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.

Jewish school in Antwerp
Israeli ambassador slams Belgian daily for 'anti-Israel drivel'

The piece claimed that Palestinians, "who did not participate in the massacre of European Jews by the Nazis have to pay the price for that crime or are accused of antisemitism."

26/01/2020
jobbik
Hungary's Jobbik party and its antisemitic, and Jewish roots

Jobbik, a Hungarian far-right party who critics call institutionally antisemitic, has elected a man with Jewish roots, Peter Jakab, as its president.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
26/01/2020
Jewish Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez battling breast cancer

"It's important for women to know that early detection is key. As a community, as a society, we need to figure out a way so that everyone has access to a mammogram."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg launches Jewish outreach

Bloomberg is rolling out “United for Mike,” the name for his Jewish campaign

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/01/2020
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign
Bernie Sanders rolls out his Jewish Bernie campaign video

It starts with Sanders’ declaration of pride in being Jewish

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/01/2020
Families urged to light candles to preserve memory of Holocaust victims

The candle should include personal information about the individual who perished, including details of their age at their time of death, where they lived and their profession.

By OMRI RON
26/01/2020
New Jersey town with large Orthodox population gets first Orthodox cop

Michael Wolf was sworn in Wednesday in a ceremony with 12 other new police officers following a year-long training, Asbury Park Press reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Swastikas painted on synagogue in New Zealand

The word “Heil” was also painted nearby.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Morocco opens $1.5 million center dedicated to Jewish culture

Last week, King Mohammed VI attended the inauguration for Bayt Dakira, which means House of Memory in Arabic.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
25/01/2020
Seasonal vegan gourmet
World's first vegan Jewish deli opens in Chicago

The deli's menu includes traditional and gluten-free bagels, salad sandwiches and traditional dishes such as "Zish's potato knishes," as well as deli salads and "a bisl more."

By LEON SVERDLOV
25/01/2020
Religious men praying in Krakow Ghetto on Yom Kippur 1940.
Restorers find precious Judaica items in former Polish synagogue

More than 350 items were found about two months ago in Wieliczka.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
New Zealand flag and Parliament buildings
New Zealand synagogue defaced by swastikas

According to the World Jewish Congress, about 6,500 Jews live in New Zealand.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Holocaust survivor tells her story in Germany

Holocaust survivor Eva Erben is impacting school students in Germany. “Your story is a story of hope,” a student said.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
24/01/2020
German reporter blames Israel for misusing Holocaust remembrance

Jewish leader terms commentary a boost for right-wing extremists

Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg vows to use $1b. to fight antisemitism, extremism if elected

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that he disagreed with BDS as a strategy to resolve the conflict because it lays all the blame at the feet of Israel.

By PETE BUTTIGIEG/JTA
24/01/2020
The girl who ran Auschwitz's secret library

Soon-to-be-published memoir by Dita Kraus details harrowing childhood experience guarding precious books; provides rare glimpse into the family camp in Auschwitz

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
24/01/2020
A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London
UK Jews demand apology after BBC links Holocaust to Palestinian conflict

A report on the Holocaust referred to 'occupation' of Palestinian territories, concluding "some [Israelis] will always see their nation through the prism of persecution."

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa of the Muslim World League visits Auschwitz with David Harris, Rabbi D
Interfaith prayers led at Auschwitz by most senior Muslim to visit to date

A joint delegation of Muslims from the Muslim World League and Jews from the American Jewish Committee gathered today at the Auschwitz Museum, where both Muslim and Jewish prayers were said.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
Poland's President Andrzej Duda delivers a speech before the official start of a march marking the 1
Polish president calls to ‘bear witness to the truth’ in four days

Polish President Andrzej Duda published an opinion piece in 'The Washington Post' on Thursday in which he discusses the Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil, and Polish resistance to them.

