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.

Student opens Multicultural Week with “Anti-Zionist vibes only" t-shirt

York University in Toronto, Canada opened its Multicultural Week Parade, a yearly exhibition to promote and celebrate cultural diversity on campus.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
29/01/2020
President Reuven Rivlin meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda on International Holocaust Remembra
Reuven Rivlin takes lead role against Europe’s Holocaust revisionism

“We remember that during the war, the Polish people fought with courage and strength against Nazi Germany. But we also remember that many Poles stood by and even assisted in the murder of Jews.”

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
29/01/2020
Three people are killed in a kosher supermarket in Jersey City by two members of the anti-Semitic Bl
A-G William Barr blames ‘militant progressivism’ for antisemitism

Barr rejected the idea that President Donald Trump bore any of the blame for the national rise in antisemitism

By BEN SALES/JTA
29/01/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Despite rising antisemitism, Jews have still come far in America

Let us recognize and cherish the bright spot of being an American Jew today: We have an unprecedented ability to practice our faith freely, even as we face the difficult challenges.

By RABBI LEVI SHEMTOV
29/01/2020
Psychiatrist says Monsey stabber is incompetent to stand trial

Thomas denies stabbing anyone, and his family says he suffers from mental illness.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/01/2020
Brazilian governor calls Holocaust ‘humankind’s day of shame’

“It’s not only about remembering the 6 million Jews who were murdered, but also all others murdered elsewhere in all times, but nothing is as serious as the Holocaust,” Sao Paulo Gov. Joao Doria said

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
29/01/2020
Newly discovered photos of Nazi death camp may show guard Demjanjuk

The photos described by historian Martin Cueppers as a representing a "quantum leap in the visual record on the Holocaust in occupied Poland," had belonged to former deputy commandant Johann Niemann.

By REUTERS
28/01/2020
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Outrage over German student: Holocaust is same as climate change

"Equating the Holocaust and climate change is absolutely unacceptable," said the Labor Party on Twitter

A bloodied Israeli flag hangs on the main building at the University of Cape Town on Monday.
Israel's flag flown on smokestack in Germany to insult Holocaust

The flag was raised on the smokestack on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Itzig Manger
Celebrating Jewish poems teaching us about Jewish life

Those poems, including those written by Itzik Manger, remind us of what Jews did before 1939, how in spite of hardship, deserted by almost all, they lived, strove, created and gave.

Lebrecht in the Galilee, December 2019
A conversation with novelist Norman Lebrecht

He is the author of a new book on modern Jewish history during the century before the establishment of the State of Israel, Genius and Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947.

By INNA ROGATCHI
28/01/2020
A woman looks down at the Western Wall during holiday prayers
From Israel to Europe and America, then back to Jerusalem

After commuting between three continents for years, it was time to move back to Jerusalem. The wheel has come full circle

By SHOSHANA TITA
28/01/2020
Yocheved Sidof: Lamplighters represents the power of the individual, of challenging the status quo
Teaching children to become a whole person

Yocheved Sidof is an inspiration to many, knowing no boundaries or limitations to what she wants to achieve

By JOSEPH SCUTTS
28/01/2020
Museum releases possible photo of ‘Ivan the Terrible’ Demjanjuk at Sobibor

Once top of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted Nazi criminals, Demjanjuk said he was drafted into the Soviet army in 1941 and then taken prisoner by the Germans.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
28/01/2020
Mohandas Gandhi at his law office in Johannesburg (now called Gandhi Square), with his Jewish secret
Gabriel Isaac, Gandhi’s forgotten lieutenant

It is not easy to trace Isaac’s biography, and one has to collect fragments and pieces of evidence from different sources, although there is still missing information

By SHIMON LEV
28/01/2020
Finnish neo-nazis start their Independence Day march with swastika flags in Helsinki, Finland Decemb
Neo-Nazis deny Holocaust, burn Israeli flag in Finland

Finnish police were investigating two antisemitic incidences in the country, as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
28/01/2020
Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky regarding the test of antisemitism

Natan Sharansky on his 3D Test of Antisemitism – demonization, delegitimization and double standards.

