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.

Summer camp [Illustrative]
How some Jewish summer camps are going virtual this year

“It’s not camp,” said Elyssa Gaffin, director of Young Judaea Sprout Brooklyn, a day camp that’s offering two different virtual “summer experiences” beginning next month.

By BEN SALES/JTA
29/05/2020
The view of downtown Dubai at sunset from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building rally
Kosher meat sent from the United States to Jews living in UAE

Israel was not involved in the shipment of crates, according to the sources.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/05/2020
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as he speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Cent
US Ambassador Friedman: Jewish illiteracy is greatest threat to diaspora

Being “fluent in Judaism” is “an imperative for the future of the Jewish people, especially outside the State of Israel,” said Friedman, who is an Orthodox Jew.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/05/2020
Jews pray in Tunisia
Albert Memmi, influential French-Jewish author, dies at 99

Memmi won recognition for his 1972 autobiographical novel “The Salt Statue,” in which he dealt with antisemitism and the marginalization of Jews in his native country.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
29/05/2020
What a Muslim sheikh taught me about Shavuot

“My friendly advice to my fellow rabbis,” Sheikh Jaffer says, “is to make the most of this because you won’t have this chance again.”

By SARA FREDMAN AEDER/JTA
28/05/2020
Swastikas used to 'Zoombomb' online Torah study session

One individual also shared an image based on the poster for the movie Jaws showing the shark as Adolf Hitler and changing the word “Jaws” with “Jews.”

Netflix miniseries on Jeffrey Epstein, 'Filthy Rich,' gets mixed reviews

Released on Wednesday, the four-part Netflix miniseries attempts to tell Jeffrey Epstein’s victims' stories and shed light on how the justice system confronted his actions.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
Czech company sells Nazi 'Personalities of the Third Reich’ 2021 Calendar

Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Daniel Meron, wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked and disgusted by such a calendar."

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, accompanied by Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch, visit the
German Jewish community president urges MPs to resign from BDS

'All true democrats ought to follow in der Beek’s example and leave the German-Palestinian Society advisory board.'

Lake Austin, Texas
Mrs. Maisel spent a summer there, now for $6m it can be yours

The Scott’s Family Resort in Deposit, which has been operating for 150 years, is on the market.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
28/05/2020
13 Jewish facts about ‘Hamilton’ that will make you smile

Some scholars believe that the Hamilton's mother, Rachel Faucette, might have been Jewish

By ARIELLE KAPLAN/JTA
28/05/2020
KOSHER INSPECTOR Aaron Wulkan examines meat to ensure that the food is stored and prepared.
Aaron Rubashkin, patriarch of troubled kosher meat empire, dies of corona

Everything is a lie,” Rubashkin said of the many misdeeds alleged against the company, Agriprocessors.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
28/05/2020
Museum of Jewish Montreal told it must vacate premises

“It’s sad and difficult for us to leave a space that meant so much to us, to you, and to the city."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/05/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Bench near Minneapolis synagogue vandalized with swastikas

The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah Congregation. Across the street, “Seig Heil, Heil Hitler, Trump 2020” was written on a traffic utility case.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
28/05/2020
The truth about plans for Babyn Yar

What happened at Babyn Yar was a terrible tragedy for Jews, Ukrainians and the entire world. My family was affected by this tragedy too.

By ILYA KHRZHANOVSKIY
27/05/2020
Larry Kramer, author known for his AIDS activism, dead at age 84

Kramer, who co-founded the ACT UP movement that made AIDS a national issue, died of pneumonia after enduring illness for much of his life, including his own battle with AIDS.

By REUTERS
27/05/2020
ISRAEL IS working in solidarity with Jewish communities around the world.
World Jewish solidarity isn't a meaningless slogan - we truly care

Our concern and love for every Jew, wherever they may be, is an unconditional love independent of anything else.

Shabbat packages preparation and distribution at the Jewish community of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia,
Amid the pandemic Russian Jews stay cautious, receive Shavuot packages

Since the fall of the Soviet regime, Jewish life in Russia has experienced an incredible revival.

