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.

A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in Berlin,
Seemingly innocuous Google search yields antisemitic allusion to Holocaust

Google says it’s looking into the search results and wants to improve them. But according to researchers, the results may not be an accident.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/09/2020
Rapper Wiley antisemitism probe stopped due to him being abroad

The investigation into the rapper's comments has stopped due to him being in a different country at the time of posting.

By OMRI RON
26/09/2020
Renovations reveal time capsule in Manchester's oldest synagogue

The contents of the capsule revealed details about the vibrant Sephardi Jewish community in the city.

Argentina's flag in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires honors Jewish woman who helped take down sex-trafficking ring

A Jewish woman who escaped from and helped destroy a sex-trafficking ring, is getting public recognition in Buenos Aires, the city where she became known as a symbol of feminist resistance.

By JTA STAFF
25/09/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman, Jew to lie in state at US Capitol

"She changed the course of American law. And even when her views did not prevail, she still fought," Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt said.

By REUTERS
25/09/2020
The sounds of Babyn Yar: A new Holocaust museum in the works

Though the museum will not open until 2026, it has begun to offer educational programs and conduct historical research.

A monument at former Nazi transition-camp Westerbork in the Netherlands .
Dutch city names as its poet a rapper who called Holocaust a ‘joke’

“He deserves a second chance,” said the municipality of the city of Haarlem.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/09/2020
From left to right: Donald Sussman(Stevens Clarke); George Soros, Miriam Adelson, Sheldon Adelson, B
Who are the biggest Jewish donors of the 2020 campaigns?

Fifteen of the top 25 biggest political donors this cycle are Jewish or of Jewish origin.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/09/2020
NYC’s Jewish Museum to reopen Oct. 1 following 6-month closure

Visits to the museum located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan will be free through the end of December. The museum will allow special preview visits by members beginning on Thursday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/09/2020
Shulem Lemmer is a pop star in his community -- and still a cantor, too.
Shulem Lemmer to bring awareness to COVID-19 in Orthodox communities

The singer said he would interview the assistant secretary for health, Adm. Dr. Brett Giroir, with parts of their conversation on Thursday to be shared with Jewish media outlets.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
25/09/2020
US President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at a campaign rally in Minden, Nevada, September 1
MSNBC pundit: What is the difference between Hitler and Trump?

“And what is the difference between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump?” Deutsch said. “I’m not saying there’s a Holocaust, but when you look at the tactics, that is where we are right now.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
25/09/2020
Kibitz is the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the day

The second definition is closer to the one familiar to the Jewish community: “To chat, banter, or joke (with a person), esp. in a lighthearted or informal manner; to fool around.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/09/2020
‘IT TELLS the story of how, in the years 1841-2016, early Anglo/German Jewish settlers, impecunious
Palestinian gets Spanish citizenship after finding Jewish Sephardic roots

Iskandarani managed to find one of her great-grandmother’s old identity cards in Beirut lying in a trove of documents that her family had meticulously preserved for decades.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/09/2020
A CHILD plays in New York City during the pandemic
NYC school parent chat advises against COVID testing

“DO NOT test your child for covid,” the message began. “The city has released new guidelines that mandate CLOSURE of an ENTIRE SCHOOL if there are two positive tests in the school.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
25/09/2020
Chaim and Chavie Bruk, seen here with four of their five children, didn't know anyone who had adopte
Orthodox Jewish multiracial family in Montana to break taboos about adoption

The story of how they built their family isn’t as typical.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
25/09/2020
New York Police officers wear protective masks, New York, U.S., April 18, 2020
NYC vows to crack down if COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Orthodox neighborhoods

The enforcement measures could include closing businesses and schools, moves that would inflame already strained relations between the communities and the city.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
25/09/2020
Le supermarché Hypercasher où s'est déroulé le drame
French trial of 2015 terror attacks in Paris: Testimonies of survivors

Witnesses and relatives of the four Hyper Cacher victims — Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Michel Saada and Philippe Braham — spoke before the court.