28/01/2020
Varda Yoran at work
Sculptor Varda Yoran's journey through Israel

Varda Yoran’s storied journey led her from China to the US via Israel

28/01/2020
Giant Olympic Rings are installed at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, ahea
Chabad Japan prepares to welcome Jews during 2020 Olympics

Four Chabad Houses around the island nation will offer Jews a home from home during this summer's Games.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
28/01/2020
Vampire Weekend wins 2020 Grammy for best alternative album

The Jewish highlight came when Vampire Weekend, led by Jewish rocker Ezra Koenig, won best alternative album of the year.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
28/01/2020
New York Police Department by the Fifth Avenue Synagogue
Woman charged with hate crime for throwing pork chops at NY synagogue

Tara Rios, 47, of Hudson, was arraigned in Livingston Town Court on Saturday and charged with first-degree harassment as a hate crime, according to local reports.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/01/2020
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate Middleton took portraits of Holocaust survivors

The photos released on Monday, marked as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, are part of a project of the Royal Photographic Societ.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/01/2020
UK gov't to provide £1 million in funding to Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation mission, accordingly, is to support the "consolidation, restoration and long-term maintenance of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/01/2020
Ilhan Omar, Corbyn slammed by Jews for remarks on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Both Ilhan Omar and Jeremy Corbyn tweeted in support of Holocaust Remembrance Day, immediately drawing criticism from Jewish organizations.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
28/01/2020
Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th ann
Lauder at Auschwitz: Apathy and indifference helped Nazi atrocities

“The world did not care. That’s when [Hitler] knew that he could build this factory of death,” Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress said.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
27/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address U.S mayors in the East Room of the White House in Was
Holocaust was a 'Crime against God and humanity,' says Trump

The president called upon Americans and people globally to stand united against intolerance, to ensure that such horrors can never happen again.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
27/01/2020
Birkenau concentration camp in Poland in the snow
Rivlin participates in ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau - watch live

President Reuven Rivlin participates in a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau camps by the Soviet forces.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
President Reuven Rivlin at the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
Rivlin: Nazis greatly assisted in murderous acts by European countries

'Thou shall not be indifferent,' says Holocaust survivor.

Scene from Auschwitz: Untold in Colour
New documentary colorizes images from Auschwitz for first time

‘My fear is that with the passage of time, the tragic events of the Holocaust could get old’

27/01/2020
Police blocking rabbis from protesting church at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The rabbis claim that the existence and presence of the church is a slight to the memory of those who perished and fell victim to the Holocaust.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Zofia Optulowicz, daughter of Polish cavalry captain and World W
Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Auschwitz with Holocaust survivors

The group laid a wreath in front of the wall to display solidarity with the more than one million prisoners murdered at the Nazi "death factory."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
ORTHODOX JEWS study Talmud in Budapest in 2012
Robbers break into synagogue in Baltimore, Hassid puts them to flight

According to the report, the suspects conducted several robberies before breaking into the building of Khal Chassidim looking for a place to hide.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
1 in 5 Germans think the Holocaust gets too much attention, surveys find

The surveys, released on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, come amid warnings.

By TOAXELROD/JTA
27/01/2020
View of the entrance of the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands November 21, 2018. Pic
In first, Dutch prime minister apologizes for country's role in Holocaust

Mark Rutte apologized for how his kingdom’s wartime government failed its Jews, a first by a sitting prime minister.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
27/01/2020
Scotland's last Auschwitz survivor found love after Holocaust

Though many around the world commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by focusing on those horrors, 97-year-old Judith Rosenberg remembers the love she found afterwards

28/01/2020
Manuel Quezon
B’nai Brith honors Philippines president who saved Jews from Nazis

Former president of the Philippines Manuel Quezon saved 1,300 Jews during the Holocaust. B’nai Brith and the Philippines Cultural Center in Tel Aviv will honor him at different events.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Holocaust survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after its liberation

"Going back is my way of saying that I lived, we lived. Am Yisrael Chai," said one survivor.