German MP resigns from Palestinian NGO over support for BDS - EXCLUSIVE

Left-wing MPs refuse to resign from BDS-supporting organization

MARTA MOZES, 33, FROM LOWER MERION, PENNSYLVANIA TO TEL AVIV, 2009
‘I’m my best, happiest, most thriving self here in Israel’

Mozes, a yoga enthusiast, says she admires how Israelis “live life to the fullest” and enthusiastically embrace community and family values.

MEMORIAL TO the victims of the 1942 and 1945 massacres.
An excerpt from the memoir of Yehuda Erlich: The Days of My Distress

Yehuda Erlich is also the father of David Erlich, founder of Jerusalem’s landmark Tmol Shilshom, who died suddenly in March.

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
27/05/2020
DZIKOWER SYNAGOGUE, 1940
Revisited the Galician town of Kanczuga in Poland

Complicated feelings arise when I consider going back to my grandmother’s Galician town.

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
27/05/2020
More than 2,000 antisemitic crimes in Germany, highest rate since 2001

The number of antisemitic crimes in 2019 was 13% higher than it was in 2018.

HALF A ton of matzah was flown from Israel to Ethiopia in time for Passover, distributed along with
COVID-19 and the Jewish question

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the entire world. Can we suggest a particularly Jewish angle to this pandemic?

SORTING RICE at Beit Shalom Synagogue, Churachandpur, Manipur, India
Degel Menashe provides COVID-19 relief for India’s Bnei Menashe

One organization has taken it upon themselves to aid small Jewish communities in a far-off corner of India, and in the process have not only saved lives but also shown the true meaning of charity.

Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Lawmakers to VA chief: Remove swastika from German POW gravestones

“It is particularly troubling that VA’s refusal to replace these offensive headstones comes at a time when documented antisemitic incidents in the United States have reached a new high.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/05/2020
Los Angeles synagogue holds Friday night services despite coronavirus ban

The synagogue’s religious leader, Rabbi Chaim Baruch Rubin, said he believes President Donald Trump’s statement gave him the permission he needed to reopen.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/05/2020
Bride, groom, rabbi arrested at Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires

It was the third Jewish wedding in less than a week in the Balvanera area of the city, which is home to a large Orthodox population, that skirted the regulations.

By JTA STAFF
27/05/2020
German rabbi's livestreamed prayer a sign of change amid new normal

Balla himself is a living symbol of the rebirth of Jewish life in that part of the world.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
27/05/2020
MEN’S section during Monday morning services at the Hatikva Synagogue.
Initiative aims to financially aid Jews of color amid COVID-19 crisis

We need to get funds into the hands of the most vulnerable, many of whom struggle daily to pay bills and put food on the table."

By CELIA JEAN
27/05/2020
New PBS documentary examines antisemitism as social virus

The film includes former president Bill Clinton, former British prime minister Tony Blair, Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, and journalists Fareed Zakaria, George Will and Yair Rosenberg

By LAURA PAULL/JTA
26/05/2020
Omer Yankelevich
Diaspora Affairs minister: Israel to support Jews abroad hit by COVID-19

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog lauds ‘paradigm shift’ in which Israel establishing mechanisms to help Jews in the Diaspora

Oklahoma passes anti-BDS bill

The legislation confirms that Oklahoma will not sign any contract with a company, unless the company submits a written certification that it's not currently boycotting Israeli goods or services.

Rabbi Moshe David Hacohen and Imam Salahuddin Barakat from Amanah are awarded Malmo's City Prize on
Swedish imam and rabbi issue joint peace statement to mark Eid, Shavuot

Salahuddin Barakat and Moshe David HaCohen co-founded the peace initiative Amamah in 2017 to promote co-existence.

Novo Cemetery in London
Antisemitic banner hung on home facing London Sephardi Jewish cemetery

The banner was hung on a home facing the Novo Beth Chaim Cemetery, one of only two exclusively Sephardic Jewish cemeteries remaining in London.