Jewish members of House pen letter to McCarthy on partisan antisemitism

Extending an olive branch, the signatories offered to meet with McCarthy to discuss how these tactics undermine the current bipartisan effort against antisemitism.

USC Shoah Foundation launched new partnership with JewishGen.org

"We tend to forget that the Holocaust was not only the murder of Jewish people, but the attempt at total erasure of their names, their places of birth and death."

US SUPREME COURT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Geo
Comparing Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Book of Ruth

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Throughout her life, then, and in all respects, RBG followed in the original Ruth’s footsteps; in all respects, that is, except one.

Jewish pitchers Kremer and Fried have rare off days

Orioles' Israeli rookie still happy with first taste in majors • Atlanta ace twists ankle in final start before playoffs.

RJC head: ‘Jewish vote in Florida to be decisive for Trump victory’

Executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America insists Jewish voters trust Biden on all issues, will increase share of Jewish vote in upcoming election

President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder
Ronald S. Lauder: These are the major issues facing the Jewish people

Antisemitism has never really vanished, said Lauder, 75 years after the end of World War II, and “no one can be indifferent to antisemitism today.”

Ted Cruz: Antisemitism on far Left will be ‘in ascension’ if Biden wins

Texas senator lauds UAE, Bahrain normalization as ‘fruit’ of US embassy move to Jerusalem, withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.

Jordana Cutler, Facebook's head of Policy for Israel, The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Facebook's Israel policy head says platform takes antisemitism seriously

“My job is to be a representative in Israel for Facebook, and to speak at Facebook on behalf of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora,” she said.

By ZEV STUB
25/09/2020
Chelsea Football Club chairman Bruce Buck is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Chelsea Football Club chief: Campaign against antisemitism will continue

In January 2018, Chelsea started its campaign, which Buck says will continue indefinitely.

United States Supreme Court
Jewish service held for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt of Adas Israel, a Conservative congregation in Washington, opened the memorial at the court with a Jewish service.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/09/2020
A pedestrian walks in the rain on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Jews attacked in 3 incidents in Ontario over Rosh Hashanah

In Ottawa, a man spat at worshippers at an outdoor service and called them “dirty f***ing Jews” as he drove by on Saturday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/09/2020
A United Airlines Boeing 787 taxis as a United Airlines Boeing 767 lands at San Francisco Internatio
United passenger takes her Yom Kippur dilemma to the airline’s CEO

United’s executive offices called last week to tell her that the flight schedule would be changed.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/09/2020
Natalie Portman’s debut children’s book makes 3 tales ‘gender-safe’

The Israeli-American movie star rewrote three classic children’s stories — “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Country Mouse and City Mouse.”

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/09/2020
Boston’s 118-year-old Jewish Advocate ceases publication

The weekly announced Wednesday that it will suspend publication.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/09/2020
A year after Halle, Jews who were there are still looking for answers

However, in the months that followed, a fuller and more disturbing narrative about the attack surfaced.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
24/09/2020
British Jews show solidarity with Black, Asian communities in UK

Nearly 50 organizations and more than 130 members of the Jewish community signed the statement.

24/09/2020
Jews invited to send notes to be placed in Western Wall for Yom Kippur

This year, Jews are facing a challenging situation that may prevent them from properly exercising their religious traditions.

THE US Supreme Court
Three days of tribute at US Supreme Court and Capitol for Ginsburg

Ginsburg, who over the course of her long legal career championed gender equality and other liberal causes, in recent years became something of a pop icon for the American left.

By REUTERS
23/09/2020
Men wear protective face masks and gloves, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), play chess o
Mind Sports Olympiad, funded by LA-born Jewish philanthropist, goes online

The competition annually hosts thousands of the top game board competitors hailing from over one hundred countries, which makes it the largest game board tournament of the year.