THE RABBINATE High Court of Appeals, Jerusalem, 1959. From left: Rabbi Yaakov Ades, Rabbi Ovadia Hed
Rabbis with knives between their teeth are needed

How is it possible the religious parties have failed to inspire the majority of Israelis to feel closer to Judaism and to foster a greater appreciation for the Jewish way of living?

President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Dr. Moshe Kantor
Kantor: US most worrisome country for resurgent antisemitism at present

World Holocaust Forum head insists there was no contact between organizers and Putin regarding Polish president.

Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress  and the World Holocaust Forum Foundatio
Holocaust Forum organizers insist Polish president offered chance to speak

The fifth annual World Holocaust Forum begins today at 1:30 p.m.

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum - Watch Live

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the message is clear – antisemitism has no place in our global society.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Crown of terrorism victim’s Torah retrieved after offered for sale on eBay

The ornate crown of a Torah scroll donated in memory of 2002 terrorism victim Michal Franklin, believed to have been stolen several years ago, recently was offered for sale on eBay.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.,
Pelosi-led congressional delegation visits Krakow Jewish center

The bipartisan delegation led by Pelosi visited JCC Krakow on Tuesday after visiting the site of the former Auschwitz Nazi camp

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
23/01/2020
Jeff Goldblum decided to be an actor while studying for his bar mitzvah

Jeff Goldblum recounts his history on TV, including how Judaism helped him decide to become an actor

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
Neo-Nazi leader quotes Hitler in motion filed in federal court

Cantwell is one of about 25 defendants in a lawsuit filed against the organizers of the 2017 neo-Nazi “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/01/2020
Original cast of the Monty Python troupe
Monty Python’s Terry Jones cut a ‘Nazi Jew’ scene from ‘Life of Brian’

One scene deleted from the film was the “Otto” scene, which features a radical, first-century Jewish revolutionary who has the same dreams as the young Adolf Hitler

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
Holocaust survivors enter Auschwitz 73 years after its liberation on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Janu
Belgian leader celebrates Holocaust rescuer’s 100th birthday

Jambon visited the home of Maria Nowak, a Polish woman who risked her life to save Jews during the Holocaust, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Why is a church still holding services in Auschwitz-Birkenau?

The church, which remains operational and fully functional to this day, represents one of today’s most imminent threats to the integrity of Holocaust memory.

By RABBI AVI WEISS/JTA
23/01/2020
Marc Maron and others trace their heritage on 'Finding Your Roots'

The episode that aired Tuesday night explored the family trees of actor Jeff Goldblum, NPR host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
California man donates part of liver to rabbi he doesn’t know

‘I’ve always had that altruistic streak and always sought out ways to help where I could,’ donor Eric Steger said.

AMERICANS PROTESTING against trade with the Nazis before World War II.
50% of Americans don’t know how many Jews died in Holocaust

New Pew poll shows that 66% of Americans know the Holocaust involved the mass-murder of Jews, and pluralities of Americans have basic understanding of Holocaust in multiple choice questions.

People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in t
25% of French millennials say they haven’t heard of the Holocaust - poll

Claims Conference poll finds that there is too little Holocaust education in schools.

A view of Skopje, capital of North Macedonia.
Macedonian minister receives antisemitic insults by ruling party activist

Vidana Boshkova Micevska, an adamant SDSM supporter, ethnically profiled Mizrahi on Facebook. After receiving backlash for her original antisemitic post, she countered with more hate speech.

By HANNAH HEPNER
23/01/2020
A STAR of David is seen at the new Holocaust museum called the House of Fates in Budapest, Hungary,
'Hungary has zero tolerance for antisemitism,' Budapest's minister says

"It is important to emphasize that Budapest has the third largest Jewish community in Europe, and the second largest synagogue in the world," Justice Minister Judith Verga asserted.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
23/01/2020
Hungarian Lajos Koltai directs during the shooting of the film "Fateless," based on the novel by 200
The true and the fake: A review of Holocaust films

Life is Beautiful jump started the 'feel-good Holocaust movie' phenomenon, but people prefer films based on true stories.

