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.

War of the words: The conflict between definitions of antisemitism

"We need to first define and identify that which we are trying to defeat, in order to defeat it."

Local residents hug at the "Say Their Names" cemetery on the day of the guilty verdict in the trial

Here's how Jewish organizations reacted to the Derek Chauvin verdict

“We all have a responsibility to do more than feel outrage that George Floyd was murdered.”

A J Street panel meeting

What J Street means for Progressives' views on Israel - analysis

J Street, with its predictable talking points and focus on a two-state solution, should not be dismissed as a one-trick pony with little impact.

21/04/2021
Portrait of Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Tzipi Hotovely poses for a picture at her office i

Jewish Conservative youth group protests Hotovely with 'Occupation' event

The movement claims that she "has consistently refused to recognise Palestinian heritage, referring to the Palestinians as "thieves of history."

Jim Steinman, who composed hits for Celine Dion and Meat Loaf, dead at 73

The Grammy-winning composer died from kidney failure after a long illness.

HAREDIM GATHER near the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in the South Williamsburg neighbor

New York man arrested after hitting group of hasidic men with car

The NYPD spokesperson said that five men were hit by the vehicle, with one sustaining a foot injury.

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

Naomi Wolf claims Fauci beholden to Israel rather than US

Wolf, an anti-vaccine activist who has also promoted conspiracy theories about ebola and ISIS, appeared Monday on Fox News.

By BEN SALES/JTA
21/04/2021

Alberto Sonsol, 63, Uruguayan sportscaster who said ‘baruch Hashem’ on air

Sonsol is survived by his wife, Patricia Datz, and sons Diego, Alejandro and Micaela.

By JTA STAFF
21/04/2021
Grandparents 'Zoom' the Seder with their family

Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn’t the real thing

What Zoom provides is not real community. At the end of the day, digital fellowship is pyrite, also known as fool’s gold.

By RABBI ELI L. GARFINKEL/JTA
21/04/2021
Orthodox Jews pray while performing the Tashlich ceremony, on a hill over the beach in Kiryat Yam, n

Hasidic sailor does not have to shave his beard, federal judge rules

The Navy says the waiver granted to Di Liscia has been reversed, but the sailor is disputing the claim.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/04/2021

22 senators from both parties urge Biden to name antisemitism monitor

The letter noted that a law passed just before President Donald Trump left office elevates the position to ambassador level, lending it more prestige and clout within the State Department.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/04/2021
Spain flag

Concerns about radical, anti-Zionist parties ahead of Madrid elections

‘Voting for these two parties is voting for the discrimination of Jews and ostracization of Jewish life and the community,’ says head of ACOM organization which fights Israel boycotts.

US Jewish leadership expected to support Israel in Iran talks -Danon

In a conference on Israel in American politics, former UN ambassador Danny Danon said he expected the US Jewish leadership to support Israel as the US progresses in reestablishing the Iran Deal.

Montreal City Hall

Canada court voids part of disputed Quebec law on religious symbols

The 2019 law prohibits many civil servants, including police officers, from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs and turbans on the job.

By REUTERS
20/04/2021
British International Development Secretary Priti Patel attends a meeting with representatives from

UK moves to outlaw neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division, National Socialist Order

AWD promotes a "race war" the aim of which is to bring about a fascist, white ethno-state, according to the UK's Home Office.

Christ and the Samaritan Woman by  Bernardo Strozzi (1581–1644), dated to the first half of 17th cen

Dutch museum pays thousands to compensate for looted Nazi art

The descendants of Richard Semmel's family friends were granted 200,000 euros by the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle in the Netherlands, where the previously-owned painting currently sits.

Eliezer Rumpler, from the Lev Tahor Haredi Jewish sect   arrives to the Jerusalem District Court for

Feds charge extremist Orthodox sect Lev Tahor with exploiting, kidnapping

Five leaders of the Lev Tahor group were charged by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and FBI Monday with crimes related to an alleged forced marriage and kidnapping.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/04/2021
Argentina's flag in Buenos Aires

Argentine businessman calls Jewish CEO a ‘Moishe’ in antisemitic post

Garin is a town in Buenos Aires Province where one of Insud’s laboratories is located. “Moishe” can be used as an antisemitic slur.

