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.

Germany rejects proposed 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
16/02/2020
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
14/02/2020
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?"

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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
General overall view of the downtown Philadelphia skyline
Man shouts antisemitic epithets in Philadelphia kosher market

The regional director of ADL of Philadelphia, said that while such threats must be taken “extremely seriously, (w)e believe the police are on top of this, that there is not an imminent threat."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/02/2020
Madoff’s victims can weigh in on 'compassionate release' request

Many prominent Jewish nonprofits suffered major losses in the fraud.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at a Likud Party event, February 5, 2020
Netanyahu endorses pro-settler slate in Zionist Congress elections

The Congress controls about $1 billion annually in funding for Zionist institutions and has a role in naming the top professionals in those institutions.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/02/2020
Orthodox mother of 5 from Israel wins Miami half-marathon race

Beatie Deutsch, 30, is working to qualify to represent Israel in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/02/2020
Actor Michael Douglas poses with his father Kirk Douglas and son Cameron Douglas during the unveilin
Belarus Jewish community holds memorial for Kirk Douglas

Douglas, who died last week in Los Angeles at the age of 103, was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, to Yiddish-speaking Jewish parents.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/02/2020
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.
Sheldon, Miriam Adelson to spend $100 million for Trump reelection bid

The Guardian said most of the money would be funneled through political action committees and “dark money” groups that are not required to reveal donors.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
11/02/2020
Vindman’s synagogue accepts letters of support following ouster

Vindman was the Jewish staffer who was among the first to raise flags about President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
11/02/2020
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, Aug 12, 2015
Dodgers’ Joc Pederson won’t be traded to LA Angels after all

A trade that would have sent the lefty slugger to the Los Angeles Angels has been nixed.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
11/02/2020
A customer passes by an L Brands Inc., Victoria's Secret retail store in Manhattan, New York
Les Wexner controversy renews misgivings on Jewish fellowship

Employees who reported sexual harassment and bullying to Wexner said they did not see any action taken as a result.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
11/02/2020
Jewish member assaulted by Arab at Harvard Club event sues institution

"All I did was ask a simple question, and right when I got up, a grown man my father's age, got up, and tried putting his hands on me, he tried taking the microphone from me."

By CELIA JEAN
11/02/2020
The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018
Antisemitic graffiti painted on Jewish family’s door in Turin

The incident marks the umpteenth antisemitic episode in a few weeks.

German comedian apologizes to Holocaust survivor, gets attacked

Atze Schröder apologized for his father’s Nazi service

By TOAXELROD/JTA
11/02/2020
Libyan Jewish exile David Gerbi prays inside Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli October 1, 2011. Gerbi a
UN recognizes Libyan Jews' right to take part in country's peace process

The UN envoy has yet to comment on Luzon's claims, but Libyan officials are already questioning the decision.

09/02/2020
Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa gestures near national flags of Israel and Portugal
Israeli ambassador to Portugal condemns antisemitic cartoon publication

Gamzou appealed to Sábado and other platforms to not "grant the Gargalo's of this world the immunity and impunity that arise from the distortion of the concept of freedom of expression."

09/02/2020
German Jews urge Green Party MP to resign from ‘antisemitic’ BDS group

Last year, the Bild paper in Germany said Green Party member Claudia Roth made “antisemitism socially respectable” by enthusiastically meeting with the head of Iran’s quasi-Parliament Ali Larijani.

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After US envoy criticism, German president will not honor Iran’s regime

German Foreign Ministry still slated to celebrate ‘antisemitic’ regime

Can Jewish, Muslim children fight increasing antisemitism and crime?

At London’s Simon Marks school, students learn human values through a Jewish lens

Lior Suchard with co-host Keegan-Michael Key and guest Jack Black in 'Brain Games.'
Lior Suchard revamps Nat’l Geo’s ‘Brain Games’

Lior Suchard talks with the Post on how Brain Games shows "the hidden potential of the brain."

By SHANNA FULD
11/02/2020
The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit

Henry Ford’s role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/02/2020
US envoy urges Germany not to celebrate Iran’s Holocaust-denying regime

The US government and the Anti-Defamation League have concluded that Iran’s regime is the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism, antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

This Jewish data whiz predicts the Oscar winners with math

Zauzmer, 26, works during the day as a baseball analyst for the Los Angeles Dodgers, using math to identify strong players that the team could potentially acquire.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
08/02/2020
London witnesses three antisemitic hate crimes in under 24 hours

Jews were pelted with stones, eggs and fireworks in England's capital city this week.

ADL: Coronavirus outbreak sparks antisemitic conspiracy theories

“Finally! Science has discovered a cure for the most insidious disease of our time … Jewishness,” wrote one extremist on the encrypted instant messaging service Telegram

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/02/2020
Jewish Day School
Independent Jewish day school in Connecticut to close down

Carmel Academy announced its closure, citing the “current realities of finances and enrollment.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/02/2020
New Jersey event celebrates Talmud completion, Jewish solidarity

The Dirshu organization, which also sponsors an annual Day of Jewish Learning, will hold the event on Sunday at three venues in Newark

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/02/2020
'Harry Potter' series receives official Yiddish translation

Translated by an Indian-American Orthodox Jew and published in Sweden, the story behind the translation is fascinating in its own right

09/02/2020
Raquel Montoya-Lewis answers questions from the press after Gov. Jay Inslee announced her appointmen
Native American Jewish justice tells us how she made history

Montoya-Lewis had no role models when she moved from the tribal court system to the state courts. But now her career is paving the way for others to follow.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
06/02/2020
Joc Pederson
Dodgers Jewish slugger Joc Pederson being traded to the Los Angeles Angels

Pederson, 27, and pitcher Ross Stripling are headed to the American League club in exchange for second-year infielder Luis Rengifo and other players to be named.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
06/02/2020
 A supporter waves her flag during a neo-Nazi rally at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City,
Los Angeles City Council passes legislation to prevent hate crimes

Last year, the highest number of hate crimes were against Jewish Angelenos, with 69 reported crimes, followed by African-Americans with 68 and 53 against gay men.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/02/2020
Israel and Palestinian backers scuffle at student government meeting

The meeting was moved to a larger venue to accommodate the 110 students who signed up to comment and observers, The Daily Californian student newspaper reported.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/02/2020
GRAVES AT a desecrated Jewish cemetery in Europe.
Swastikas painted on headstones at Dutch Jewish cemetery

The Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands, or NIK, filed a police complaint.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
06/02/2020
Father of girl killed in Parkland shooting removed from State of the Union

He was escorted out of the House chamber by Capitol Police.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/02/2020
Sweden’s largest church supports Jewish and Muslim circumcision

Kosher and halal slaughter is not allowed in most of Belgium and Norway, as well as parts of Austria and Switzerland, among other places.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
06/02/2020
Environmental group led by Greta Thunberg boots out pro-BDS German party

Anti-Nazi and anti-fascist groups also evicted the same pro-PFLP, Marxist party.

Record high antisemitic incidents recorded in UK in 2019

The annual report also recorded 157 incidents of physical assault in 2019, an increase of 27% from the 124 incidents of this type recorded in 2018, and represented the highest-ever number of assaults

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