Leila Khaled
Zoom cancels Leila Khaled webinar at San Francisco State University

Khaled was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which hijacked El Al Flight 219 on September 6, 1970.

Finnish neo-nazis start their Independence Day march with swastika flags in Helsinki, Finland Decemb
Finland upholds ban of neo-Nazi 'Pan Nordic' group

The NRM is active in five different Scandinavian nations, including functioning as a political party in Sweden.

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg went from the Notorious RBG to Ruth the Tzaddik

Even though Ginsburg was not a religious leader, she shared many similarities with Judaism’s famous rabbis.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
23/09/2020
Ilhan Omar: It’s important to understand how antisemitism is experienced

The Minnesota congresswoman has long been accused of expressing antisemitic beliefs.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
On Rosh Hashanah, Argentine city holds car show-inspired drive-in service

The event was organized in coordination with the local government to comply with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

By JTA STAFF
23/09/2020
Azerbaijan's Mountain Jews Museum could spark tourism revival, eventually

Local Jews are eager for the tourists to return, but with most flights into Baku on hold, including from Tel Aviv, that prospect remains far off.

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
23/09/2020
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, a progressive icon on the Supreme Court.
How are Jews adapting burial rituals to mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Kaddish is traditionally recited only by immediate family members, and only after a person is buried. But the outpouring of grief for Ginsburg has prompted many to reach for the tradition regardless.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
23/09/2020
Google, Apple, Spotify called to remove French rapper’s antisemitic songs

Corleone sings in his 10th album, The Phantom Threat, about wanting his children to “live like Jewish investors” and of being “determined like Adolf.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/09/2020
A car drives along an empty highway in Miami before the arrival of Hurricane Irma in south Florida
Florida to issue 'Florida Stands with Israel' license plates

Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation (HB 1135) on Friday, before Rosh Hashanah, which authorized the creation of the special license plate.

CONNECT WITH them. Students walk outside the Library of Columbia University in New York.
Columbia University students to vote on BDS referendum

This vote is critical in determining whether or not Columbia will continue its investments with companies who do business in Israel.

University of Pennsylvania.
2 furloughed UPenn kosher chefs open a kosher food truck to help the needy

“We’re trying to change lives, to put a lot of these young youths, young adults, single mothers, single parents, parents, anybody, on the right track,” Harris said.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/09/2020
11-year-old boy blows shofar in front of Supreme Court to honor RBG

Marlowe told the “Good Morning Washington” show on WJLA-Ch. 7 that she also printed out several copies of the Mourner’s Kaddish to say at the Supreme Court in honor of Ginsburg.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/09/2020
Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012
Coronavirus is testing the resilience of Europe’s small Jewish communities

Six months after the coronavirus brought much of European Jewish life to a halt, communities across the continent have mostly adjusted to life under the cloud of a global pandemic.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/09/2020
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death changed Rosh Hashanah services

On Twitter, Rabbi Michael Latz reported that a colleague had “rushed the bimah” with a note scrawled on a piece of paper ripped from a spiral notebook: “RBG died.”

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
22/09/2020
How Orthodox Jews learned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

"All Jews have had this horrible experience where we come out of a Shabbos or holiday where we find out about something… Yom Kippur last year was when we found out about the shooting in Germany."

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
22/09/2020
 Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks as she receives The Genesis Prize's Lifetime Achievement award
How Judaism animated Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life

“I am a judge born, raised and proud of being a Jew,” she wrote in an essay for the American Jewish Committee in 1996.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/09/2020
Wiesenthal Center demands YouTube remove antisemitic French rapper

Last week, the Paris prosecutor's office announced that it had opened an investigation into the rapper for "provocation of racial hatred."

A woman uses an ATM at a branch of Israel Discount Bank in Tel Aviv, Israel
Israeli backup bank accounts in demand again

With antisemitism on the rise in America, American Jews are looking at backing up their finances in Israel.

