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.

Deborah Lipstadt
Jewish Book Council announces 2019 National Jewish Book Awards Winners

The Jewish Book Council just announced the winners of the National Jewish Book Awards Winners, now in its 69th year.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
19/01/2020
Villa Wannsee outside Berlin
New Holocaust exhibition to be held where the Final Solution was planned

In 1942, Nazi leaders met in a mansion in Wannsee, Berlin, to plan the Final Solution. 78 years later, a permanent exhibition shows the details of the conference and adds new research findings.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
19/01/2020
‘Banners of Hate’ placed by US white supremacist groups
White supremacist social network site exposed

One particularly infamous aspect of the site is the option for users to send each other pro-Nazi GIFs, animations and emojis.

19/01/2020
eligious leader Louis Farrakhan gives the keynote speech at the Nation of Islam Saviours' Day.
Twitter suspends and later reinstates Louis Farrakhan's account

Other social media sites have blocked or removed Farrakhan's profiles before, including Facebook in May 2019, due to antisemitic and homophobic rhetoric.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/01/2020
Two bills signed in New Jersey to fight against antisemitism

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills on Wednesday to counter the rise of antisemitism and hate crimes.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
19/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds an event to announce new guidance on constitutional prayer in publ
Florida student: The other kids drew swastikas on my arms

A Florida student has told US President Donald Trump of the antisemitic abuse she suffered at middle school, as he signed an executive order protecting prayer in schools.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
19/01/2020
Chelsea soccer club unveils mural with Jewish players killed at Auschwitz

The mural was unveiled Wednesday on a wall outside of the West Stand at Stamford Bridge and is part of Chelsea’s Say No to Antisemitism campaign

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/01/2020
YOUNG HOLOCAUST survivors arrive at the Atlit detainee camp, 1945.
Holocaust survivors won't be around to speak soon, now it's our turn

As International Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches, together we must remind ourselves and others why 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis

19/01/2020
Haredi soldiers celebrate the Siyum HaShas

This particular "Siyuum" however, was made in special mention of the Haredi soldiers in the IDF.

By OMRI RON
19/01/2020
A participant burns an Israeli flag mockup during a protest to condemn Washington's decision to reco
Germany's Left Party blocks ban on burning of Israeli flag

The party claimed that a ban would contravene free speech.

A RIVER runs through the northern highlands of Vietnam.
A Shabbat-friendly Vietnam

This was destined to be a journey that would either strengthen or destroy the bond we always had.

By KEN GRUBER
18/01/2020
How the Women’s March made itself irrelevant

There are plenty of reasons why I — and many other feminists — question the relevancy of the 2020 Women’s March that have nothing to do with antisemitism or anti-Zionism.

By EMILY SHIRE/JTA
18/01/2020
Dutch resistance hero wants to give Jewish fighters overdue recognition

Though Selma van de Perre is Jewish, the resistance had given her a false identity. Passing for Aryan was the only thing that kept her from the gas chamber.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/01/2020
For first time, Ukrainian Parliament marks int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

"I am proud to stand here today and to affirm that I, Jonathan, carry on the name of my great-grandfather who was burned in this land just because he was a Jew!” Rabbi Markovich said in his address.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
A World War Two memorial of mass killings on the banks of the Danube River is seen in Budapest, Febr
Pain still acute as Hungary's Jews mark liberation of Budapest ghetto

Budapest today boasts a large and vibrant Jewish community, but antisemitism remains a persistent problem. Nearly 20% of people dislike Jews, according to a 2018 CNN poll.

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
Pizza (illustrative)
NJ pizzeria fired manager for antisemitic text over Rosh Hashanah

The family that owns Maurizio’s Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante in Eatontown, New Jersey, also has apologized to the teen who worked as a pizza delivery driver.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/01/2020
Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew”
Antisemitic vandal paints, photographs swastika in Nebraska synagogue

The graffiti discovered on Wednesday morning on the South Street Temple was drawn in orange spray-paint

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/01/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
LA county condo owner ordered to remove antisemitic, hateful material

The signs on the second floor condo also threaten Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/01/2020
italian police
Italian police arrest suspect in videoed antisemitic vandalism - watch

The suspect was accused of breaking two windows “for the purposes of ethnic-religious hatred,” police said.

