American Jewry

A diverse community of the adherents to the Jewish faith in the United States, currently numbering some four million.

BETH MEIR Synagogue interior.
What American rabbis are thinking as the new year dawns amid the pandemic

The rabbis and cantors charged with leading their communities through this time are facing a set of challenges uniquely their own.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
15/09/2020
Is it time for US Jewry to stop caring if elected reps. are Jewish?

What does “Jewish significance” mean for an American election in the 21st century?

First-ever Israeli Art Lending Library launched at Northeastern University

This is the first such art lending library dedicated to showcasing Israeli artists, with the goal of educating more students about Israel and its diverse society.

09/09/2020
What you need to know about George Soros, center of conspiracy theories

At one point, there were 500,000 negative tweets about Soros in one day. And that’s just the past several months.

By BEN SALES/JTA
09/09/2020
Are weddings behind the COVID-19 spike in NY Orthodox neighborhoods?

While many Orthodox leaders are exhorting community members to follow public health recommendations to wear masks and avoid large gatherings, others intend to flout rules.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
08/09/2020
How are Republicans, Democrats reaching out to Jewish voters?

AMERICAN AFFAIRS: The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) are already in election mode and are focused mostly on Jewish voters in swing states.

AYENEW AND his mother, brought to Israel despite the coronavirus, receive Bibles and prayer books in
US surgeon general advises Orthodox rabbis on High Holiday practices

“No matter how good your synagogue’s reopening plan is, you’re going to be set up to fail if you’re opening up in the context of runaway community spread,” Adams said.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
03/09/2020
POLICE TAPE at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
New York police chaplain, Alvin Kass, 84, mugged during daily walk

Kass, 84, was walking at 5:45 a.m. when he was approached by an individual who told the rabbi that he was hungry and needed food.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
02/09/2020
3 House races, 6 Jewish candidates in the Massachusetts primaries

The campaign has been dogged by controversy, but the impact is not at all clear

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
02/09/2020
Biden's platform for Arab Americans reiterates opposition to BDS movement

Biden has long said he opposes BDS, a position he outlines in his plan for America’s Jewish community.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
01/09/2020
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