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.

Emergency Medical Technicians wearing protective gear wheel a sick patient to a waiting ambulance du
Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn fight COVID-19 and antisemitism

This is ‘perhaps one of the most significant challenges our community has faced since the Holocaust’

Old part of the Jewish cemetery of La Tablada, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina's first Jewish coronavirus death is cremated, sparks controversy

Cremation of the dead is not allowed under religious Jewish law.

By JTA STAFF
29/03/2020
Alfred Landecker Foundation donates 1 m. Euros to aid Holocaust survivors

Holocaust survivors are made more vulnerable to the virus due to their age, and given the trauma they've experienced are also made more susceptible to mental health issues due to prolonged isolation.

By CELIA JEAN
29/03/2020
NYC Mayor to synagogues: Close for coronavirus or be shut down permanently

"I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faith in this time of crisis. But we do not need gatherings that will endanger people."

By CELIA JEAN
29/03/2020
Israeli Americans are eligible for stimulus checks tax attorney tells Post

Each person seeking the relief must have a US social security number, and the deadline for the US to provide the money is the end of 2020.

Coronavirus quarantine as a reminder of the past

Here the coronavirus reminds us of the plagues of old – they were severe but then they were over. Our plague has no end in sight so we will be quarantined for a long time.

By DAVID GEFFEN
28/03/2020
Coronavirus shutdown forces Pennsylvania JCC to lay off 176 employees

Its 178 employees were sent home for at least two weeks. Krulik, the center’s CEO, acknowledged that they had entered a “challenging and unpredictable time.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
28/03/2020
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the dean of the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbinical school dean participates in experimental coronavirus treatment

Nevins was tested for the coronavirus on March 12 and a week later got back a positive result. A week after that, he was tested again. Friday morning, he got the result: All clear.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
29/03/2020
Stones placed in remembrance lie on grave tablets on the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetary as the sun
Grieving my husband prepared me for this pandemic

There is one word to describe the feeling that is overtaking the world now: grief.

By SARI KHAN/JTA
28/03/2020
Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello del
Italian artist accused of antisemitism for new painting of blood libel

The painting is very detailed, showing a group of hook-nosed Jews with peyot and yellow, uneven teeth strangling the child and draining his blood.

27/03/2020
Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren's foundation to donate $10m. to those affected by coronavirus

The company he founded will continue to pay its workers through the pandemic and will manufacture gowns and masks for medical workers.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
27/03/2020
Fantastics' owner, 76ers partner, to make millions of medical masks, gowns

“We’re fortunate to have this giant factory in Pennsylvania that makes all these baseball jerseys.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
27/03/2020
For Italian Jews, the ‘smell of death’ is all around

Isolated and worried, thousands of Italian Jews have turned to their communal media and institutions for a lifeline and sense of solidarity.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
27/03/2020
German magazine stokes ‘antisemitism’ against Israel amid coronavirus

Spiegel said Israelis couldn’t protest, Netanyahu created ‘Corona dictatorship’

Jewish man told 'you're spreading coronavirus,' asked to leave store

"You’re spreading the virus, you gotta go," said the Johnstons Toyota employee.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/03/2020
Another take on the world post-Holocaust

The author, or at least the main character in his book, is obsessed with a woman and spends most of the book whining about her.

By AARON LEIBEL
26/03/2020
Silver Center for Arts and Science, New York University
NYU slams ex-SJP president for 'callous' tweet about coronavirus victim

Aryeh Even, an 88-year-old Israeli Holocaust survivor, died last week. He was the first Israeli fatality due to the virus.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow at the Great Hall of
Harvard University’s Jewish president, has the coronavirus

Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow and his wife Adele Fleet Bacow have tested positive for the coronavirus.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
26/03/2020
British Jews
Jews make up 5% of coronavirus deaths in the UK

Jews make up just 0.3% of the population in the United Kingdom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
26/03/2020
Yeshiva University Maccabees in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament
YU men’s basketball team made history — until coronavirus ended the season

'There was no sting of defeat, there was no glory of victory, it was just kind of this, like, blank screen, and an emptiness — wondering what could have been.'