By ERAN PELEG
21/09/2020
NEW YORK Governor Andrew M. Cuomo holds his daily COVID-19 press briefing at the New York Stock Exch
New York will erect statue in Brooklyn to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/09/2020
Patinkin blows shofar in TV tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish

Ginsburg had told her family shortly before she passed away on Friday that it was “fervent wish” that she not be replaced until there is a new president.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/09/2020
The usual suspects TV show at the Emmys
‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps the 2020 Emmys and makes history

The beloved series won every comedy category for its sixth and final season, and the younger Levy alone won four awards.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
21/09/2020
What Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught us about the gift of time

The exquisite, agonizing time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing underscored one of the great lessons of her own life and of Rosh Hashanah: how we make use of the time God grants us matters.

By DANIEL B. SHAPIRO/JTA
21/09/2020
Chicago
Teenage Jewish baseball player breaks down racial barriers in Chicago

Enamored with the opposing, predominately Black squad, his father decided to ask the U-16 coach to let his son try out for the team. The coach agreed.

Shofarpalooza: Drive-in Rosh Hashanah service makes a sight to see

The service included a festive sundown celebration stacked with live shofar-blowing, among other activities.

Jewish organizations mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

J Street, AJC, URJ and others issued statements mourning the passing of the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court.

Antisemitic graffiti on an Australian Jewish cafe
NY to direct hate crimes unit to investigate antisemitic graffiti at NYU

"This is not who we are as New Yorkers and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation immediately," said the NY Governor's Office.

Benny Leonard
Story of Jewish boxer recruited by FBI to fight Nazis to become a movie

It may sound like fantasy, but Barry’s new novel tells the true story of American Jewish boxers in the years leading up to World War II, who played an active role in fighting Nazism in the US.

German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute
Nazi flag sprawled out in Miami disturbs Jews ahead of Rosh Hashanah

The flag was seen sprawled out across bushes by the condominium on two instances, one of which was documented by a resident of the building next door.

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NY synagogue cries out 'Black lives matter' in Rosh Hashanah sermon

Rabbi Hirsch stated that "liberal Jews can... join the struggle for racial justice – we must join that struggle – while distancing from those who peddle hatred of Jews."

US SUPREME COURT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Geo
Ginsburg's death on Rosh Hashanah significant for some Jewish Americans

News of her death traveled quickly via social media, and became a focal point in many New Year's services, religious leaders and observant Jews said.

By REUTERS
21/09/2020
Australian chain criticized for 'WWII evacuee' children's costume

While the official Smiffys site markets the costume as "wwii evacuee girl," at least one major site which sold the costume overseas had marketed it as an "Anne Frank costume."

Ukraine-Belarus border littered with trash as stuck Breslov Hassidim leave

"We asked the Belarusians not to let the pilgrims enter the Belarusian territory, they didn't listen, and not they will have to clean up."

20/09/2020
Director of film on voter oppression learns of Jewish role in activism

‘All In: The Fight for Democracy’ director Liz Garbus on learning the Jewish tradition of activism from her famous father.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
19/09/2020
QAnon is an old form of antisemitism in a new package, experts say

The way that QAnon ideas tend to propagate means that large numbers of people are encountering and absorbing antisemitic tropes all the time.

By BEN SALES/JTA
19/09/2020
3 Holocaust monuments vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine and Russia

At the former concentration camp Bogdanovka, in southern Ukraine, a note with three swastikas was addressed to three prominent Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/09/2020
Hearing for Paris kosher store attack set for Yom Kippur

According to the report, the court’s administration is reluctant to change the date of the hearing because of concerns connected to the separation of church and state.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/09/2020
Gavel lying in front of a judge courtroom lawyer lawsuit
First Jewish Massachusetts chief Justice, Ralph Gants' memory lives on

Judges, lawyers, political figures and community leaders remembered Gants as a legal giant, passionate in his dedication to equal justice and steeped in compassion for people from all walks of life.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
19/09/2020
One Zoom employee saved High Holy Days streaming for 300 synagogues

“The ability to give back in other ways than monetary ways just means a lot."