By JTA STAFF
17/01/2020
This Jewish blogger will soon have traveled to every country

The last five countries he has yet to visit are Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Jamaica and Palau.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
17/01/2020
united airlines
Rabbi officiates bar mitzvah aboard United Airlines flight – watch

“He remarked that he knows the Shema, and says it sometimes, but he said he is 44 years old and had never put tefillin on in his life,” Rabbi Kalman Weinfeld explained.

17/01/2020
DC’s 'Harley Quinn' fights off allegations of antisemitism

The petition also accused three of DC’s comic creators of antisemitism after they reportedly referred to the character Sy Borgman as being “Half man, Half Jew."

19/01/2020
A crucial message to the Holocaust Forum is needed

Tens of heads of state will come to Jerusalem to participate in the Fifth Holocaust Forum.

NFL player’s great advice if you receive ‘chicken’

‘Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth’ – Ernest Hemingway

By AARON KATSMAN
16/01/2020
Italy’s Salvini, accused of insensitivity to antisemitism, combats it

The Italian opposition leader lamented: “We have an EU that denies its Judeo-Christian roots and labels Israeli products, a UN that in 2018 condemned Israel with 18 resolutions."

World leaders converge on Jerusalem to send a message against antisemitism

Next week’s arrival of leaders from 46 countries aims to send a powerful message against antisemitism. But will it be clouded by current events and long-standing feuds?

Protesters hold placards and flags during a demonstration, organised by the British Board of Jewish
UK's Robert Jenrick to 'Post': Gov't to take strong action against BDS

Next week, Jenrick will travel to Jerusalem together with Prince Charles to attend the Holocaust ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

16/01/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Florida Democrat: Calling Israel an apartheid state isn't antisemitism

William Byatt, a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, refused to back down from the comments, expressing surprise over criticism.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
16/01/2020
Guns at synagogue: New white paper explains how to arm and not arm

In the paper, SCN recommends that if armed guards are going to be employed, highly trained on- or off-duty law enforcement officers are the best option.

THE CORE of the increasingly brazen acts of hate actually does not derive from white supremacists.
Crisis and clarity - to make Aliyah or not

This column – as its name clearly indicates – has always attempted to say, In Plain Language, exactly what I feel ought to be said.

Munich's New Town Hall, which hosts the city government including the city council, offices of the m
Anti-war activists disinvite Jewish councilor, sparking antisemitism row

Munich City Council member Marian Offman was due to give the opening remarks at an anti-war event, but was disinvited, organizers claim due to his opposition to BDS.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
16/01/2020
RABBI SHLOMI TABIB lights Hanukkah candles at Taipei 10
Torah topics in Taipei

There are only three certainties in life – death, taxes... and the presence of a Chabad House anywhere in the world you happen to be.

By Uriel Sturm
16/01/2020
Boris Lozhkin.
A Jewish businessman in Ukraine

‘Ukraine and Israel are very close, both historically and in terms of mentality’

Brajtbord administers a shot of gardasil, a Human Papillomavirus vaccine, to a 14-year old patient i
Anti-vaxxers post hundreds of fake posters against NY HPV vaccine mandate

The posters claimed that the New York state legislature would vote "TODAY" on a law requiring girls to be vaccinated for Human papillomavirus (HPV).

16/01/2020
Virginia man charged of targeting Jews and minorities by fake bomb threats

John William Kirby Kelley of Vienna was charged Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/01/2020
The New York Public Library
Jewish author Ezra Jack Keats' book is most checked in NY public library

Published in 1962, “The Snowy Day” tells the story of a young boy named Peter who experiences the magic of freshly fallen snow in the streets of his urban neighborhood

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
16/01/2020
Climate change
500 rabbis and Jewish leaders call for action against climate change

The letter released earlier this month was signed by rabbis and leaders spanning the denominational spectrum

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
16/01/2020
Gladys Bourdain, who helped launch her chef son’s career, dies at 85

Anthony Bourdain wrote an expose on life in the restaurant business but had trouble getting it published. His mom tried to help

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/01/2020
Antisemitic incidents decreased by 27% in Ukraine in 2019