26/05/2020
In absence of The Canadian Jewish News, writers unite to forge new voice

Canada’s flagship national Jewish newspaper of record became a coronavirus casualty when it announced that its April 9 issue would be its last after 60 years of publication.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/05/2020
AUSCHWITZ
Brazilian Jewish groups slam German comedian for Holocaust joke

The Brazilian Israelite Confederation demanded an apology on Thursday.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
26/05/2020
Kiryas Joel
New York Hasidic school found operating with ‘hundreds of students inside’

A school in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York was ordered to close after it was found operating with hundreds of students in its building.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
26/05/2020
US Neo-Nazi member at Columbus protest tried to attack Jews at Kent State

The report also noted that the man is alleged to have a long history with antisemitic and white supremacist activity.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/05/2020
Beit Avi Chai's Shavuot Initiative
Beit Avi Chai launches online Shavuot learning initiative

"Challenging times also provide new opportunities," explained Beit Avi Chai CEO Dr. David Rozenson.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/05/2020
Antisemitism spreads amid coronavirus pandemic in Turkey, group warns

An organization of Jewish Turks says commentators have used the coronavirus outbreak to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI / THE MEDIA LINE
25/05/2020
Antwerp, Belgium
Jewish orgs. slam Belgium for removing armed synagogue guards

The move comes during the sixth anniversary of the 2014 antisemitic terrorist attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, when a radical Islamist returning from Syria opened fire, killing four people.

25/05/2020
Russian chief rabbi wants Moscow to urge Iran to repair Esther's Tomb

Lazar said, “I will speak to the Russian government, and ask that they ask urge the Iranian authorities to mend the tomb of Esther and Mordechai."

One in five English people believe COVID is a Jewish conspiracy - survey

Preliminary data shows many Britons believe Jews created the coronavirus. This is a developing story.

South Street Temple in Lincoln, Nebraska was the subject of an act of vandalism on February 21, 2020
Windows smashed at Reform synagogue in Peoria, Illinois

The damage to Congregation Anshai Emeth, a Reform synagogue, took place between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/05/2020
Stanford University
Anti-Israel tweets garner controversy in Stanford student election

“If you still support Israel, you can choke, honestly,” said one tweet.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/05/2020
A man reads a prayer book outside, Reuters
Czech Jewish community to invest €1m. to renovate grave of respected rabbi

Rabbi Shabbatai HaKohen was a noted 17’th century sage famous for this 1646 book ‘Lips of the Priest’ which gave him his nickname ‘Shakh’.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/05/2020
BDS activists play IDF soldiers, stage mock execution in Vienna

The Austrian news outlet 'Heute' first reported on the anti-Israel stunt that took place Saturday at Viktor Adler Square in the Austrian capital.

The fitness center at the David Posnack JCC has not yet been allowed to reopen, but when it does, eq
A Florida JCC survived the pandemic with no layoffs, now it’s reopening

The Posnack JCC’s story — and its tiered reopening — stands in stark contrast to most JCCs across the country that have shut down and, in many cases, laid off large portions or all of their staffs.

By BEN SALES/JTA
23/05/2020
The Whitney Museum of American Art's building at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington Street and
Ex-Nazi hunter slams Whitney Museum's anti-Israel ‘smear campaign’

In the letter, Sher argued that the museum had “orchestrated and acquiesced in a concerted smear campaign against Warren Kanders,” the law enforcement supplier’s owner, who is Jewish.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/05/2020
A coronavirus warning sign is reflected as self-proclaimed history buff Amitai Zuckerman from Maryla
This rabbi and Vietnam vet helped unveil the Vietnam War memorial in 1982

Now he’s leading its first virtual Memorial Day service.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
23/05/2020
Summer camp [Illustrative]
Sweden’s only Jewish camp reverses decision to close this summer

For many children, especially those living outside Stockholm, it is the only time of the year that they are surrounded by other young Jews and learn about their heritage.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
23/05/2020
How summer camp has become an American Jewish institution

A 2013 study found that more than a third of American Jews have attended Jewish overnight camp. In many cases, children attend the same camps as their parents.

By BEN SALES/JTA
23/05/2020
Belgium plans to end army protection for Antwerp synagogues

“The Jewish community needs more, not less, protection in these difficult times,” the Forum of Jewish Organizations of Flemish Jews wrote in a statement published Monday about the plan.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/05/2020
Swastikas in US military cemetery cause outrage

The swastikas, as well as an inscription honoring Adolf Hitler, appears on the tombstones of German POWs who died while in American custody. Is it time to change them?

