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.

Jon Ossoff sworn into Senate holding historic book of Hebrew scripture

The Georgia victories made New York’s Chuck Schumer the first Jewish Senate majority leader as Harris would break any ties.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/01/2021

In LA and Arizona, coronavirus death surge overwhelms the Jewish community

California has the second-worst average daily infection rate among states at 101 per 100,000 people. Only Arizona is higher with 117 per 100,000.

By STEWART AIN/JTA
21/01/2021

Sheldon Silver not among Donald Trump’s last-minute pardons

Among the Jews who did make the cut were several whose crimes affected Jewish communities or who had the support of the Aleph Institute, an organization that works with Jews who are incarcerated.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
21/01/2021

After the Shoah: Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In an amoral world, political expediency eclipsed justice and reason.

By MONTY NOAM PENKOWER
20/01/2021
Sergio Berrenstein stands next to the statue of Elieser at the entrance to the Jewish cemetery

A Dutch Jewish cemetery has become a Black pilgrimage site

The visitors are almost all Black; none are Jewish.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021

Azeri Jews host charity event to honor victims of Black January

Besides the charity event, the Azeri Jewish community held a memorial service at the Ardabil mosque in Quba.

20/01/2021
Presidential candidate Kais Saied speaks after the announcement of results of presidential election

Tunisian president sorry for antisemitic remarks, rabbi says

"The President of Tunisia a few minutes ago called up the chief rabbi of Djerba, Rabbi Haim Bitan and apologized for his diatribe against the Jews, faulting them for unrest in the country."

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In Azerbaijan, Jewish soldiers poster children of Armenia war

“Of course I’m worried for them,” Isayev said about his former students and congregants serving in the army. “But I’m also incredibly proud of them.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021

Holocaust scholars sued for claiming mayor who saved Jew helped kill 22

The late mayor, Edward Malinowski, was acquitted in a trial after World War II of collaborating with Nazis in the town of Malinowo

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021
Thousands gathered for the wedding of the son of Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam, grand rabbi of a faction

Thousands attend Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn, many from Europe and Israel

The wedding is the latest example of the lack of compliance in Hasidic communities with protocols meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/01/2021
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Major Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III National Guard/Re

Joe Biden's day one: Two issues that have galvanized Jewish voters

Many will reverse the policies of the Trump administration. Biden will reportedly seek to rejoin the Paris climate accord, enact new measures aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/01/2021

Trump set to pardon Sheldon Silver, disgraced former NY Assembly speaker

likely be a mix of people that justice reform activists say have been wronged by the criminal justice system and figures who have paid intermediaries to lobby Trump for clemency, or whom Trump knows

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/01/2021

Long Island rabbi threatened after banning Jewish paper from synagogue

“You are aligning your behavior with the radical anti American Democrats who are now in full gear to destroy not only America, but who are poised to target Israel and all Jews,” the note read

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/01/2021
Jon Ossoff speaks in Stonecrest, Ga., Dec. 28, 2020. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Ossoff to swear in on Bible that helped propel him to victory

The Bible was once owned by Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who forged the alliance between Black and Jewish Georgians.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/01/2021

Fake letter attributed to VP Harris warns DC synagogues they must close

“Myself and President Joe Biden, will shut down your Synagogue of worship and place heavy fines upon your religious institution,” said the letter,

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/01/2021

Joe Biden blessed by Delaware rabbi before White House inauguration

Rabbi Michael Beals described Biden as "bashert" for the presidency.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/01/2021
‘THE SEVENTH Plague of Egypt’ (1823) by English Romantic painter John Martin

COVID-19: Jewish orgs launch platform studying plagues in Jewish history

The project is part of a larger initiative between the organizations to make an online Jewish learning hub.

19/01/2021

Biden could use this Bible verse, just like Washington and MLK

As Americans seek comfort and assurance after the raid on the Capitol and anxiously await their vaccines, Micah offers a redemptive vision.

By RABBI STUART HALPERN/JTA
19/01/2021
Islamic Relief Worldwide

US State Department cuts ties with IRW due to antisemitism allegations

Israel has designated IRW as a supporter of terrorist organizations.

Biden taps Rachel Levine, first trans person as assistant Health Sec.

The pick of Pennsylvania's top health official for a critical role during the raging COVID-19 pandemic continues Biden's pattern of selecting a historically diverse slate of leaders.

By REUTERS
19/01/2021

Irwin Cotler: Canada's special envoy for combating antisemitism

This article does not do justice to the remarkable achievements of this man.

By SIMONE COHEN SCOTT
19/01/2021
US DEPUTY SECRETARY of Homeland Se

Jewish groups urge quick confirmation for Biden Homeland security nominee

The Anti-Defamation League endorsed Mayorkas, also citing the urgency of the recent rise in extremist violence and singling out the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/01/2021

Hungarian Jewish community marks 76-years from the Holocaust online

Holocaust survivors, public figures and Hungarian celebrities participated in a unique 76 hours of online education marking the liquidation of the Budapest Ghetto.