A report published Monday that it has documented 66 antisemitic incidents in 2019 compared to 90 in the previous year

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2020
The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.
Maine posthumously pardons a framed Jewish attorney after he was framed

Donald Gellers' legal victories exposed the state’s abuses of the Passamaquoddy tribe and who state authorities framed as part of a conspiracy

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/01/2020
Marc Maron's ‘Finding Your Roots’ preview clip hints at tragic history

The next episode of “Finding Your Roots” delves into the family histories of actor Jeff Goldblum, NPR host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
16/01/2020
Jewish organization says it 'stands with the Iranian people'

"We stand with the Iranian people as they engage in peaceful protest against the oppression of Iran’s extremist regime."

16/01/2020
Jewish astronomer is the first woman to have observatory named after her

Best known for discovering evidence of dark matter, this pioneering scientist died in 2016 at age 88

By ARIELLE KAPLAN/JTA
16/01/2020
Box resembling fake homemade bomb placed outside Amsterdam kosher eatery

The restaurant in recent years has been the target of multiple incidents, including damage to the windows and the pelting of its façade with eggs.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2020
A school bus used for transporting New York City public school students is seen driving down 135th a
Most antisemitic attacks in New York are performed by young people

Given that the young hold the most responsibility for such crimes, some have turned to education as the solution for them

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2020
Yad Vashem denies WJRO presence at 75th anniversary of Auschwitz event

"The event plan does not include specific discussions on various other important topics in which Yad Vashem deals with on a day to day basis."

By JOSH ARONSON
19/01/2020
York University reinstates pro- and anti-Israel student groups

The clashes took place during an event featuring IDF reservists

By OMRI RON
16/01/2020
Dr. Moshe Kantor, President  of the European Jewish Congress and the World Holocaust Forum
Dr. Moshe Kantor brings world leaders to Yad Vashem to fight antisemitism

Over 45 world leaders will gather in Yad Vashem on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz for the event “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism".

15/01/2020
Victor Gollancz
Victor Gollancz’s attempt to stop the Holocaust

In 1943, Victor Gollancz attempted to stop the Holocaust by publishing his pamphlet "Let my people go". He describes the genocide against the Jews and encourages readers to take actions

By RAYMOND S. SOLOMON
15/01/2020
The Jewish genius
Lebrecht's book shares stories of Jews who changed the world

In his book "Genius and Anxiety", Norman Lebrecht shares the stories of Jews whose lives and achievements have made a difference to the world between 1894 and 1947.

The Dirshu siyum at Yad Eliyahu
Dirshu holds Torah programs across the globe

Dirshu allows over 150,000 people to study Torah over the world. From December 2019, the organization planned 11 Siyum HaShas from Israel, to France, to South Africa, to England.

By ANSHEL ARFE
15/01/2020
David Dangoor
250 rare biblical texts go online, making them available around the globe

David Dangoor discusses his latest project – the online publication of 250 rare religious writings that ‘form the bedrock of our civilization’

17/01/2020
De Haan’s ‘Old Man with Tallit’ 2
Meijer de Haan, Gauguin’s Jewish protégé.

The Jewish heritage of Meijer de Haan, artist and Gauguin's protégé, is finally revealed.

By ROBERT HERSOWITZ
15/01/2020
The writer, then a director of a UK cancer charity, meets its patron, Prince Charles, in 1994
Prince Charles comes to Israel amid royal storm

Prince Charles is scheduled to attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Šeduva – The lost shtetl is found
Jewish life in Lithuania before the Holocaust

The project Lost Shtetl tells the story of Jewish Shadeve: "I want to showcase the dazzling vibrancy and richness of Lithuanian-Jewish life before the Holocaust".

By LARRY BUTCHINS
15/01/2020
Boys at the Children’s Home of Tehran, with the author’s father, Hannan, standing fifth from the lef
Tehran Children: A 13,000-mile journey to escape the Nazis

In her book, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey, Mikhal Dekel retraces the journey of her father, Hannan, who escaped the Nazis, including by taking refuge in Iran.