People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in t
Antisemitic crimes increase by 60% in LA over the last year

Between 2018 and 2019, there was a 60% increase in antisemitic hate crimes

By OMRI RON
26/01/2020
Jewish school in Antwerp
Israeli ambassador slams Belgian daily for 'anti-Israel drivel'

The piece claimed that Palestinians, "who did not participate in the massacre of European Jews by the Nazis have to pay the price for that crime or are accused of antisemitism."

26/01/2020
jobbik
Hungary's Jobbik party and its antisemitic, and Jewish roots

Jobbik, a Hungarian far-right party who critics call institutionally antisemitic, has elected a man with Jewish roots, Peter Jakab, as its president.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
26/01/2020
Jewish Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez battling breast cancer

"It's important for women to know that early detection is key. As a community, as a society, we need to figure out a way so that everyone has access to a mammogram."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg launches Jewish outreach

Bloomberg is rolling out “United for Mike,” the name for his Jewish campaign

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/01/2020
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the sixth 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates campaign
Bernie Sanders rolls out his Jewish Bernie campaign video

It starts with Sanders’ declaration of pride in being Jewish

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
26/01/2020
Families urged to light candles to preserve memory of Holocaust victims

The candle should include personal information about the individual who perished, including details of their age at their time of death, where they lived and their profession.

By OMRI RON
26/01/2020
New Jersey town with large Orthodox population gets first Orthodox cop

Michael Wolf was sworn in Wednesday in a ceremony with 12 other new police officers following a year-long training, Asbury Park Press reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Swastikas painted on synagogue in New Zealand

The word “Heil” was also painted nearby.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Morocco opens $1.5 million center dedicated to Jewish culture

Last week, King Mohammed VI attended the inauguration for Bayt Dakira, which means House of Memory in Arabic.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
25/01/2020
Seasonal vegan gourmet
World's first vegan Jewish deli opens in Chicago

The deli's menu includes traditional and gluten-free bagels, salad sandwiches and traditional dishes such as "Zish's potato knishes," as well as deli salads and "a bisl more."

By LEON SVERDLOV
25/01/2020
Religious men praying in Krakow Ghetto on Yom Kippur 1940.
Restorers find precious Judaica items in former Polish synagogue

More than 350 items were found about two months ago in Wieliczka.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
New Zealand flag and Parliament buildings
New Zealand synagogue defaced by swastikas

According to the World Jewish Congress, about 6,500 Jews live in New Zealand.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Holocaust survivor tells her story in Germany

Holocaust survivor Eva Erben is impacting school students in Germany. “Your story is a story of hope,” a student said.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
24/01/2020
German reporter blames Israel for misusing Holocaust remembrance

Jewish leader terms commentary a boost for right-wing extremists

Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg vows to use $1b. to fight antisemitism, extremism if elected

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that he disagreed with BDS as a strategy to resolve the conflict because it lays all the blame at the feet of Israel.

By PETE BUTTIGIEG/JTA
24/01/2020
The girl who ran Auschwitz's secret library

Soon-to-be-published memoir by Dita Kraus details harrowing childhood experience guarding precious books; provides rare glimpse into the family camp in Auschwitz

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
24/01/2020
A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London
UK Jews demand apology after BBC links Holocaust to Palestinian conflict

A report on the Holocaust referred to 'occupation' of Palestinian territories, concluding "some [Israelis] will always see their nation through the prism of persecution."