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/05/2020
Trump praises ‘good bloodlines’ of Ford, who was Hitler’s hero

Speaking at a Ford plant in Michigan, US President Donald Trump took a moment to say the late Henry Ford had “good bloodlines,” a chilling moment for anyone familiar with the man’s racist views.

Challenging the Conference of Presidents' election divides Jews

The Conference of Presidents was created in response to then-cecretary of state John Foster Dulles’ declaration that he would only deal with one Jewish organization. So, out of many, we made one.

By FRED ZEIDMAN/JTA
22/05/2020
200 US Jewish students leaders call for censure of ZOA for alleged racism

According to the letter, Zionist Organization of America head Mort Klein is alleged to have engaged in “a pattern of racist and Islamophobic behavior."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/05/2020
JDC aid organization lays off 53 staffers around the world

In total, the organization is reducing its workforce by 10%. JDC is also drawing $5 million from its $170 million endowment and imposing salary freezes until the end of 2021.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
22/05/2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at a news conference. New York City, New York, U.S.,
Hundreds of NY small business owners demand Cuomo let them reopen

"Our businesses are the backbone of this state, and quite literally what we depend on to put food on our tables and is equally vital to our employees, vendors and local neighborhoods."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/05/2020
Ukrainian police suspend officer who asked for a city’s list of Jews

Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov announced the suspension in a letter he sent to the head of the Jewish community of Kolomyya, in the country’s west.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/05/2020
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
Lawsuit accuses NJ of discriminating against Jews using zoning laws

Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, called it “antisemitic conduct.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/05/2020
Davi Alcolumbre, from the Democratas party is congratulated by his colleagues after being elected fo
Jewish president of Brazilian Congress victimized by antisemitic slurs

The slurs against Sen. Davi Alcolumbre were published this week on the Facebook profile of a user called Jota Junior, which was removed after the comments were made public.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
22/05/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Australian golf course vandalized with swastikas

The green on the fourth hole at the Cranbourne Golf Club also was sprayed on Tuesday night with homophobic images.

By HENRY BENJAMIN/JTA
22/05/2020
Jewish Millennial camp takes a different turn due to COVID-19

Few traditions are as universal to Jewish summer camp as color war, where the camps divide into teams by primary color for a day of athletic (and silly) competitions.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/05/2020
Coronavirus takes the life of Alison Schwartz, 29, People magazine staffer

Alison Schwartz set out to find a gift for her best friend’s wedding in 2018, she did it with her trademark creativity and fastidiousness.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
22/05/2020
Jewish community rallies to save Jerusalemite stranded at sea

Artist Amit Mendel became stranded off the coast of Jamaica when the coronavirus pandemic caused all borders to be closed.

Coronavirus: Spanish Jews to end school year online, plan for September

The COVID-19 outbreak in the country has been especially difficult in the capital, which is still way behind the rest of the country in terms of easing up on restrictions.

Warsaw Jewish community sending care packages for righteous among nations

Volunteers from the community as well as staff from the American Jewish Committee helped distribute the packages.

A MEIR Panim volunteer delivers food during COVID-19
Daily Giving: The power of donating $1 a day

One dollar on its own may not have much of an impact, but since its launch in January 2019, DailyGiving.org has already donated over $300,000 to Jewish charities.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/05/2020
Argentina to fly in rabbis to certify kosher meat despite closed borders

The global lockdown meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus has snarled this year's plans with borders closed and air travel paralyzed worldwide.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
A CAPTURED Taliban insurgent is presented to the media after he was detained with car explosive devi
Antisemitism and religious groups: The blame game

If terrorism were a tree, antisemitism would be its biggest branch.

By MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI
21/05/2020
Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt: Extremists exploit coronavirus crisis to spread hate

“Virus-related conspiracy theories are proliferating,” noted the Anti-Defamation League CEO.

An illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the 2019 N
Massachusetts rabbis: Don't rush to reopen shuls even if allowed

Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, included houses of worship in the first phase of Massachusetts’ plan to resume operations after bringing coronavirus infections under control.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
21/05/2020
250 Jewish leaders press for sexual harassers to be barred

The Presidents Conference represents 51 Jewish-American groups, including many of the country’s largest Jewish organizations.