By DAVID ISAACSON
17/01/2020
Deli owner hanged himself after forced to paint over kosher sign

The rabbis of the Manchester Rabbinical Court made Kaye paint over the sign identifying the store as kosher.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/01/2020
Secret Hitler board game removed from 3 Montreal stores

It remains available on Amazon, which calls it a “fast-paced game of deception and betrayal” with “beautiful wooden components” and “Hidden roles and secret envelopes for five to ten players.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/01/2020
Visitors at an exhibition, look at Nazi flags and banners bearing Swastikas, at Yad Vashem World Hol
Australian woman flies Nazi flag from her home, angering neighbors

The flag features a large swastika in the center surrounded by several other Nazi-related symbols.

By HENRY BENJAMIN/JTA
15/01/2020
Nazi Swastika
Slovenian court voids Nazi collaborator’s treason conviction

“We were shocked and deeply concerned to learn about the decision,” the JCC’s director, Robert Waltl, wrote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/01/2020
South Dakota governor signs executive order prohibiting Israel boycotts

South Dakota is the 28th state to have enacted an anti-Israel boycott executive order or legislation.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/01/2020
Monsey one of 2 NY towns to get funding for high-speed security cameras

A license plate reader, which contains a high-speed camera, was used to find and arrest the man accused of stabbing at least five people in an attack last month on a rabbi’s home in Monsey.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/01/2020
Stephen Miller
Jewish groups again call for Stephen Miller to quit

Among the 15 Jewish groups that signed are the Anti-Defamation League, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Reform and Reconstructionist movements.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2020
Accused synagogue arsonist Hassan Diab enters a Parisian courthouse, January 2018
Former professor sues Canada for extradition over synagogue bombing

Diab, who taught sociology at the University of Ottawa, spent three years in a Paris jail before his release due to compelling evidence that he was in Beirut, Lebanon, at the time of the bombing.

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
15/01/2020
Buenos Aires
First Reform rabbinical school in Buenos Aires ordains its first rabbi

Elman is the first rabbi to be ordained by the Ibero American Institute for Rabbinical Education of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or WUPJ, in Buenos Aires.

By JTA STAFF
15/01/2020
Actor
‘Uncut Gems’ puts age-old Jewish stereotypes front and center

“Uncut Gems” is a critically acclaimed Diamond District thriller that depicts a series of age-old negative tropes about Jews.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
15/01/2020
New York Police Department by the Fifth Avenue Synagogue
NYPD officer yells 'You F'in Jews' at Hasidic father and son in Boro Park

The officer yelled the comments while driving by the two and drove off laughing.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/01/2020
A United Airlines passenger jet taxis at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. Dece
Frequent flyers vent frustration over United Airlines reward reforms

Changes to United Airlines frequent-flyer loyalty program have left many Israelis threatening to take their custom elsewhere.

14/01/2020
Albert Einstein at his office, University of Berlin, 1920; how many Einsteins were lost in the Holoc
A new way to battle antisemitism

How it really is! World culture and European civilization owe an immense debt to the Jews of Europe before 1939. Those achievements should be highlighted to combat modern antisemitism.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (center) attends the March of the Living on May 2, 2019
Fighting Antisemitism today: Learning from the Holocaust

In the context of rising antisemitism, lessons from the Holocaust cannot be forgotten.

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog (left) is seen shaking hands with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos
Herzog to Greek PM: Iran's 'dark axis' threatens Middle East, world peace

“Cyprus and Greece are your strategic partners in the fight against antisemitism," Photiou told Herzog after the summit. "We support you unconditionally and will always, always stand by your side.”

14/01/2020
Fight against antisemitism goes viral with ‘Stop this Story’ campaign

Bar Refaeli, Dr. Ruth, The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby, President Reuven Rivlin helping spread message against global resurgence of Jew hatred

Muslim man convicted for assaulting Jewish optician in France

French judge convicted a Muslim man of a hate crime for assaulting a Jewish optician while shouting about Allah.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2020
JERSEY CITY police work at the scene the day after an hours-long gun battle with two men around a ko
Suspects in Jersey City shooting attack had powerful bomb in van

"If it exploded in the right place, it could have certainly injured or killed people up to five football fields away."