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
26/03/2020
Jewish men attend morning prayer as they keeping distance from one another as part of measures to pr
Jewish federations establish coalition to combat coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted the Jewish community, forcing many communal institutions such as schools and synagogues to shut down.

25/03/2020
Meet the 25-year-old Jew who plans to unseat Jerry Nadler

The man’s name: Jonathan Herzog. His age: 25, and he says he thinks he can be the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016
London rabbis loosen kashrut rules for Passover due to coronavirus

The Kashrut Division of the court developed the list, titled “Product guidelines in extremis,” from an array of basic goods to help quarantined families

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/03/2020
A man wearing a protective face mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus walks past the Duomo Cat
In Milan, a 54-year-old father of 4 dies of coronavirus

Dozens eulogized the 54-year-old Sinigaglia on the website’s article about his death following several days of fever and respiratory distress

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/03/2020
Orthodox Jews walk along Whitehall in central London
Yehuda Yaakov Refson, a senior rabbi in England, dies of coronavirus

Refson was the seniormost emissary of the Chabad movement in Leeds and headed the regional rabbinical court since 1976.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/03/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar during the World Holo
Coronavirus hits Moscow synagogue, congregation told to self-isolate

Rabbi Gershon Lisus, 36, is in the hospital in stable but serious condition. He attended several communal events at the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue,

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/03/2020
1936 Berlin Olympics
Oxfam removes antisemitic ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ from store

“The Protocols” is a fabricated antisemitic text describing a Jewish plan for global domination. It was first published in Russia in 1903.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/03/2020
A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR holds the hand of his granddaughter during the annual ‘March of the Living’ at
Rabbi Romi Cohn, Holocaust survivor and rescuer, dies of coronavirus at 92

In January, Cohn, known as Romi, delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/03/2020
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Second Step
Larry Rasky, Biden confidante and Boston-area Jewish leader, dies at 69

Rasky served for more than three decades as an active board member of the New England Anti-Defamation League

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
25/03/2020
A vendor sells cheese during a weekly market in Volendam near Amsterdam
What the Netherlands' lax guidelines for coronavirus could mean for Jews

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has essentially argued that social distancing will only prolong the disastrous effects of the virus.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/03/2020
Department of Communications and Public Affairs, Yeshiva University
YU, NCSY embrace virtual programming amid coronavirus outbreak

After becoming the first university in the US to have a student test positive for the novel coronavirus, YU recently finished its first week of fully online studies.

24/03/2020
University student union president elect despite past antisemitic acts

He shared photos of himself dressed in striped pajamas, with a prisoner number on his chest on instagram, captioned, "In dire need of a shower after last night’s social #gassed.”

By CELIA JEAN
24/03/2020
AJC executive director David Harris.
AJC encourages acts of kindness during coronavirus outbreak

People and organizations are encouraged to participate in the #BeAMensch initiative by sharing their inspiring stories of kindness and good deeds on social media.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/03/2020
Woody Allen on July 17, 2014
Woody Allen’s memoir published 2 weeks after dropped by original publisher

Financial details of the Oscar-winning director’s deal with Arcade were not released, according to AP, and it is not known whether it will be released in Europe.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/03/2020
Last German recognized as righteous gentile for Holocaust heroism dies

Gertrud Steinl, who was recognized by Yad Vashem in 1979 as a Righteous Among the Nations, died a day before her 98th birthday.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/03/2020
jewish ritual bath (mikve)
Rabbi among 3 arrested for operating a mikvah in Buenos Aires

They were arrested after Argentina ordered all synagogues closed last Friday as part of a strict crackdown on gatherings to combat the spread of the coronavirus

By JTA STAFF
24/03/2020
Packages of Passover Matzos sit in the window of a store on the lower east side of New York
Plenty of kosher for Passover food available, OU certification agency says

'Despite the long lines and panic shopping taking place at grocery stores around the country, there is an abundance of kosher food available for the upcoming holiday.'