By JTA STAFF
20/04/2021

Is your name on this list? Your Jewish roots might be in the Middle East

None of these sources are comprehensive. Your family was more likely to be mentioned somewhere, for example, if you donated money or if you sent your kids to Jewish schools.

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
20/04/2021
Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss at the Met Gala, May 6, 2019

Karlie Kloss’ baby’s name leaked by Josh Kushner’s former Israeli yeshiva

Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss, the brother and sister-in-law of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, wanted to wait even longer than that to make the baby’s name, Levi Joseph, public.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/04/2021
Maurice de Hond depicted as a puppet master in the Volkskrant newspaper in the Netherlands on April

Dutch daily apologizes for drawing Jewish pollster as a puppet master

The caricature depicted a leering Maurice de Hond holding a set of marionette strings. The editor in chief said it recall[s] too many memories of anti-Semitic caricatures of the Nazi period."

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/04/2021
The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February

Clubhouse will ‘shut down a number of rooms’ after antisemitism complaints

Later that day, Clubhouse announced that it had shut down groups that violated its anti-discrimination policies.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/04/2021
French President Emmanuel Macron visits Lebanon, September 2020

France's Macron calls for change in law following Sarah Halimi ruling

CRIF Jewish umbrella group seeks to raise awareness about Halimi in civil society, support efforts to change law.

Israeli-Americans, US Jews, celebrate Israeli Independence Day

The US-wide event featured Israeli food trucks, children's activities, chalk art murals, DJs, car parades and numerous other attractions.

On this day 78 years ago, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out

It was the first large-scale revolt by Jews during World War II.

Engaging Jewish teens to connect to a dream

“Jewish teens aren't involved in organizational life anymore,” says Russell F. Robinson, JNF-USA CEO.

By DARRYL EGNAL
19/04/2021

JFNA CEO on Independence Day: ‘Our communities rallied to support each other’

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Omri Nahmias with the president and CEO of Jewish Federations of North America Eric Fingerhut

10 Jewish graves vandalized in Belfast, Northern Ireland

According to local councilor Steven Corr, of the Sinn Fein Party, the incident is the latest in a series of vandalism acts at the cemetery.

Orthodox Union to launch grant program to return to synagogue life

The grants will be awarded to congregations who create innovative programs or services to encourage a return to congregants.

Fuel For Truth educates participants on how to have productive conversations about Israel

'The confidence to share Israel’s incredible story'

Fuel For Truth encourages dialogue, teaches young professionals how to have productive conversations about Israel.

By JD KREBS
17/04/2021

Long Island man indicted for crimes against Jews, LGBTQ people

When you're targeted based on your religion, that is an extremely isolating and scary feeling to have."

BENITO MUSSOLINI and Adolf Hitler ride in a car in Munich in June 1940

Australian company criticized for auctioning Hitler's personal items

The items themselves have attracted extremely high bids, with some even selling as high as $7,000.

Right-wing politician on Auschwitz museum board causes Historians to quit

Two historians joined Jewish philosopher Stanislaw Krajewski in resigning over what they called a form of “politicization” of the state museum.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/04/2021
Kalyan ensemble in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukharian 24-year-old aims for NYC’s City Council

“The community is very conservative,” the 24-year-old said in an interview on Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive.

By LAUREN HAKIMI/JTA
17/04/2021

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas to address J Street conference

J Street, a liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, is spearheading a bid to keep Biden to his promise of restoring US relations with the Palestinians.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/04/2021

Leader of anti-Zionist haredi group Neturei Karta dies from coronavirus

In 2006, Neturei Karta participated in a Holocaust denial convention in Tehran, and even earned the condemnation of the leader of the Satmar Hasidic sect, another anti-Zionist Orthodox group.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
17/04/2021
Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel

Steven Spielberg launches foundation to fund Jewish-themed documentaries

The organization, which starts with $2 million, will soon announce its first round of grantees, who will receive $500,000 in total this year.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/04/2021

Leila Khaled event planned at SFSU, disappears online

As of the time of publication, the Zoom registration link for the event, hosted by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program (AMED) at SFSU, is still active.