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
19/09/2020
A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'
While Jewish newspapers struggle, Detroit's decides to go nonprofit

That model, its publisher and newly formed foundation hope, will allow the paper to stave off the financial pressures that have caused many papers to shutter or switch to digital only in recent years

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
19/09/2020
Fox show calls out Newt Gingrich for his George Soros rhetoric

Fox News guests and hosts have, like Gingrich, blamed Soros for the unrest and violence accompanying protests this summer.

By BEN SALES/JTA
19/09/2020
Germany pledges extra $26 million for Jewish security

The announcement comes nearly a year after a violent attack on the synagogue in Halle, on Yom Kippur, which left two passersby dead.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
19/09/2020
Anne Frank at her writing table in 1940; how many Anne Franks were lost in the Holocaust?
Anne Frank-themed blush featured in Hong Kong cosmetics line

The product was removed from the catalog this week following complaints.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/09/2020
UAE, Bahrain send out Rosh Hashanah wishes

Officials from both countries tweeted in English and Hebrew. Also, the UAE's leading English daily published a Rosh Hashanah section.

18/09/2020
Arizona State University adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The passing of the resolution makes ASU the second university in the United States to adopt the IHRA definition.

18/09/2020
The California state capitol in Sacramento
Californian Jews launch campaign for Ethnic Studies program inclusion

The JCRC has stated that narratives should go beyond the four foundational groups of California.

18/09/2020
The Singing Rabbi
40 South African rabbis unite to sing Rosh Hashanah prayer and go viral

The project included creating a video that showed 40 of South Africa's Rabbanim and Chazanim come together to sing the Jewish prayer of 'Avinu Malkeinu.'

St. Martin
This Rosh Hashanah two countries will gather to hear one shofar at once

Rabbi Moishe Chanowitz will blow the shofar on the border between French St Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.

Jewish kids prepare for the Jewish New Year at their home in Moshav Yashresh, September 11, 2020.
British leaders extend their good wishes for a sweet Rosh Hashanah

Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Kier Starmer, have both released Rosh Hashana messages.

Leila Khaled
Israeli law firm demands California uni. drop PLFP hijacker as speaker

Plane hijacker Leila Khaled is due to address San Francisco State University's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas study program on September 23.

New York state issues guidance for High Holy Day services

The Health Department recommends filling synagogues to no more than 33% capacity indoors and keeping 6 feet of distance between worshippers.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/09/2020
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel vows to fight rising antisemitism in Germany

If “education and education and enlightenment are not enough” to curb such tendencies, “we must resort to … disciplinary action."

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
18/09/2020
The Miami Herald
Miami Herald apologizes for running antisemitic, racist ads for months

“The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing."

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
18/09/2020
Jewish philanthropist Susan Sandler donates $200 million to fight racism

Sandler said she was inspired to think about her legacy after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor four years ago with a median survival rate of 18 months.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
18/09/2020
A man checks his mobile phone as a woman riding a bike passes next to a big Brazilian flag in Sao Pa
Brazilian Jewish schools raise $4 million in donations for scholarships

Brazil is home to a 120,000-strong Jewish community, half living in Sao Paulo. In 2019, a record-high 700 Brazilian Jews moved to Israel, according to the Jewish Agency.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
18/09/2020
Cow illustrative
Polish parliament drops proposal to ban export of kosher, halal meat

Animal welfare activists oppose the slaughter of animals for kosher and halal meat because it precludes stunning before the animals’ throats are cut.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/09/2020
26 Jewish schools unite to exhort families to play it safe amid COVID-19

The letter makes clear that the consequences of not complying could be steep.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/09/2020
2 US senators warn Poland’s president on antisemitism and restitution

“We are alarmed by growing antisemitic discourse in Poland and scapegoating of the Jewish community, which run counter to our nations’ shared values.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/09/2020
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