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/03/2020
In Paris, a pillar of Jewish education dies from the coronavirus

Rabbi Andre Touboul led Beth Hanna, a Jewish institution of some 1,500 students

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/03/2020
VOLUNTEERS PREPARE food packages for the needy ahead of Passover at a Kolel Chabad center
Coronavirus: UJA gives $23m. in grants, loans to help New Yorkers

UJA Federation of New York's financial aid will help organizations respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their work.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
24/03/2020
Thousands of people came together digitally Friday night to bring in Shabbat as part of the Israeli-
IAC’s Shishi Israeli Event featuring David Broza Attracts Nearly 4,000

Thanks to modern technology, nearly 4,000 people were able to celebrate Shabbat together despite a nearly global policy of “social distancing” due to the spread of COVID-19.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/03/2020
Page of 1936 City Directory from Washington, DC featuring Justice Louis Brandeis.
Israeli company offers customers glimpse into the lives of their ancestors

MyHeritage, which currently specialises in DNA testing and genealogy, is set to offer information on the day to day lives of people's ancestors in the US.

Youth wave Israeli flags outside the WZO
Shift in power in WZO elections from progressive Left to religious Right

Eretz Hakodesh, whose platform does not use the words ‘Zionist’ or ‘State of Israel,’ and which says that voting in the WZO ‘is not an endorsement of anything the WZO was or is,’ comes in third.

Two Orthodox Jews die of coronavirus in London, another succumbs in Paris

Rabbi Ze’ev Willy Stern, a Holocaust survivor, was 86 when he died over the weekend. One of his children is in the hospital and receiving intensive care for complications connected to the virus.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/03/2020
The Brener Synagogue in Moisés Ville, Argentina
Synagogues in Argentina close due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Synagogues throughout Argentina closed beginning on Friday as part of a “preventive and compulsory” total lockdown of the country through at least March 31 to stem the spread of coronavirus.

By JTA STAFF
23/03/2020
Six Orthodox groups issue call for observance of social distancing rules

In a powerful joint statement, the leaders of six major American Orthodox Jewish organizations called on their members to follow social distancing rules.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/03/2020
Classic antisemitic allegations arise over coronavirus, says gov't report

Anti-Israel and far-right, white supremacist groups all involved in inciting antisemitic hatred around coronavirus

A woman with perfect teeth chews on a lollipop
Argentine president exempts the Tooth Fairy from coronavirus quarantine

The exemption was made in response to a question from a seven-year-old boy.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/03/2020
How the coronavirus is affecting a Jewish mother in Budapest

Hungary, which has about 100,000 Jews, mostly living in Budapest, had 73 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one death as of Friday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/03/2020
Trump nominates think tank chief, DC Jewish leader as ambassador to Japan

Kenneth Weinstein is the president of the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/03/2020
The real reasons coronavirus is spreading in my Hasidic community

Shutting down synagogues and schools inevitably brings up dark memories in a community that consists primarily of descendants of Holocaust and persecution survivors.

By MEYER LABIN/JTA
21/03/2020
China rabbi says synagogue shutdowns shielded congregants from coronavirus

“Throughout all the 13 Chabad houses in China and Hong Kong, not one community member contracted this virus," said Shimon Freundlich, a Chabad emissary in Beijing.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/03/2020
Antwerp Jewish
Antwerp Jewish community braces for 85% coronavirus infection rate

A fifth of the community, or about 3,400 people, will require hospitalization and 10%, or 1,700 of the members, will reach a critical medical condition, according to the estimate.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/03/2020
At wake of coronavirus, Los Angeles streets empty of people

Schools, freeways, and iconic streets empty of people as COVID-19 changes life around the world.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/03/2020
Neo-Nazi groups commemorate the "Day of Honor"r
German police conduct nationwide raid on neo-Nazi Reichsbürger movement

Police found on the premises numerous firearms and neo-Nazi propaganda, as raids occurred in 10 of the 16 states comprising Germany.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/03/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Chabad Hebrew schools go online in response to coronavirus outbreak

The decision to create the online program was made just last week when schools worldwide began closing

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/03/2020
ETHIOPIAN CHILDREN attend Jewish studies class while awaiting immigration to Israel, in Gondar.
Coronavirus puts immigration of some 250 Ethiopian Jews to Israel on hold