Polish European Parliament member compares Holocaust to animal abuse

"It's time for a serious discussion about the treatment of animals, the conditions in which they live, and how we kill them."

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) logo
University of Michigan has to cancel SJP conference say pro-Israel groups

The conference is yet another attempt by the Students for Justice in Palestine movement to spread Israel-hate and antisemitism on campus.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
22/01/2020
A man points at a gold star inside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York
New York middle school students get Holocaust education

For many of the 8th-graders from PS 84 in Williamsburg who toured the museum last week, it was the first time they learned about the Holocaust.

By MARIAL LISELLA
22/01/2020
The “Dimensions in Testimony” program
How technology can keep Holocaust memories alive

New tools and methodologies will have to be deployed to combat worrying trends in public awareness and acknowledgement of the Holocaust.

22/01/2020
WHO IS facilitating antisemitism in London.
Transgender woman gives up legal fight to see her haredi Orthodox children

The family has remained unidentified in the British media.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Members of White Supremacy groups gather in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin man arrested for vandalizing synagogue for The Base hate group

Barasneh is accused of spray-painting a swastika and other Nazi imagery, as well as the word “Jude,” German for Jew, on the building of the Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine in September.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Azaria has been the thickly accented caricatured voice of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, manager of the show’s Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, for 30 years.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Members of the European Union delegation under the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp
European legislators examine ways to combat antisemitism

“Today, the situation in Europe is worrying."

US
Idaho governor recognizes 125th anniversary of state’s Jewish community

Idaho also has Jewish communities in the cities of Sun Valley, Pocatello, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene, according to the report.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Jewish government worker in Berlin was subjected to antisemitic harassment

The employee, who was not a driver for Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported the incidents to the federal government’s antisemitism commissioner in the Ministry of the Interior

By TOAXELROD/JTA
22/01/2020
Jewish cemetery in Bulgaria vandalized

Gravestones were pushed over and broken, and a fence around the cemetery was damaged, the Sofia Globe reported Thursday.

By MARCY OSTER
22/01/2020
Jewish community
Young boys identified as the vandals of Jewish cemetery in Slovakia

The gravestones were pushed over, causing some to crack, in mid-December in the northern town of Rajec.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
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Soup kitchen brings together Jewish and black leaders for MLK Day

Several pastors, local officials and representatives of the New York Police Department also were on hand for the Masbia event.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/01/2020
A man holds a sign outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, New York, U.S., December 29
On patrol with a Monsey Hasidic security force

It was a weekday in early January and Margaretten was explaining the concept of tefillin to a sanitation worker on the other end of the line.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/01/2020
Taika Waititi didn't want 'Jojo Rabbit' to be a sad Holocaust film

Waititi’s decision to use one of history’s most infamous figures as a comic foil puts his Jojo Rabbit in a delicate place at a time when neo-Nazi groups are making daily headlines.

By GLENN WHIPP/TNS
21/01/2020
WWII historian's new book views Munich agreement through Czech eyes

The Bell of Treason should command the attention of anyone interested in the origins of World War II.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
21/01/2020
Antisemitism is on the rise, but why now?

Some of the antisemitic narratives of today originated in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and even 80s.

By SIMA VAKNIN-GILL
21/01/2020
World leaders gather in Jerusalem to unite against antisemitism

Previous global conferences on antisemitism in Jerusalem have drawn an impressive number of international delegations, but nowhere near as many heads of state.

‘Children’s home’ was drawn by Helga Weissova, who was sent to Terezin at age 12 and is now lives in
New exhibit in New York allows artists to tell their Holocaust stories

Rendering Witness features a mixture of works by people who survived and people who perished during the Holocaust.

By MARIA LISELLA
21/01/2020
KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar
KKL-JNF head: 'We must fight the terrible phenomenon of antisemitism'

“Alongside a call to the world, we must also issue a request to the citizens of Israel to maintain unity and solidarity.”