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa of the Muslim World League visits Auschwitz with David Harris, Rabbi D
Interfaith prayers led at Auschwitz by most senior Muslim to visit to date

A joint delegation of Muslims from the Muslim World League and Jews from the American Jewish Committee gathered today at the Auschwitz Museum, where both Muslim and Jewish prayers were said.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
Poland's President Andrzej Duda delivers a speech before the official start of a march marking the 1
Polish president calls to ‘bear witness to the truth’ in four days

Polish President Andrzej Duda published an opinion piece in 'The Washington Post' on Thursday in which he discusses the Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil, and Polish resistance to them.

THE RABBINATE High Court of Appeals, Jerusalem, 1959. From left: Rabbi Yaakov Ades, Rabbi Ovadia Hed
Rabbis with knives between their teeth are needed

How is it possible the religious parties have failed to inspire the majority of Israelis to feel closer to Judaism and to foster a greater appreciation for the Jewish way of living?

President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Dr. Moshe Kantor
Kantor: US most worrisome country for resurgent antisemitism at present

World Holocaust Forum head insists there was no contact between organizers and Putin regarding Polish president.

Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress  and the World Holocaust Forum Foundatio
Holocaust Forum organizers insist Polish president offered chance to speak

The fifth annual World Holocaust Forum begins today at 1:30 p.m.

The Fifth World Holocaust Forum - Watch Live

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the message is clear – antisemitism has no place in our global society.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Crown of terrorism victim’s Torah retrieved after offered for sale on eBay

The ornate crown of a Torah scroll donated in memory of 2002 terrorism victim Michal Franklin, believed to have been stolen several years ago, recently was offered for sale on eBay.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.,
Pelosi-led congressional delegation visits Krakow Jewish center

The bipartisan delegation led by Pelosi visited JCC Krakow on Tuesday after visiting the site of the former Auschwitz Nazi camp

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
23/01/2020
Jeff Goldblum decided to be an actor while studying for his bar mitzvah

Jeff Goldblum recounts his history on TV, including how Judaism helped him decide to become an actor

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
Neo-Nazi leader quotes Hitler in motion filed in federal court

Cantwell is one of about 25 defendants in a lawsuit filed against the organizers of the 2017 neo-Nazi “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/01/2020
Original cast of the Monty Python troupe
Monty Python’s Terry Jones cut a ‘Nazi Jew’ scene from ‘Life of Brian’

One scene deleted from the film was the “Otto” scene, which features a radical, first-century Jewish revolutionary who has the same dreams as the young Adolf Hitler

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
Holocaust survivors enter Auschwitz 73 years after its liberation on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Janu
Belgian leader celebrates Holocaust rescuer’s 100th birthday

Jambon visited the home of Maria Nowak, a Polish woman who risked her life to save Jews during the Holocaust, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Why is a church still holding services in Auschwitz-Birkenau?

The church, which remains operational and fully functional to this day, represents one of today’s most imminent threats to the integrity of Holocaust memory.

By RABBI AVI WEISS/JTA
23/01/2020
Marc Maron and others trace their heritage on 'Finding Your Roots'

The episode that aired Tuesday night explored the family trees of actor Jeff Goldblum, NPR host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/01/2020
California man donates part of liver to rabbi he doesn’t know

‘I’ve always had that altruistic streak and always sought out ways to help where I could,’ donor Eric Steger said.

AMERICANS PROTESTING against trade with the Nazis before World War II.
50% of Americans don’t know how many Jews died in Holocaust

New Pew poll shows that 66% of Americans know the Holocaust involved the mass-murder of Jews, and pluralities of Americans have basic understanding of Holocaust in multiple choice questions.

People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in t
25% of French millennials say they haven’t heard of the Holocaust - poll

Claims Conference poll finds that there is too little Holocaust education in schools.

A view of Skopje, capital of North Macedonia.
Macedonian minister receives antisemitic insults by ruling party activist

Vidana Boshkova Micevska, an adamant SDSM supporter, ethnically profiled Mizrahi on Facebook. After receiving backlash for her original antisemitic post, she countered with more hate speech.