Jewish visitors pray in the synagogue in the village of Mad, Hungary, July 21, 2016. Picture taken J

Hasidic pilgrimage worries Hungarian villagers under COVID strain

Attendances have grown to more than 20,000 in recent years and the organisers had expected 100,000 people this year until the coronavirus pandemic struck.

By REUTERS
16/04/2021
MeToo protest in South Korea

For #MeToo transgressors, the only cure is banishment - opinion

There has been debate over the correct communal response to those accused of sexual misconduct and whether perpetrators should be pushed to the edges of a community.

By AVIGAYIL HALPERN/ JTA
16/04/2021
A view of Yeshiva University

Yeshiva U. plans to eliminate in-person Hebrew courses indefinitely

Lori Linzer, a Hebrew professor at the school, said the move would lower the quality of Hebrew language instruction at Y.U.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
16/04/2021
THE WINE grower caring for his vineyard.

Dutch shop fined for omitting 'settlement’ from label of Israeli wine

In 2015, the European Commission adopted regulations barring the labeling of products from areas it considers occupied by Israel as made in Israel.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/04/2021
Ancient synagogue mossaic

Ancient synagogue in Libya turned into Islamic center, Jewish group says

Libya once had about 40,000 Jews, who left following the establishment of the State of Israel.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/04/2021
University of Miami

Incorrect kosher meals served to Jewish Miami U. students on Passover

Miami University's Commons locations (dining halls) were not equipped with the correct kosher meals following a mistake from the food vendor.

CHRISTIAN SAUNDERS, acting Commissioner-General of the UNRWA Agency for Palestine Refugees, attends

UNRWA to Biden administration: ‘Zero tolerance’ for antisemitism

“UNWRA has made clear their rock-solid commitments to the United States on the issues of transparency, accountability, and neutrality in all its operations.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/04/2021

Isi Leibler: Unsung hero of the Jewish people's finest hour

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Playing first violin in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.

A Nazi's salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri.

FBI director says US far-right extremists traveled to network in Europe

Wray said some US far-right extremists had traveled to Europe to meet and possibly train with activists.

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Ilhan Omar's antisemitic comment was a rumor - fact check

Though rumors spread that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar made a racist statement, Reuters Fact Check found no evidence that she made the comment.

By REUTERS FACT CHECK
15/04/2021
 Blinken, Senate leaders address virtual event celebrating Israel Independence Day

Blinken, Senate leaders join Israel Independence Day virtual event

“I expect Israel's group of friends to grow even wider in the years ahead,” he said.

Why are so many North American Orthodox rabbis silent on aliyah?

In light of rising antisemitism in the US, the growing political divide, and mounting social unrest that seems to be sweeping the continent, this query only takes on added urgency.

Sarah Halimi was brutally murdered in her Paris home by Kobili Traore, who was not prosecuted becaus

France top court confirms Sarah Halimi murderer 'irresponsible' for taking cannabis

"This decision... potentially creates a precedent for all hate criminals to simply claim insanity – or decide to smoke, snort or inject drugs, or even get drunk, before committing their crimes."

Groups back bill that restricts Israeli spending of US aid

U.S. assistance to Israel, $3.8 billion a year, overwhelmingly goes to weapons systems.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/04/2021

Boston Jewish council report: Group that elevated supremacist stays

The report details Klein’s tweets before and after the complaint against him was filed in September.

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
15/04/2021

Auschwitz museum board appoints right-wing politician, Jewish leader quits

The Auschwitz state museum has largely stayed out of that debate and maintained its status internationally as a major site of preservation and research.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/04/2021

Future in question for Chicago Loop Synagogue and stained-glass window

The congregation’s president, Lee Zoldan, reports that the synagogue has enough cash assets in the bank to continue running comfortably for another year and a half.

By ALANNA E. COOPER/JTA
15/04/2021

Jewish community looks to weather the storm violence in Belfast streets

Michael Black, the community’s chairman, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last week that he hopes the violence will “peter out” soon.