Pathbreaking: Jew of color to lead diversity group Be’chol Lashon

Campbell, a veteran of Silicon Valley, was announced as the group’s new executive director last week, in a release timed to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
18/01/2021
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party

UK Jews feel welcome, optimistic after Corbyn's replacement - poll

The portion of British Jews who said they felt “unwelcome” in the United Kingdom fell from 53% last year to 18% in 2020.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/01/2021
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Ronson Family Foundation helps renovate Kfar Silver youth village

The Health and Education Ministry threatened to close down that part of the village due to its ruined state.

Democratic US Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock look on as they appear together

Hackers shut down synagogue website during MLK weekend sermon by Warnock

Hackers shut down an Atlanta synagogue’s live stream of Senator-Elect Raphael Warnock delivering a sermon to honor Martin Luther King, whose church he leads.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/01/2021

US, Moroccan NGO sign deal to fight all forms of antisemitism

“Agreement comes a dedication not only to honor the Jewish past in Morocco but to create a future of harmony and tolerance for all generations to come."

Music producer Phil Spector attends his murder trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007.

Phil Spector, famed producer, dies of COVID at 81

Jewish recording genius convicted of murder in 2003, spent final years in prison

California Jewish Community fighting to save American democracy

The coalition of Jewish entities urged the House leaders to publicly affirm their commitment to “the foundational elements of our democratic republic."

Sylvain Sylvain, Jewish guitarist for the New York Dolls, has died at 69

His Facebook page announced the news Thursday night. The rocker had been battling an unspecified form of cancer.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/01/2021
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during

In this Holocaust film, a Jewish inmate makes up a language to survive

"Persian Lessons" is based on a short story by the screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, who specializes in tragicomedies.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021
Antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish family house in the city center of Lyon in France.

Why are people fighting the IHRA definition of antisemitism?

Here’s what the IHRA definition says, why its supporters see it as a key for fighting Jew-hatred and why its critics are fighting it.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

Orthodox Jew in Capitol riots called 'left-wing' despite lack of evidence

The FBI has found no evidence of Antifa involvement in the mob, but the idea has taken root in many right-wing circles.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
16/01/2021

US Jews on edge from warnings of neo-Nazi violence ahead of inauguration

An FBI memo warned of armed protests at all 50 state capitol buildings starting this weekend to protest Biden becoming president.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

US Army discharges officer who made Holocaust joke on TikTok

Nathan Freihofer, a second lieutenant, has millions of followers on TikTok, where he posted a joke about the Holocaust last August.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

UC Riverside professor says Zionism ‘politically toxified our schools’

“A number of Zionist organizations want to convince us that Arab American Studies is ‘antisemitic.’ This is not only intellectually insulting but is also an inherently racist position,” he wrote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

‘Zoom bombers’ shout ‘Jews to the ovens’ at Holocaust book launch in Italy

The Anti-Defamation League recorded at least 11 antisemitic Zoom bombings in the United States and Canada in March and April alone alone.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

Complete Nuremberg Trials recordings online for the first time

This week, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum placed online more than 700 hours of audio recordings from the trials, as well as 37 reels of film introduced as evidence.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

Sheldon Adelson buried in Jerusalem on Friday

Praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "huge Jewish patriot," Adelson died on Monday from cancer.

By REUTERS
15/01/2021

Locals ski across graves at Buchenwald concentration camp

Memorial staff have increased security and called for locals to show respect and refrain from winter sports at the site of the camp.

House impeachment manager and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) sits in his seat read

Jerry Nadler brought ‘a babka and the constitution’ to impeachment hearing

C-SPAN caught Nadler carrying a bag from Zabar’s, the famed New York grocery store. The bold orange logo would be unmistakable to anyone familiar with it.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
15/01/2021
Coleen Dieker said the pandemic "forces us to create our own spiritual food and think: What is my Ju

Raised Catholic, Coleen Dieker sings in an Irish punk and Jewish band

Dieker, 31, doesn’t just play Jewish music. She’s in an Irish rock band called Flannigan’s Right Hook, and she can sing in Turkish and Spanish.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
15/01/2021
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US July

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has painful associations from ‘Camp Auschwitz’ T-shirt

“I’m happy that they’re [his parents] not seeing what’s going on now in the United States.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021

Top Biden civil rights nominee erred in inviting antisemitic author

Kristen Clarke says she erred in inviting an antisemitic author to speak while at Harvard.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021

92-year-old sex therapist Dr. Ruth got her COVID-19 vaccine in NYC

The 92-year-old applauded what she called the center’s “organized” rollout in a video uploaded to Twitter by an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday night.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
15/01/2021

SF federation monitor after sending funds to group backing Capitol siege

The group, Tea Party Patriots, denied the claim by March to Save America that it was a funder of the event.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

Man arrested after swastikas spray-painted on doors of Montreal synagogue

The synagogue is known internationally for nurturing, and burying, the legendary singer and poet Leonard Cohen.

