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.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech at the lower house of parliament

UN's Guterres: COVID-19 created antisemitism spike, as neo-Nazism rises

"Antisemitism continues to blight our world. It is sad... that the pandemic has triggered yet another eruption of this poisonous ideology" • "There is no vaccine for antisemitism and xenophobia"

Journalist Totenberg learns of family member’s daring Holocaust escape

Totenberg, a longtime NPR correspondent, is the daughter of famed violinist Roman Totenberg.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
26/01/2021

Top children’s books feature a Passover tale, coming-of-age debut novels

Leslea Newman is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, including the trailblazing “Heather Has Two Mommies” and “Gittel’s Journey.”

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
26/01/2021
A picture posted on Twitter shows a man holding an anti-Semitic poster.

As social networks clamp down, antisemitism moves to the darknet

Amid pandemic, extremist groups connect on fringe websites that are nearly impossible to monitor, experts warn.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
26/01/2021

IHRA definition of antisemitism helpful but shouldn't be part of law

The statement also cautions that the IHRA definition’s examples could divert attention from the threat of far-right antisemitism.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/01/2021

In Amsterdam, card of every Holocaust victim returns to Jewish hands

The Netherlands branch of the Red Cross has transferred to the Jewish Cultural Quarter of Amsterdam ownership of more than 140,000 personal cards of Dutch Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2021

Ukrainian president approves Babyn Yar memorial concept

Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center to include several museums and commemoration sites over 150 hectare complex

Secret bunker discovered beneath Warsaw Ghetto in Poland

The bunker was discovered following demolition work at a building site, revealing the structure which had been hidden since World War II.

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Walter Bernstein, respected blacklisted screenwriter, dies at 101

Walter Bernstein, a proudly “secular” Jewish screenwriter best known for his 1960s and ’70s dramas and for being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, has died at 101.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
25/01/2021
Miriam Friedman Morris with her father, the chess enthusiast and portraitist, David Friedmann. 1957

The Chess Master portraits that escaped the Holocaust

David Friedmann's daughter traveled the globe searching for his famous drawings, lost for decades

By MIRIAM FRIEDMAN MORRIS/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
25/01/2021
Bagel and "cream cheese and lox."

Joe Biden’s first Sunday mass as president involves stop at Jewish deli

The self-described “Jew-ish” eatery serves bagels, sandwiches, bagel sandwiches and smoked fish sides.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
25/01/2021

Elie Kligman, MLB prospect, won't play baseball on Shabbat

Speaking to Chabad, Kligman highlighted his connection to Judaism and noted that he has never played on Shabbat, and prays three times a day.

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

Turkey pro-government media: ‘Jews overrepresented in Biden Cabinet’

The latest claim comes on the heels of a conspiracy theory spread by a high-level AKP official that said US president Joe Biden is “Kurdish.”

Antisemitism is expected to rise significantly around the world in 2021

Ministry decries ‘first institutional threat to Jewish religious freedom in Europe since the Holocaust'.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin. Chairman of the European Jewish Association (EJA)

European Jewish Association to mark Int'l Holocaust Memorial Day online

Event to be streamed live on JPost website Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Bat Galim Shaer

Mother of kidnapped teen launches program to connect Israel to Diaspora

The initiative will connect people from Israel and the Diaspora through shared Hebrew birthdays amid the coronavirus.

London police shuts down COVID-19 Jewish wedding with 400 attendees

The wedding, held in north London on Thursday at a school for girls, caused organizers to face a GBP 10,000 (Roughly $13,600) fine.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/01/2021
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.

Jewish orgs. hold memorial marking end of Sheldon Adelson's shiva

The event consisted of numerous livestreamed eulogies and personal stories about Adelson, as well as small groups of Jewish study and prayers in his honor.

Larry King

Larry King, legendary Jewish-American talk show host, dies at 87

His cause of death has yet to be announced, though he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in December.