By OLIVIA FLETCHER/JTA
15/04/2021

Netherlands antisemitism tally drops by 25% due to COVID-19 lockdowns

CIDI praised the government for its appointment in March of Eddo Verdoner, president of the Central Jewish Board, as the national pointman for fighting antisemitism.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/04/2021
A BOY wrapped with Israel’s national flag is seen during a parade marking Jerusalem Day last month o

Marching to Israel: How the March of the Living has inspired Aliyah

The online celebration will be broadcast on Independence Day at 8:00 PM Israel time/1:00 PM EDT, and features interviews with several alumni of the March of the Living who have moved to Israel.

1,500 rabbis blast ADL for calling Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson

Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of the Fox Corporation, wrote ADL that Fox News will not be firing Carlson over allegations that he endorsed “replacement theory,” a white supremacist conspiracy.

Disgraced financier, Ponzi scheme architect Bernie Madoff dies in prison

Madoff's thousands of victims, large and small, included individuals, charities, pension funds and hedge funds.

By REUTERS
14/04/2021

First organized delegation of American-Jewish leadership to arrive in May

RZA-Mizrachi hopes that this trip will send a message that when American Jews are comfortable traveling again, Israel should be their first destination.

Jewish Agency pays tribute to Egoz ship passengers on Remembrance Day

Some 44 Jews died aboard the Egoz, which tragically sunk in 1961 during a covert mission to rescue Moroccan Jews and bring them to Israel

Remembrance Day: My phone call from Joe Biden - reporter's notebook

David Jablinowitz writes about his surprise phone call on Tuesday night from US President Joe Biden during Remembrance Day.

By DAVID ZE’EV JABLINOWITZ
14/04/2021

European initiative tries to combat COVID-induced antisemitic conspiracies

More Jewish communities throughout Europe are reporting a surge in antisemitic rhetoric.

Meet Jewish Maryland lawmaker Shane Pendergrass

Pendergrass, who represents the town of Columbia and first elected in 1994, said she has a reputation in the chamber for outspokenness.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/04/2021

Here’s what locals love about living Jewishly in the desert

If Las Vegas is known as a place to have fun, its next-door neighbor Henderson — Nevada’s second-largest city — has become a prime destination for Jewish families.

By HOWARD RIELL/JTA
14/04/2021

Remembrance Day: Israelis in NY mourn fallen soldiers from afar

Consulate-General, Navah organization send stones to Israel to be placed on graves of loved ones

13/04/2021

Independence Day: US landmarks, buildings to light up blue and white

The initiative, as part of the Israeli-American Council's (IAC) "Celebrate Israel" festival, will honor the 73rd birthday of the Jewish state and last until Sunday.

HAREDIM GATHER near the Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in the South Williamsburg neighbor

FBI releases advertisement in Hebrew, Yiddish asking to report hate crimes

The use of both Yiddish and Hebrew can be seen as a direct call to address hate crimes against Jews in particular, as it appeals to the community as a whole.

Diaspora communities offered online Yom HaZikaron program by WZO

The program is offered by the World Zionist Organization and the Defense Ministry.

Yehuda Ben-Yishay, shown with wife Myrna, said that memory, attention and reasoning could be relearn

Israeli psychologist who pioneered treatment for brain trauma, dies at 88

Born in Romania and raised in Israel, Ben-Yishay served in the Israel Defense Forces. “People who are optimistic and benevolent are more malleable to treatment."

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
13/04/2021
Julian Edelman, a player on the National Football League.

Julian Edelman, star Jewish wide receiver for Patriots to retire

Edelman, now 34, has a Jewish father but was not raised in the religion. It was during his breakout campaign in 2013 that he identified as Jewish in an interview with the NFL Network.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
13/04/2021

How Holocaust survivors secured Israel’s future

March of the Living to hold online Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration 8:00 PM Israel Time/1:00 PM EDT

The poor man’s Passover prayer

Supreme Court lifts California restrictions on at-home religious gatherings

A Christian pastor and a group of others had asked the court to lift California’s restriction on at-home gatherings so they could host Bible study classes and prayer groups.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/04/2021
Malka Leifer

Witnesses to testify on accused sex abuser Malka Leifer

Leifer left Australia for Israel in 2008 when allegations were raised.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Survivors' grandchildren hold virtual ceremony

The nonprofit used this event to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust and reflected on rising antisemitism in the US.