Three Ethiopian Airlines flights had been scheduled to bring the immigrants on March 18, 25 and 31. It is not known when such flights will resume.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/03/2020
The Old Tacoma Union Station in Washington state, currently being used as a District Court
Washington state man arrested for alleged antisemitic threats to neighbor

The FBI is investigating the case.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/03/2020
Philip Carmel, seen outside a Jewish cemetery in Russia during a work trip in 2018
Jews in the UK prepare for distancing as Britain adapts to coronavirus

This week, the British government finally introduced some drastic measures in managing the coronavirus crisis.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/03/2020
A Jewish organization is bringing food to elderly Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.
Coronavirus: Jews deliver food to Poles who saved Jews during Holocaust

From the Depths staff has started to set aside time for phone chats with the Righteous to help combat their sense of isolation.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/03/2020
World ORT – Adapting to changing times for 140 years

“One of the things that has enabled World ORT as an institution to exist for 140 years,is its ability and its requirement to adapt to the environment around it."

Two religious men outside the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, New York.
Coronavirus shutters Chabad movement headquarters, for the first time ever

The Brooklyn headquarters of the worldwide Chabad movement carried on as usual — until late Tuesday night, when its neighborhood’s rabbinic leadership ordered synagogues closed.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
19/03/2020
The first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets lands at Ben Gurion Inte
This Orthodox Argentine was the only passenger on a flight to Spain

Ilan waited on board the plane for other passengers to arrive — but no one did. He was the sole flyer, and he documented the moment.

By JTA STAFF
19/03/2020
Young Israel of New Rochelle
Attorney at center of New Rochelle coronavirus outbreak wakes from coma

Lawrence Garbuz “is awake and alert and seems to be on the road to full recovery,” his wife, Adina, said in a post on Facebook.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/03/2020
Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York
Conservative leaders say virtual minyans are permissible during ‘crisis'

The leaders of the Conservative movement’s Jewish law committee issued a crisis declaration allowing the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish with a virtual online prayer quorum.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
19/03/2020
He wanted to encapsulate Beijing’s Jewish community, COVID-19 complicated that

Unlike Shanghai or Hong Kong, which received Jews fleeing from World War II, Beijing does not have a robust Jewish history.

By ALAN GRABINSKY/JTA
19/03/2020
rand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum speaks at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York
Satmar Kiryas Yoel shuts down all institutions in NYC due to coronavirus

Other hassidic groups in New York closing down in light of worsening situation in the state and the US in general.

Tourists wearing protective face masks, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns, stroll at Su
Coronavirus is a Zionist plot, say Turkish politicians, media, public

"This virus serves Zionism's goals of decreasing the number of people and preventing it from increasing," the head of Turkey's Refah party said.

Jewish celebs encourage public to keep distance amid coronavirus

From Mel Brooks to Sarah Jessica Parker, Jewish celebrities around the globe are taking precautions and encouraging fans to do the same in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

18/03/2020
A copy of Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) from 1940 is pictured in Berlin, Germany
Amazon bans sale of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and other Nazi books

In one email seen by the 'Guardian,' sellers of secondhand copies of Hitler’s Nazi manifesto were told that “they can no longer offer this book” since it breaks the Amazon website’s code of conduct.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/03/2020
Dirshu students taking the tests in Boro Park, Brooklyn
100 people test positive for coronavirus in Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood

The results have come since the clinic began testing on Friday morning.

By BEN SALES/JTA
18/03/2020
Louis Farrakhan
Rapper Jay Electronica sparks antisemitism controversy

The song also begins with audio from a speech by Farrakhan, the antisemitic leader of the Nation of Islam who has called Jews “satanic”

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
18/03/2020
Wedding bands [Illustrative]
Couple plans wedding in less than 24 hours amid the coronavirus outbreak

Couples around the world have had to downsize their wedding celebrations as countries impose strict rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA , CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/03/2020
Rabbis hats are silhouetted against the sky as they gather to pose for a group photo in front of the
Donald Trump assistant urged NY rabbis to follow guidelines

Avi Berkowitz, an assistant to the US president, spoke with the rabbis for 45 minutes, going over with them the administration's new guidelines.

