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.

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
Hungarian Jews to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on a boat amid COVID-19

Shofar-blowing ceremonies are being organized in each of Budapest’s 23 districts at open-air and accessible locations.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/09/2020
Joe Biden accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in Wilmington, Delaware
Biden: Antisemitism in Charlottesville compelled me to run for president

“One of the things that got me involved in this race.. was when those folks came out of the fields down in Charlottesville chanting,” Biden recalled.

Mosaic United donates $20 million to Jewish campus life across globe

To date, Mosaic United has contributed over NIS 400 million to this program, which builds Jewish campus centers and supporting Jewish students in their endeavors.

Reform movement leads in elections for WZC's new American delegates

The elections saw more than double the turnout than the last election in 2015 and the highest number of ballots cast since the US WZC election began thirty years ago.

Ukraine denies entry to all 1,000 Breslov hassidim waiting at border

Breslov pilgrims had hoped for last minute permit to enter Ukraine to go to Uman for annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage.

11 faces of antisemitism

Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) hosted a live event on Antisemitism

Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew”
Zoom prayer services for Alabama Jews interrupted by Holocaust imagery

Kramer said the group has been meeting long distance for several months and had not had any other incidents of so-called Zoom-bombing.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
NJ town settles federal lawsuit to allow Chabad to expand building

If a federal judge approves the agreement, the town of Woodcliff Lake will allow the Valley Chabad to expand its building on its property and pay $1.5 million in damages to resolve a second lawsuit.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
Synagogue in Scotland nearly a century old named protected property

More than 840 groups and individuals supported the proposal to protect the building.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
Here’s why my congregation is praying in person during the High Holidays

An Orthodox rabbi who takes COVID-19 very seriously explains his reasoning for adopting a new prayer structure for the High Holidays.

By RABBI YOSIE LEVINE/JTA
17/09/2020
Why I’m praying with my community on Rosh Hashanah this year

Two years ago, I couldn't - I was sitting shiva for my father. I thought I would never have to spend Rosh Hashanah without a community again.

By BRIAN SOKOL/JTA
17/09/2020
rand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum speaks at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York
Brooklyn Satmar rabbi to skip Rosh Hashanah due to rising COVID-19 cases

Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum will remain in Kiryas Joel for Rosh Hashanah because of new cases of COVID-19 in his upstate town, according to an announcement from a local synagogue shared on social media.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
17/09/2020
Red Cross aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims amassed at Ukraine borders

“At around 3 a.m. the wind started picking up, cold winds and children started shivering, and elderly people started turning blue.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/09/2020
Study: Over 1 in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust

15% said they thought the Holocaust was a myth or has been exaggerated, and 20% said people talk about it too much. Nearly half said they had seen Holocaust denial online.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
Twenty-nine German police suspended for sharing pictures of Hitler

The incident is embarrassing for German police and security agencies, who have faced accusations of not doing enough to unearth potentially violent nationalists in their ranks.

By REUTERS
16/09/2020
Gadot, Baron Cohen, Sacks, included in 2021 Genesis Prize short list

Selection Committee shares names of nominees and invites the public to vote for next year’s Laureate

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Most comprehensive Auschwitz exhibit in N. America to Open in Kansas City

The international exhibit, which is making its second and final North American stop, explores the duality of Auschwitz as a symbol and a physical location.

16/09/2020
A ‘High Holiday Prayer’ to the Czar

After he freed the serfs, Alexander II was virtually deified by one top Jewish newspaper.

By ZACK ROTHBART
16/09/2020
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, injured in the recent shooting at the synagogue in Poway
Brother of ex-Poway synagogue leader pleads guilty in fraud scheme

Prosecutors said he worked with his brother from 2012 to 2018 to conceal more than $700,000 in income from the IRS and avoid paying $155,881 in taxes.

By TNS
16/09/2020
Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi delivers a torah lesson at Ateret Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Novem
New York yeshiva closes after 13 students test positive for COVID-19

Yeshiva Darchei Torah will transition to distance learning temporarily while the Health Department conducts an investigation, according to Politico.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
16/09/2020
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
Instagram account ‘organized in antisemitism’ lists Jewish students

Daniel May, 14, a ninth-grader at the private Marin Academy in nearby San Rafael, told the J that the online anti-Semitic harassment does not surprise him.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/09/2020
swastika santiago chile
Swastikas spray-painted in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The swastikas were discovered on Sunday morning painted on the Walnut Street Bridge and in the Bluff View Art District. They were cleaned off by Monday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/09/2020
Jewish schools in Europe get added $2.7 mln in donations amid COVID-19

“With parents struggling to pay tuition as well as regular donors unable to support the schools at previous levels, the situation has become dire,” the statement read.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/09/2020
Amsterdam Jewish schools lose city’s subsidy because parental donations

The Jewish community of the Netherlands spends about $1.2 million annually on security. Its Jewish schools have a budget deficit of at least $250,000.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/09/2020
Sacha Baron Cohen freezes Instagram to protest hate speech on Facebook

Cohen has been a public critic of Facebook, which he called “the greatest propaganda machine in history” last November in a speech after receiving an international leadership award from the ADL.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/09/2020
US President Donald Trump speaks as Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates
Jewish organizations praise the signing of the Abraham Accords

AIPAC, the IAC, URJ, CUFI and more praise the deal and look to the future.