14/01/2020
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign
Bernie Sanders proud to be Jewish, not 'actively involved' in religion

The Vermont senator goes on to say that he believes in God and in freedom of religion, contrasting himself with President Donald Trump, whom Sanders says practices discrimination.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/01/2020
'Kill a Jew' graffiti found at a university in South Africa
Antisemitic graffiti saying 'Kill all Jews' found at Brooklyn high school

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

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/01/2020
An illustrative photo of Hasidim walking in Brooklyn, New York.
Security cameras to be installed in haredi neighborhoods in Brooklyn

The neighborhoods slated to get the cameras are Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/01/2020
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver  star in ‘Marriage Story’
Oscars nominations 2020: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson snag nods

Israeli documentary and Adam Sandler both snubbed.

A man holds a sign outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, New York, U.S., December 29
Monsey stabbing attack suspect pleads not guilty to federal charges

One of the suspects in that attack - who died in the shooting - had also expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelites.

By REUTERS
13/01/2020
Julian Edelman at NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots Press Conference
Jewish American football star Julian Edelman arrested for vandalism

The New England Patriots wide receiver is accused of having jumped on the hood of a car, causing damage.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/01/2020
Billionaire investor George Soros speaks to the audience at the Schumpeter Award in Vienna, Austria
George Soros named philanthropist of the year

The Open Society Foundations founder has been picked as Inside Philanthropy's 2019 Philanthropist of the Year.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
13/01/2020
Sign with Battle-Scarred Wall - Ninth Fort - Nazi Genocide Site - Kaunas - Lithuania
Lithuanian Jews concerned over possible Holocaust legislation

Lithuanian government ‘shares concerns’ of Jewish community over proposed Holocaust law

Abu Dhabi skyline from marine
First Jewish circumcision ceremony held in the United Arab Emirates

The ceremony was for the child of a Jewish couple who moved to Abu Dahbi for work.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/01/2020
UK Labour needs to do more to rebuild ties with Jewry - Board of Deputies

The Board of Deputies released a list of “Ten Pledges” Labour needs to adopt to heal its relationship with the Jewish community, which became greatly strained under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

TRANSPORTATION MINISTER Israel Katz (right) and Ambassador Zhan Yongxin of China
'Harry Potter' fends off foreskin question

Margoyles, who is Jewish and worked with Radcliffe when she played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, is known for her potty mouth and fans love her for it.

Jewish representatives, Ukrainian authorities deny 'pogrom' in Uman

Early reports described a nightmarish situation with Ukrainians running throughout the city armed with knives and clubs looking for Jews.

By AARON REICH , LEON SVERDLOV
13/01/2020
Rabbi Kirt Schneider with his new payos.
Messianic Jewish leader encourages millions of followers to support Jews

Kirt Schneider, host of 'Discovering the Jewish Jesus,' has encouraged millions of followers to display Jewish symbols in an act of solidarity with the Jewish people.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
12/01/2020
FRENCH POLICE OFFICERS stand guard outside the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris on January 10, 2015
French Jews commemorate 5th anniversary of Hyper Cacher murders

Several hundred people attended a ceremony commemorating the fifth anniversary of the murder of four Jews at a Paris kosher supermarket by a jihadist.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
12/01/2020
Daan Roosegaarde with a former artwork
Dutch artist’s Holocaust display shines light to commemorate murdered Jews

Daan Roosegaarde’s “Light of Life” project features dark spaces with stones that light up briefly.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2020
Kosher kitchen donates meals to firefighters tackling bushfires

The kitchen has been hosting upward of 200 volunteers per day in two shifts as Australia battles the worst bush fires in its history.

By HENRY BENJAMIN/JTA
12/01/2020
It’s time to call violent antisemitism what it is: domestic terrorism

As American Jews grapple with how to combat rising hatred and bigotry, one thing is clear: The perpetrators of antisemitic violence must be brought to justice.

12/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
The Iran Flare-Up, Winners and Losers Edition

A round-up of the latest Jewish political news.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2020
The historic, newly-renovated synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt.
Magnificent synagogue restored in Alexandria, but only three Jews show up

Since 1948 and Israel’s establishment, the Jewish community in Egypt dwindled, and the synagogue fell into neglect.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/01/2020
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