I can’t see my son who has autism in person because of the coronavirus

While you may naturally want to flee from the forced intimacy of being nonstop with your kids, know that there are families who are suffering through this moment.

By GABRIELLE KAPLAN-MAYER/JTA
17/03/2020
UK United Synagogue network shuts down completely due to coronavirus

In unprecedented step, all prayer services and other activities have been indefinitely suspended in the largest network of Orthodox synagogues in the country

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin
White House weighs in on checks to Americans due to coronavirus

"I think it's clear we don't need to send people who make a million dollars a year checks," Mnuchin clarified.

Conference combating antisemitism goes digital amid coronavirus spread

The winners of the contest will share a $100,000 grant to apply their ideas in real world settings, sponsored by Jewish organizations.

Protecting the elderly from coronavirus is a family affair for Mel Brooks

Max Brooks’ book, "World War Z," was recently in the headlines because many noticed parallels between how Israel handles the zombie invasion in the movie version and how it is dealing with the virus.

Jewish organizations launch online portals to minimize coronavirus impact

Israel advocacy and educational groups have taken their programs online, offering a range of seminars and study programs for those in lockdown.

JEWISH CEMETERY in Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine
Jewish cemetery in southern Hungary vandalized

The repairs could cost more than $8 million, Hungary Today reported.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/03/2020
With most flights canceled, a chartered airlift is bringing US teens home from Israel

The entire student body of URJ Heller High in Israel, a high school affiliated with the Reform movement, will return to the United States on a chartered flight.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/03/2020
General view shows the Portuguese parliament during a debate.
Portugal declares official commemoration day for inquisition of Jews

“Hopefully, this day will create greater awareness of this dark chapter of Jewish and Portuguese history, which still casts a giant shadow across the world."

George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey, 2018.
Teaneck, New Jersey, asks residents to self-quarantine

"Stay home if you don't have to get out," the deputy mayor told the 'Post'

New Rochelle mayor to 'Post': Containment area not quarantine zone

The people of New Rochelle "have formed an extraordinary internal support network of friends and neighbors who are delivering meals and in other ways assisting each other."

St. John's Wood Synagogue
London rabbi ill with coronavirus after Morocco trip

Rabbi Yoni Golker told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Friday over the phone that he has had mild symptoms and is feeling better than when they first appeared last week.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/03/2020
Jared Kushner looks on during the Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019
Jared Kushner's relative solicits coronavirus tips for him on Facebook

“I have direct channel to person now in charge at White House,” Kurt Kloss wrote in his post.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/03/2020
Head of Spielberg’s Holocaust foundation tells Amazon to drop 'Hunters'

'Jews never gassed Nazis. Period. That I must even make this point is proof enough how perilous this slippery slope can become.'

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/03/2020
Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at DC museum are fake, its officials say

A team of researchers led by an art fraud investigator issued a 200-page report saying that while the fragments may be made of ancient leather, but the ink was from modern times.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
14/03/2020
Chabad launches online Kaddish service for quarantined mourners

In the Jewish tradition, the 'Kaddish' is recited during a prayer with ten members or more. Thanks to the new service, those who can not leave home may honor the memory of their loved ones from home.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/03/2020
Nefesh b'Nefesh.
Nefesh B'Nefesh to hold 'virtual' Mega Aliyah Event due to coronavirus

The fair will include online lectures on a variety of Aliyah topics. The webinars will be broadcast live, via Zoom, and will be delivered by Nefesh B'Nefesh experts and Israeli professionals.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/03/2020
Dawn of a new WIZO

Anita Friedman, the newly-elected head of WIZO – the Women’s International Zionist Organization – brings a fresh and refreshing vigor to her new role as leader of the organization.

By WORLD WIZO
13/03/2020
Nessah Synagogue, Beverly Hills, was vandalized on December 14, 2019.
Louisiana man arrested for 2018 attack on local synagogue

Caine Zander Brown, 20, of Jefferson Parish, was arrested Tuesday for vandalizing the Northshore Jewish Congregation.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
13/03/2020
ADL publishes antisemitism guide for candidates

The Anti-Defamation League has released a guide to contemporary anti-Semitism for candidates running for national office.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/03/2020
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