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
15/01/2021

UCLA launches Center for American Jewish Music

The center “has the potential to become a national leader in the exploration of Jewish music.”

By TOM TUGEND
14/01/2021

WJC President Ronald Lauder speaks on passing of Sheldon Adelson

Lauder added that Adelson was optimistic about the State of Israel and its future and said, “He loved what Israel was doing, and he could not find fault with anything.”

'Jenin, Jenin': A modern day blood libel

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Weapons that were aimed for centuries at our forebears had been unearthed, and were now being aimed at us.

Ashkenazi, Lithuania FM slammed for not addressing ‘Holocaust distortion’

“This is like saying to Ku Klux Klan that they improve race relations in the US.”

Children’s book aims to teach ‘necessary message’ after Tree of Life shooting

The recently published children’s book by Cantor Steven Stoehr that aims to instill the importance of being a helpful and caring friend in addition to accepting those who are different.

By ANDREW GOLDSTEIN
14/01/2021

A reach into the dark for a long-lost friend after 55 years

‘Is this the home of Ladislav Kellner?’ I asked. ‘Yes,’ came the curt response, ‘but you can’t see him’

By CHARLES TICHO
14/01/2021
Two women, one wearing a tallit, blow the shofar amid the Capitol rioting, Jan. 6, 2021.

Meet the Jewish photographer who took photos of Capitol mob

But I came home to my partner, Ruth, and said ‘I’m OK, but I’m going to have a little PTSD stuff for a couple days.’

By SHIRA FEDER/JTA
14/01/2021

Our Heritage - How DNA tests led to a Holocaust family discovering lost past

A story of lost family, desperate searches, trails that went cold and ultimate reunification.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party

Ex-Labour head Jeremy Corbyn fights to overturn suspension

Corbyn to “unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation” apologize for the comments he made, so far he has not.

File photo of a Microsoft logo on an office building in New York

Microsoft's GitHub fires Jewish employee who posted about ‘Nazis’ at the Capitol

The Jewish employee allegedly posted on a company channel on Slack, that colleagues in the Washington, DC area should “stay safe homies, Nazis are about."

By BEN SALES/JTA
14/01/2021

Budapest's Jewish Quarter is being destroyed

A few days ago, news that one of the oldest houses in the Jewish district of Budapest will soon be demolished spread like wildfire on social media, sparking outrage.

By VINCENT VIZKELETY
14/01/2021
Restaurants switch from in-house eating to food delivery due to the coronavirus.

Food courier in France arrested for allegedly refusing to serve Jews

allegedly told staff from two kosher restaurants that he does “not serve Jews” and thus is canceling their order

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2021
yeshiva study

Hasidic man faces prison, lack of education used as leniency plea

It’s not the first time that advocates for a Hasidic Jew convicted of a crime have pointed out a defendant’s minimal secular education as part of a bid to reduce a prison sentence.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
14/01/2021
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Red crosses painted on Jewish homes in London

Shomrim, a Jewish security group, called the incidents an antisemitic “hate crime,” adding on Twitter that the perpetrator “appears to have used blood.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2021
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Yankelevitch plan to vaccinate Holocaust survivors abroad panned

Idea described as “total nonsense,” unimplementable, and politically motivated ahead of upcoming Israeli elections.

A man prays at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue

Steps Jewish institutions are taking to secure against possible attacks

That’s because earlier in the year, local Chabad leaders decided to reevaluate their security following an incident with a trespasser.

By ERIC BERGER/JTA
13/01/2021

Iancu Tucarman, Romanian Holocaust survivor, dies from COVID-19 at 98

Tucarman was among the 5,000 Jews brought to the police station, where nearly half were beaten to death or shot.

Israel to provide COVID vaccines for Holocaust survivors around the world

"We have the privilege to provide them with protection against the coronavirus. This is the moral order that every Jew carries in his heart - to make sure that they never walk alone."

Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

Gazans filmed skating with Palestinian flag through Jewish neighborhood

Antisemitic incidents against Antwerp Jews, notably by those from a Muslim background, are common.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/01/2021
Joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next U.S. president in the US Capitol

Brad Schneider among House lawmakers to contract COVID during Capitol riot

At least five deaths have resulted from the violence.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/01/2021
Yoni Appelbaum

The Capitol siege rattled him, yet Appelbaum is more worried about 2024

Hartman’s president, Yehuda Kurtzer, spoke with Yoni Appelbaum, the Atlantic’s Ideas editor, who also taught history and literature at Harvard University, Babson College and at Brandeis University.