General Zionists Confederation signs co-op deal with Hanor Hazioni

The two organizations have joined forces to send 35 representatives to the World Zionist Congress, set to take place in Jerusalem in October.

Breslov hassidim on the border between Ukraine and Belarus
1,000 hassidim trapped between Belarus and Ukraine trying to get to Uman

Israeli embassies in both countries are working to supply those trapped, who were forced to sleep outdoors on the ground, with humanitarian supplies.

20% young people 'felt' as though the Jews caused the Holocaust - survey

According to the Claims Conference, the results of the Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study showed a "worrying lack of basic Holocaust knowledge" among the respondents.

RABBI MARVIN HIER (center) and Rabbi Abraham Cooper (right) of the Simon Wiesenthal Center meet with
Jewish Agency working to boost Jewish life in UAE, Bahrain

Herzog: ‘I truly believe this is a historic process of further inclusion of Israel in the region, and we should congratulate it’

ZOA's Tisch and Klein with Beck and Bachmann
After mutual complaints, a Jewish umbrella body comes to decision

Earlier this year, HIAS accused the Zionist Organization of America, its fellow member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, of disparagement.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
15/09/2020
A child sits at the computer
Video of kid singing Yom Kippur's 'Avinu Malkeinu' poem goes viral

“I’m totally overwhelmed by the impact it’s had,” Shapiro told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency from her home in Western Australia. “It wasn’t built with an intention to be a performance.”

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
15/09/2020
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo
Tombstones vandalized at 3 Jewish cemeteries in Poland

Last week, a 19th century tombstone at the Jewish cemetery in Tarnowskie Gory, near Krakow, was defaced with red spray paint.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
15/09/2020
A man checks his mobile phone as a woman riding a bike passes next to a big Brazilian flag in Sao Pa
Brazil’s first Jewish Supreme Court head says ‘baruch Hashem’ in speech

Brazil rotates the presidency among the 11 justices on the Federal Supreme Court every two years.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
15/09/2020
Florida Latinos flooded with antisemitic conspiracy theories

The exact origin of the messages — which are circulating in groups on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, or on social media — is unclear.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/09/2020
London mayoral candidate suspended for making antisemitic remarks in 1997

The Liberal Democrats suspended Geeta Sidhu-Robb, who was vying to become their candidate in London’s 2021 mayoral elections.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/09/2020
BETH MEIR Synagogue interior.
What American rabbis are thinking as the new year dawns amid the pandemic

The rabbis and cantors charged with leading their communities through this time are facing a set of challenges uniquely their own.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
15/09/2020
Closures and quarantines already widespread at New York Jewish day schools

For the New York and New Jersey schools, learning is continuing from a distance even as schools close or quarantine individual students or classrooms.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
15/09/2020
Bahraini Jewish community sees opportunity to grow with normalization

Today the community is aging with much of the youth leaving to study abroad and ultimately not returning, often moving to New York or London.

Hundreds of Breslov Hassidim stuck in Belarus on way to Uman

Some pilgrims sleeping rough in parks without access to kosher food, basic amenities, condemn Israeli govt for thwarting annual Rosh Hashana pilgrimage

MEP: Poland's anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war 'dehumanizing' of Jews

Members of the ruling Law & Justice (PiS) party have been joined by some Roman Catholic bishops in denouncing LGBT+ rights as a foreign "ideology" that threatens traditional values.

By REUTERS
14/09/2020
Valentina Leskaj
Ex Albania minister becomes 1st Muslim to join Combat Antisemitism Movement

"Antisemitism is not just a danger to Jews and Jewish communities. It is a threat to every decent society and therefore to people of all backgrounds: Muslim, Christian and beyond."

Silvio Berlusconi meets Amos Luzzatto in Rome
Amos Luzzatto, Italian writer and Jewish community leader, dies at 92

He served as president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities from 1998-2006 as well as president of the Jewish community of Venice.

Display by Israel's Embassy in Berlin Light Festival, 2020
'Best of Israeli culture' displayed at Berlin Festival of Lights

"In the place that books were burned purely because of the Jewishness of their authors, the best of Israeli culture in all its forms is displayed in public 87 years later."

US synagogues prepare for unique, pandemic-era High Holy Days

More than 6,000 people participated in online “Slichot Night Live" with lectures, Havdalah and Slichot services led by more than 60 rabbis, kantors and speakers.

Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is seen from Boulder, Colorado June 3, 2016
Colorado mountain park vandalized with antisemitic, racist graffiti

Reporter Rick Sallinger described the graffiti as "not just spray paint, but vicious racial derogatory epithets and antisemitic slurs."

Two religious men outside the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, New York.
Against corona regulations, packed services held at Chabad’s headquarters

The Gedaliah Society, a collective of doctors that has been advising Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights during the pandemic, issued a stern exhortation against attending services at Chabad headquarters.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
13/09/2020
No convictions for antisemitic crimes in Bulgaria last year, says report

FRA released a report on September 10, which documents antisemitic incidents that have occurred in the European Union from 2009 to 2019.

EU Commission VP: Fighting antisemitism is the essence of European life

"It is clear that to address the issue in all its dimensions, we need a comprehensive approach and increased coordination within and among our Member States."

Keren Hayesod celebrates 100 years by launching a crowdfunding campaign

If the campaign reaches its goal of a million euros, it will be doubled by donors.

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