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
21/01/2020
Café Europa project gives homes and support to Holocaust survivors

It is our duty to continue to provide for the city’s Holocaust survivors, to give them a warm and welcoming “home.”

By SHAI DORON
21/01/2020
Understanding the lessons of the Holocaust

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day,” said WZO vice chairman Yaakov Hagoel, “the world stops and says, ‘There was a Holocaust, we remember it and we want to prevent another one from happening.’"

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
21/01/2020
Memories of Kiev's Babyn Yar massacre during the Holocaust

It is all too easy to turn the cyclopean amount of victims of the Holocaust by bullets during World War II into mere numbers, behind which the meaning of each individual’s fate is lost.

By ILYA KHRZHANOVSKIY
24/01/2020
Moshe Kantor to 'Post': ‘Antisemitism has no place in our global society’

Antisemitism is a hatred that knows no boundaries and has been adopted by multiple ideologies.

21/01/2020
The historical memory of the Holocaust in Russia and Ukraine

Studies show that 48% of respondents in 11 Russian cities were unable to answer the question “What is the Holocaust?”

By HAIM BEN YAAKOV
21/01/2020
Antisemitism in the West is out in the open, not hiding in plain sight

The antisemitism that once hid behind a fig leaf of anti-Israel sentiment has largely shed this pretense. Antisemites are now comfortable being open about their hatred.

By JOHN HAGEE
21/01/2020
Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky to 'Post': 'Antisemitism is not just a Jewish problem'

“You may disagree with Israel as much as you wish, but the moment you deny Israel’s right to exist... then it’s antisemitism.”

21/01/2020
Baruch Adler
75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, antisemitism remains imminent

There is no such thing as a single antisemitic event. They are all part of the same atmosphere, create and follow the same trends and produce the same agitation.

By BARUCH ADLER
22/01/2020
Holocaust remembrance in Moscow
Fighting antisemitism in the 21st century

The antisemitic acts that have swept across the US and Europe have exposed serious issues with tolerance in developed democratic countries.

By VIKTOR VEKSELBERG
21/01/2020
US President Donald Trump leaves a note at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerus
President Trump leads the fight against antisemitism

In every measurable metric, President Trump has done more to combat antisemitism than any of his predecessors.

Stopping the spread of antisemitism to save society

As a powerful symbol of society’s foundations, Jews have become a magnet for vilification from extremists on both the Right and the Left.

By MOSHE KANTOR
21/01/2020
Getting ready for the event at the President’s Residence.
Leaders gather in Israel to unite in the fight against antisemitism

The Holocaust carries both the intensely particular experience of the genocidal hatred reserved for the Jews, and at the same time the universal blights of intolerance, bigotry and fanaticism.

The infamous legacy of Auschwitz, 75 years after liberation

Auschwitz is generally the knee-jerk name that comes up in the context of the Holocaust, and has attained an almost iconic status in the history of the Jewish people.

21/01/2020
The 102 bus at Muswell Hill
Teen fined £100 for setting Jewish man's hair on fire

"Are you Jewish? You can't be Jewish because you don't have horns," the boy said during the attack.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
21/01/2020
People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in t
French Jews and Non-Jews deeply concerned about rising antisemitism - poll

73% of the French public and 72% of Jews ‘consider antisemitism a problem that affects all of French society.’

Yellow badge Star of David
Serbia flies yellow-badge flag to honor Holocaust victims

President Aleksandar Vučić tweeted a photo of the flag flying over his official residence, with the words 'never again.'

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
21/01/2020
Son of bagel dynasty founder in London admits to killing mother and sister

Joshua Cohen, 29, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, though he has continued to deny their murders.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/01/2020
Photos surface showing convicted Nazi war criminal at Sobibor camp

It reportedly is the first time that Demjanuk has been identified in photos of Sobibor.

By TOAXELROD/JTA
21/01/2020
Munich
Munich conference cancelled after pro-Israel speaker rejected

City Councilman Marian Offman, who is Jewish, had been appointed by the city of Munich to deliver a greeting from Mayor Dieter Reiter.