By JTA
13/01/2021

Etsy removes ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt from its online store

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted at the e-commerce company, which sells customized craft items.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
13/01/2021
Chabad of Staten Island

Staten Island politician apologizes for yelling ‘Heil Hitler’ at a protest

Leticia Remauro, a Republican consultant running for borough president, was protesting the closing of a bar last month for violating coronavirus restrictions.

By BEN SALES/JTA
13/01/2021

Former synagogue east of London bought to become cultural space

The local Jewish community has all but disappeared in recent years in the Cliftonville area as part of a demographic reconsolidation of Jewish life in the United Kingdom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/01/2021
US REP. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez introduces Sen. Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally before the New H

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz fight on Twitter over Holocaust

“They wore Auschwitz shirts, erected gallows, and tried to hang the Vice President,” Ocasio-Cortez said of members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021

Portugal to open first Holocaust Museum

Neutral during the Second World War, Portugal accepted roughly 50,000 Jewish refugees, yet Lisbon largely ignored the painful lessons of the Holocaust until now.

Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview

Politicians, NGOs mourn the passing of Sheldon Adelson

"The US-Israel relationship is stronger today because of him."

Protesters climb the wall of the US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Capitol mob, Charlottesville mob, share playbook - they must be punished

Don’t be fooled: Much like with the Charlottesville attack, what happened at the Capitol was no accident.

By ROBERTA KAPLAN AMY SPITALNICK KAREN DUNN/ JTA
12/01/2021

FBI agents raid Brooklyn home of pelt-wearing Orthodox man in Capitol mob

The arrest comes amid a nationwide crackdown on the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building last week.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/01/2021
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.

Sheldon Adelson, Jewish self-made tycoon, passes away at 87

Sheldon Adelson was owner of Israel Hayom newspaper, CEO of Las Vegas Sands and a close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Republican Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall in Primghar, Iowa, U.S.

Steve King, Jeanine Pirro compare crackdown on far Right to Kristallnacht

Amazon, Apple and Google have all decided to ban the social media app Parler, which is popular among the far-right, from their platforms.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/01/2021
The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism attributed to BDS activist

Restaurants in Portland vandalized with 'free Palestine' graffiti

Ironically, neither of the restaurants vandalized considers itself exclusively Israeli.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey

Jewish activists yell out Holocaust denial tweets at home of Twitter CEO

“Why does Jack Dorsey continue to give Holocaust deniers and Jew-haters a bigger platform today than Hitler had in his time?”

Ukrainian rabbi listed in ranking of top 100 influential Ukrainians

Azman made the list because of the Jewish community's aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

12/01/2021

OU's Yachad raises $1.6 million to support those with disabilities

The Jewish organization announced that the donations came from over 2,500 people, and the funding will underwrite services and programs as well as scholarships for those with disabilities.

Food courier in France refuses to serve Jews, kosher restaurant owners say

Later in the day, a second kosher restaurant was also declined service by a Deliveroo employee, DNA reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021
Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Photo of antisemitic shirt at Capitol siege goes viral. Why was it wrong?

Each got one thing wrong: The picture wasn’t from that day.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/01/2021

Could America today face a similar fate to that of Nazi Germany?

Growing up, I always wondered how Germany, an epicenter of European culture in the 1930s, could become such a dark, hateful place.

By JULIAN VOLOJ/JTA
12/01/2021

Swastika graffiti painted on wall of Jewish cemetery near Auschwitz

The Nazis murdered three million non-Jews in Poland, in addition to three million Jewish Poles — half of all the Jews they had murdered throughout Europe.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021

Here are the 37 Jewish members of Congress

The lists here are in alphabetical order. Freshmen are noted.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021
Democratic US Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock look on as they appear together

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are a heroic new Black-Jewish duo

In a Twitter thread, Ossoff described his trajectory from a teenage intern for John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights hero who died last year, to US senator.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021

First Orthodox Jewish girl gets Eagle Scout, helps others during COVID-19

Currently in Israel, 19-years-old LA native Gabbi Stein won 29 badges before obtaining the highest rank the scouts have.

A family have breakfast outside their home at a Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen

UAE reunites two more Jewish Yemeni families split for decades

"I'm living a dream, not quite sure if it's a dream or reality," said one family member.

11/01/2021
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Yellow Star of David worn in Prague to protest the coronavirus vaccine

"The use of the Yellow Star of David in an anti-vaccination protest is a disgrace and an insult to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust."

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Capitol rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt identified as Virginia man

Some people who stormed the Capitol, including a West Virginia lawmaker, have been arrested.

By BEN SALES/JTA
11/01/2021
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