UIUC

New unique living space opens for Jews at University of Illinois

The housing is being offered as Private Certified Housing through the university, a program that is unique to the midwestern state.

Jewish judge dead in hit-and-run by driver claiming to be Harry Potter

75-year-old Judge Sandra Feuerstein was killed in a hit-and-run in Boca Raton, Florida; while a six-year-old boy was injured.

New symbolic synagogue at Babyn Yar massacre site unveiled on Yom HaShoah

The synagogue was opened at a ceremony that included special prayers led by Ukraine & Kyiv Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich.

Neo-Nazi activist (illustrative)

'White Lives Matter' marches organized by white supremacists coming to US

The march was allegedly organized by white supremacists through Telegram, a popular social media and encrypted messaging application.

Brandeis University sign

Brandeis president signs renewal after dispute with university board

In March, the board of trustees had offered Liebowitz a one-year renewal that he argued would make it impossible to follow through on commitments to major donors and secure large gifts.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
10/04/2021
Rabbi Rachel Kahn Troster, T’ruah’s director of programs (left) and Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Truah’s execu

New York rabbis celebrate approval of $2.1 billion Excluded Workers Fund

The letter quoted The Torah to make its case, stating that "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.”

A church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, prays to a Star of David in a still from Maya Zinshtein's documen

Dutch philosopher calls Diaspora ‘blessing’, prevented Jews to have power

Hans Achterhuis, the first recipient of the prestigious and royally recognized title of “thinker of the Fatherland,” made the remarks in an interview on the role of religion in the modern state.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/04/2021

Marianne Steiner, 101, Holocaust survivor supported German Jewry research

“She had a lot of style,” he said. “She knew everyone. My friends who were much younger than she was, they loved her. She was the life of the party.”

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
10/04/2021

Accused Monsey stabber again found unfit to stand trial

Grafton Thomas, now 38, has already been declared unfit to stand trial multiple times.

By BEN SALES/JTA
10/04/2021

Polish ambassador marks Holocaust Remembrance at home of Israeli survivor

The ambassador and mayor gave Israel Yadlin a certificate of appreciation for his heroism as well as a birthday present.

California holds first experts hearing on ethnic studies graduation requirement

“Despite four revisions, the approved ethnic studies curriculum remains firmly rooted in Critical Ethnic Studies, a narrow conceptualization of the field that is politically- and activist-driven."

#ItStartedWithWords - Holocaust survivors fight social media antisemitism

As part of the campaign, the survivors recorded videos explaining how words eventually led to the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute

GOP lawmaker likens child mental health bill to Nazi laws

Cox said his mask had a picture from the Nuremberg trials printed on it, and compared the bill to the Nazis’ infringement on “the rights of parents.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/04/2021

Calling a woman a ‘JAP’ is offensive — but not for the reason you think

For those unaware, “jap” is a racial slur used against Japanese people. World War II-era America best showcases the dangers of this hateful word.

By IVY HUMBARGER/JTA
09/04/2021

'My kids have known about the Holocaust since before they could speak'

My job as JTA Europe correspondent isn’t helping me put distance from the genocide. Clearly I’m partly responsible for introducing my very young children to horrific facts.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/04/2021
Basketball

Miami’s Jewish community embraces NBA player following apology

In the weeks following Leonard’s video game slur, he has spent over 30 hours learning with Andrusier and working with organizations in the community.

By CALEB A. GUEDES-REED/JTA
09/04/2021
The poor man’s Passover prayer

Conservative Jews consider whether to make Zoom prayer permanent

Initially doing so at the start of the pandemic technically violated a 2001 decision by the Conservative movement’s Jewish law authority.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
09/04/2021
DETAILS ON a Jewish grave in Poland

Polish college calls lecturer’s antisemitism ‘scientific discourse’

An internal ethics panel made the decision not to take disciplinary action against Tadeusz Guz, a priest and faculty member at the Catholic University of Lublin.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
09/04/2021
Righteous Among the Nations, Lyubov Volchek, in Belarus

Milestone reached in establishment of home for Righteous Among the Nations

Within five weeks, the organization raised $17,000 online from over 250 donors and over $13,000 in other grants.

09/04/2021
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