By BEN SALES/JTA
21/05/2020
FAN poses in front of a New England Patriots logo
Lee Kozol, 87, attorney who represented the Patriots, dies of COVID-19

Kozol, who died on April 24 of COVID-19 at the age of 87, had a legal career that spanned some six decades, and he was at the center of many of the important issues of his day.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
21/05/2020
Kiryas Joel
Orthodox doctor who promoted coronavirus cocktail leaves community

Leaders of the Kiryas Joel community spoke out publicly against Zelenko in an open letter in March.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
22/05/2020
20% increase in demand for aliyah following the coronavirus crisis

This is in addition to the existing backlog of requests after aliyah flights were delayed for two months and immigration visas were suspended due to office closures.

By CELIA JEAN
21/05/2020
Ahead of Shavuot, Cuomo to allow prayer gatherings of up to 10 people

The news comes days after Cuomo teased a relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions ahead of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and is similar to the relaxations he made for Memorial Day ceremonies.

21/05/2020
On Jerusalem Day, a live virtual event to be broadcasted for Diaspora Jews

The event will be broadcast on the the World Zionist Organization YouTube and Facebook pages, Yaakov Hagoel and B'nai B'rith International on Thursday May 21, 2020 between 2-5 p.m. Israel time

By CELIA JEAN
21/05/2020
Repair the World launches new initiative for Jewish volunteers

Named Skills for Impact, the new initiative will work to connect nonprofits and volunteers over an online platform to provide the Jewish community with expert support to address urgent needs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/05/2020
How the director of ‘Circus of Books’ turned the lens on her mother

'My parents really just tried to downplay it, saying that it was just a bookstore, with an over-18 section'

By ARIELLE KAPLAN/JTA
20/05/2020
Prisoners' items found in hiding place at Auschwitz

It is still too early to say why these tools were hidden and what they were used for.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/05/2020
US appoints David Peyman as special envoy to combat antisemitism

“We are pleased to announce that David Peyman joined the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism as the Assistant Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs and Strategic Project."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference in temporary hospit
Ted Cruz: NYC mayor's 'gleeful tweet' on yeshiva should spark DOJ probe

Approximately 60 students were present at the Nitra Yeshiva in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood when the police arrived, according to a New York Police Department spokesperson.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
Beverly Hills condemns Lithuanian attempt to deny Holocaust involvement

The resolution was presented after a committee of the Lithuanian parliament began drafting legislation to declare that neither Lithuania nor its leaders had participated in the Holocaust.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
Haredi parents in New York say yeshivas already holding classes

“This week the underground yeshivas became the norm, and many have stopped the phone lessons.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/05/2020
These kosher NYC restaurants have closed permanently due to coronavirus

It’s not a surprise that several kosher restaurants in New York have closed permanently since March.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
20/05/2020
Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
Calls for 'Quds Day' ban after speakers label Zionism as 'satanic'

B’nai Brith Canada, a Canadian Jewish organization, has called to ban 'Quds Day' after an online video event in Canada featured antisemitic content.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’
Spanish gov't cancels tolerance seminar by group accused of antisemitism

The government did not explain its decision to cancel the seminar, which had provoked international protests by Jewish groups and ACOM, a pro-Israeli organization in Spain.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/05/2020
FILE PHOTO: British rock star Roger Waters walks along the Israeli barrier in Bethlehem
Roger Waters sings: 'We'll take back the land, from the Jordan to the sea'

In collaboration with British filmmaker Ken Loach, an ardent critic of Israeli policies, Waters spoke at the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign's (PSC) Nakba Day 2020 event.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
Courtney Cox surprises superfan with canceled 'Friends'-themed bar mitzvah

Thirteen-year-old Naftali Arden of Borehamwood, England, is a super-fan of the popular TV series Friends, and has seen it in its entirety no less than seven times.

20/05/2020
Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter is getting ready to reopen

Now there’s a fear that when the cultural quarter reopens, it won’t have the same impact in multiple ways.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/05/2020
As COVID-19 set in, Orthodox Union furloughed a quarter of its workforce

The Orthodox Union, an umbrella organization for Orthodox synagogues and a major certifier of kosher food, laid off or furloughed 125 employees in early April.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
19/05/2020
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