23/01/2021

Khujand's last Jew has died after centuries of community thriving

But the once-rich communal life of Bukharan Jews in Khujand ended last week with the passing of the city’s last remaining Jewish person.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021

Head of Belgium’s Aalst carnival has made antisemitic comments online

The 2019 edition of the annual event featured several floats deemed antisemitic, including ones of Jews depicted as insects.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021

Hasidic boys’ choir sings tribute to Donald Trump

“The economy is growing like never before,” they sing against the backdrop of a stock ticker.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
23/01/2021
National Holocaust Museum Amsterdam 2016

Speaker for Dutch Holocaust memorial after uproar over antisemitic comment

"I didn’t mean it," Benali said. "I distance myself from those remarks, they weren’t meant literally. I also have Jewish friends and interview Jewish authors.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021

Rabbi who stopped praying for president during Trump tenure started again

Now, with Trump out of the White House and Joe Biden installed in the Oval Office, Yanklowitz says he will resume reciting the standard prayer.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
23/01/2021
Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

Antwerp invites residents of Jewish neighborhoods for COVID-19 testing

Tests are voluntary. The city has delivered to letter boxes 6,500 personal invitations to be tested this weekend and on Jan. 24.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021

Nazi memorabilia at Paraguay art fair prompts call for new law

The fair’s organizer removed the Nazi objects from display on Wednesday but added that showing the items did not break any laws.

By JTA
23/01/2021

American-Israeli basketball star shares thoughts on antisemitism in sports

He then addressed antisemitism in sports, and additionally the Abraham Accords signed just recently between Arab-Muslim countries and Israel.

Pfizer CEO Dr. Bourla to join Jewish Heritage Museum in virtual event

The CEO & Chairman of the company responsible for the distribution of the first coronavirus vaccine will discuss his life and Greek Jewish Heritage on February 18th via zoom.

By GADI ZAIG
23/01/2021

David Gitlitz, 78, scholar of Sephardic Jewish history, dies

Gitlitz, who died of complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 30, in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he lived in retirement, began his career as a professor of Spanish language and literature.

By ABBY KLIONSKY/JTA
22/01/2021

Norman Golb, pioneering Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, dies at 92

Golb also headed a movement in the 1990s to allow increased scholarship of the scrolls, which had been restricted for decades.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
22/01/2021

Jewish Harvard professor dies while climbing in Pakistan’s mountains

Alex Goldfarb, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, was an experienced climber as well as a beloved nephrologist who taught at Harvard Medical School.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
22/01/2021
Rabbi Yehuda "Yudi" Dukes, the longtime director of JNet, a worldwide Chabad educational program, ha

Yehuda ‘Yudi’ Dukes dies after 10-month battle with COVID

The rabbi and his wife, a music therapist, frequently sought spiritual meaning in his struggles with COVID.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
22/01/2021

Chuck Schumer is now the highest-ranking elected Jewish official ever

Georgia’s new senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, were sworn in on Wednesday, making Schumer the new Senate majority leader — the first-ever Jew in that powerful role.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
22/01/2021

JReady: Jewish Agency program helping communities amid COVID and beyond

Challenges to Jewish communities will continue even after the pandemic has ceased.

Participants of an annual event in honor of Stepan Bandera march through Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 1.

Nazi collaborators included in Ukrainian memorial project

Individuals included in the online ‘Virtual Necropolis’ are ultra-nationalists and senior auxiliary police unit officials that collaborated in the massacre of Jews

New Austrian national antisemitism strategy presented to ministers, EU officials

Measures will triple budget for security of Jewish institutions and coordination platform for nationwide govt coordination to combat antisemitism.

New York’s Jews celebrate Biden’s inauguration, even as some weary eye

While some Jews are celebrating the new man in office, many are cautiously optimistic about how a Biden/Harris duo will affect Israel.

By SHANNA FULD
21/01/2021

Claims Tunisian president made antisemitic rhetoric false, says his office

Prior to the denial by the president’s office, the Conference of European Rabbis protested in a statement what they believed to be an antisemitic remark by Saied.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/01/2021
Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) arrives before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President

3 Jewish fashion statements from the inauguration (that were easy to miss)

Ella Emhoff, Jewish daughter of the historic Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, wore a dress designed by the celebrated Jewish fashion designer Batsheva Hay.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/01/2021

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
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
current state of restroms in Kfar Silver

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

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.

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