding kosher food in Cuba

“It’s very difficult in Cuba to be shomer Shabbat, or to keep kosher.”

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
14/02/2020
THE LIBERTY Bell is seen in Philadelphia in 2015. The novel takes the reader from the revolt at Sobi
'The Holocaust Lover' - a novel unpacking antisemitism, love and betrayal

This historical novel by the late Jerusalem Post editor and writer Matt Nesvisky takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride from the revolt at Sobibor to present-day Philadelphia.

By ILAN CHAIM
13/02/2020
A couple kisses at the statue that spells out the Hebrew word for love, ‘Ahava,’
Dating website JWed launches contest to win a trip to Israel

Right on time for Valentine's Day

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Widespread concern over Israel-Diaspora relations, poll finds

72% of American Jews either identified more strongly with Israel than before or identified as strongly as before.

Operation Benjamin ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery on February 12, 2020.
Jewish soldiers buried under a cross, mistake fixed 75 years later

In a moving ceremony in Manila, five headstones of American Jewish soldiers who died during WWII were replaced thanks to Operation Benjamin.

Utra-Orthodox Jews inspect an etrog, citrus fruit used in rituals during the upcoming Jewish holiday
Former Hasidic couple sues Quebec for 'failed education'

“The plaintiffs finished their high school education without knowing about the St. Lawrence River or the theory of evolution,” the summary of their claim reads.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/02/2020
Yeshiva U. student council heads abstain from voting on LGBTQ club

The fate of the YU Alliance as an official campus organization will be left to the administration.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/02/2020
Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw building
Polish Jewish museum director to step down to break stalemate

Dariuz Stola is in a stalemate with the Culture Ministry because he had "a very aggressive political policy at the museum."

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
13/02/2020
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Behind Bloomberg: Wall Street in the 1960s. Behind
Is 2020 really the year for America’s first Jewish president?

As Sanders and Bloomberg surge, here are their paths to victory.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/02/2020
JERSEY CITY police work at the scene the day after an hours-long gun battle with two men around a ko
Orthodox community gives nearly $50,000 to family of slain Jersey cop

A crowdfunding campaign spearheaded by an Orthodox community in Brooklyn raised some $48,000 for the family of the police officer killed in the Jersey City attacks.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/02/2020
German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute
Jewish woman: Adolf Hitler was her next-door neighbor

Alice Frank Stock recalled seeing the German dictator on several occasions.

By LEON SVERDLOV
13/02/2020
Professor Wayne Szalinski, played by Rick Moranis, poster at Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
Rick Moranis returns to acting for 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' sequel

In the new film, which has the aptly condensed title Shrunk, Josh Gad will play Szalinski's son who, yes, accidentally shrinks his family.

By REUTERS
13/02/2020
U. of Illinois: Pro-Israel organizations condemn vote on BDS resolution

The resolution calls on the university to "divest from companies that profit from human-rights violations in Palestine"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/02/2020
Actor Jussie Smollett makes a court appearance
Jussie Smollett charged again related to alleged staging of hate crime

But police arrested Smollett a month later, accusing the actor of paying two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack in an effort to use the notoriety to advance his career.

By REUTERS
12/02/2020
Police vehicles line Las Vegas Boulevard following the mass shooting, October 4, 2017.
Las Vegas man pleads guilty to charge in alleged synagogue bombing plot

Conor Climo, 23, appeared Monday in a Las Vegas court to possessing the components of a destructive device. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/02/2020
Documentary filmmaker files federal lawsuit against Georgia’s anti-BDS law

Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and Kyle Marrero, president of Georgia Southern University, are named as the defendants in the lawsuit.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/02/2020
Germany state launches investigation into police response to Halle attack

About 50 worshippers were in the synagogue when the attack started shortly after noon on Oct. 9. The assailant filmed the attack with his own camera.

By TOAXELROD/JTA
12/02/2020
Trump immigration
US gov't settles lawsuit brought by Jewish groups against refugee ban

The ban included a minimum 90-day suspension of admission of refugees from 11 countries, nine of which are predominantly Muslim.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/02/2020
Former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg spe
Mike Bloomberg: How I'll fight antisemitism from both left and right

The best way to combat the rise in antisemitism we’ve seen under President Trump is with a president who brings people together instead of tearing them apart.

By JTA , MIKE BLOOMBERG
12/02/2020
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) participates in a House Financial Services Committee hearing with Facebook
Jewish Dem thrown out of event for challenging Rashida Tlaib on antisemitism

Former Democratic New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind was removed from an event at Rutgers U as he asked Rashida Tlaib: "What about your antisemitism?"

Heart
A Muslim and a Jew dating have written a jazz song about their situation

The philosophy of openness preached by the song dovetails perfectly with Miller’s musical ethos as well: making jazz fun and accessible again to all.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/02/2020
Alfred Dreyfus
Story of the Dreyfus boys, how one was convicted and the other exonerated

A shared last name, both facing serious accusations, from different backgrounds on different continents. A look into how a difference in background affects the outcome of their life stories.

By KALMAN J. KAPLAN , MATTHEW B. SCHWARTZ , PAUL CANTZ , DANIEL L. KAPLAN
11/02/2020
Menachem Begin in December 1942 wearing the Polish Army uniform of Gen. Anders’ forces with his wife
Poland’s forgotten civil strife and the struggle for Jewish statehood

Yad Vashem apologized for showing a video to world leaders at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum that neglected to mention the Soviet Union’s occupation of Polish territory in 1939

By ISABELLA GINOR , GIDEON REMEZ
14/02/2020
Humboldt Berlin
German university hosts pro-BDS event with alleged antisemite

Humboldt University expelled Jewish students and academics in 1930's

‘NYU administrators know about campus antisemitism, don’t do enough’

In an exclusive interview, a former student who is suing school for antisemitism, shares her difficult experience

13/02/2020
Orthodox Jews sing and dance during the 13th Siyum HaShas at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,
Our Jewish solidarity is eroding

Jewish Diaspora communities find it hard to identify with Israel and Israel's Jewery.

Yiddish translation of 'Harry Potter' sells out in only 48 hours

Such success of a Yiddish publication is unprecedented, as few if any Yiddish books published outside the hassidic sector sell 1,000 in the span of a year.

11/02/2020
71% of Israelis believe contributions by US Jews are critical to survival

"The State of Israel should be the backbone and address for every Jew in the world – they are our family members," said Israeli educator Miriam Peretz, who lost two sons during their army service.

A Spanish flag flutters in the air as the capital of Spain is seen from the observatory deck of Madr
Five centuries after expulsion, Madrid to open its first Jewish museum

The museum aims at covering ‘3,000 years of Jewish history and Jewish contributions to Spain and the world’

WZO sighting in Mumbai celebrating Tu Bishvat with Jewish community Malida

Every year, the coterie holds a special celebration for Tu Bishvat where hundreds of community members show up in attendance to celebrate the holiday, plant trees and congregate together.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/02/2020
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