By HANNAH HEPNER
23/01/2020
A STAR of David is seen at the new Holocaust museum called the House of Fates in Budapest, Hungary,
'Hungary has zero tolerance for antisemitism,' Budapest's minister says

"It is important to emphasize that Budapest has the third largest Jewish community in Europe, and the second largest synagogue in the world," Justice Minister Judith Verga asserted.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
23/01/2020
Hungarian Lajos Koltai directs during the shooting of the film "Fateless," based on the novel by 200
The true and the fake: A review of Holocaust films

Life is Beautiful jump started the 'feel-good Holocaust movie' phenomenon, but people prefer films based on true stories.

Polish European Parliament member compares Holocaust to animal abuse

"It's time for a serious discussion about the treatment of animals, the conditions in which they live, and how we kill them."

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) logo
University of Michigan has to cancel SJP conference say pro-Israel groups

The conference is yet another attempt by the Students for Justice in Palestine movement to spread Israel-hate and antisemitism on campus.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
22/01/2020
A man points at a gold star inside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York
New York middle school students get Holocaust education

For many of the 8th-graders from PS 84 in Williamsburg who toured the museum last week, it was the first time they learned about the Holocaust.

By MARIAL LISELLA
22/01/2020
The “Dimensions in Testimony” program
How technology can keep Holocaust memories alive

New tools and methodologies will have to be deployed to combat worrying trends in public awareness and acknowledgement of the Holocaust.

22/01/2020
WHO IS facilitating antisemitism in London.
Transgender woman gives up legal fight to see her haredi Orthodox children

The family has remained unidentified in the British media.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Members of White Supremacy groups gather in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin man arrested for vandalizing synagogue for The Base hate group

Barasneh is accused of spray-painting a swastika and other Nazi imagery, as well as the word “Jude,” German for Jew, on the building of the Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine in September.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

Azaria has been the thickly accented caricatured voice of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, manager of the show’s Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, for 30 years.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Members of the European Union delegation under the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp
European legislators examine ways to combat antisemitism

“Today, the situation in Europe is worrying."

US
Idaho governor recognizes 125th anniversary of state’s Jewish community

Idaho also has Jewish communities in the cities of Sun Valley, Pocatello, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene, according to the report.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Jewish government worker in Berlin was subjected to antisemitic harassment

The employee, who was not a driver for Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported the incidents to the federal government’s antisemitism commissioner in the Ministry of the Interior

By TOAXELROD/JTA
22/01/2020
Jewish cemetery in Bulgaria vandalized

Gravestones were pushed over and broken, and a fence around the cemetery was damaged, the Sofia Globe reported Thursday.

By MARCY OSTER
22/01/2020
Jewish community
Young boys identified as the vandals of Jewish cemetery in Slovakia

The gravestones were pushed over, causing some to crack, in mid-December in the northern town of Rajec.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/01/2020
Soup kitchen [illustrative]
Soup kitchen brings together Jewish and black leaders for MLK Day

Several pastors, local officials and representatives of the New York Police Department also were on hand for the Masbia event.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/01/2020
A man holds a sign outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, New York, U.S., December 29
On patrol with a Monsey Hasidic security force

It was a weekday in early January and Margaretten was explaining the concept of tefillin to a sanitation worker on the other end of the line.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/01/2020
Taika Waititi didn't want 'Jojo Rabbit' to be a sad Holocaust film

Waititi’s decision to use one of history’s most infamous figures as a comic foil puts his Jojo Rabbit in a delicate place at a time when neo-Nazi groups are making daily headlines.

By GLENN WHIPP/TNS
21/01/2020
WWII historian's new book views Munich agreement through Czech eyes

The Bell of Treason should command the attention of anyone interested in the origins of World War II.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
21/01/2020
Antisemitism is on the rise, but why now?

Some of the antisemitic narratives of today originated in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and even 80s.

By SIMA VAKNIN-GILL
21/01/2020
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