By TOAXELROD/JTA
21/01/2020
Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman confirms that she will not compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Raisman posted a video of herself as a young gymnast titled “Never underestimate the power of a kid’s dream” and mused in the letter about what she would tell her 8-year-old self.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/01/2020
New York Police Department by the Fifth Avenue Synagogue
Man charged with hate crime for yelling at Jewish couple in New York City

The incident comes amid an increase in antisemitic violence against Jews in the city.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/01/2020
Rally remembers Argentine prosecutor Nisman on 5th anniversary of death

Thousands attended a rally held Saturday in the center of Buenos Aires under the motto: “Justice You Shall Pursue: It was not suicide, it was an assassination.”

By JTA STAFF
21/01/2020
Amtrak station in Cary, North Carolina
Son of North Carolina judge pleads guilty to threatening local synagogue

“As deeply concerned parents, we apologize profusely to the Jewish community and to all who have been impacted. And we are treating this situation with utmost seriousness.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/01/2020
Joseph Goebbels, April 1937
Brazilian minister fired for speech using excerpts from Nazi Goebbels

Richard Wagner, one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite composers who is commonly associated with German nationalism, played in the background.

By MARCUS M. GILBAN / JTA
21/01/2020
Journalist Souad Mekhennet receives International Leadership Award

Souad Mekhennet received last week the Simon Wisenthal Center's International Leadership Award for "for her integrity and courageous commitment to shining light on forgotten victims of man’s inhuman"

By DEBORAH DAHAN
20/01/2020
The Opening of the 26th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 1964.
US elections for 38th World Zionist Congress set to start Tuesday

These venerable Zionist organizations have significant resources at their disposal, and these elections give Diaspora Jews a say in how they are used.

Florida cop suspended for wife's Facebook posts against Rashida Tlaib

Lima-Taub explained that her primary issue with Tlaib is the congresswoman's support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

21/01/2020
Pope Francis condemns resurgence of antisemitism around the world

"Once more, I firmly condemn every form of antisemitism," said Pope Francis at an event held by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

By REUTERS , DEBORAH DAHAN
21/01/2020
Representative-elect Russ Fulcher (R-ID) draws number 26 during a lottery for office assignments on
Idaho’s Fulcher on antisemitism: Shut it down

The congressman praised Trump’s executive order on the BDS movement, saying it shed light on antisemitism worldwide.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
20/01/2020
Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew”
Graffiti in Spain says 'Free Palestine, Kill a Jew'

"[Sunday] we got more proof of how much needs to be done [to fight antisemitism]," Spokesman of the Israeli Embassy in Spain Yoav Katz tweeted.

20/01/2020
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
IHRA 2020 declaration discusses Holocaust, modern antisemitism

The IHRA promised that Holocaust victims and survivors will not be forgotten.

20/01/2020
Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in the snow
75 years on, Holocaust survivors struggle to recover property in Poland

A local woman said to her and her mother "Hitler promised to get rid of all of the Jews, and here they come home," Lea Evron told Reuters in her apartment in New York.

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
 A supporter waves her flag during a neo-Nazi rally at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City,
3 more men alleged to be members of neo-Nazi group arrested in Georgia

The Base believes in an extreme form of survivalism and preparation, in order to prevent the “extinction” of the Caucasian race, the FBI has said.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/01/2020
Aliza Bloch, Beit Shemesh religious-Zionist mayoral-candidate
Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch visits Washington

In 2014, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington ended a 19-year-old partnership program with Beit Shemesh.

The Italian flag waves over the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy May 30, 2018
Italy adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Italian cabinet decision states that it adopts the definition, and that it appointed Prof. Milena Santerini as the national coordinator of the fight against antisemitism.

'Offensive Crayons' original pack
Offensive Crayons company crosses boundary with 'Auschwitz Ash'

The company says its original product was taken off of Amazon on January 9, 2018 and banned "for literally 'offending children and caucasians.'"

19/01/2020
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