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.

THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march
130 Jewish groups pledge to fight systemic racism

In a statement Tuesday, 130 organizations said they were “outraged” by the killing of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody last week.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
03/06/2020
‘I’m not angry at all’: Owner of looted Chicago shop vows to rebuild

Central Camera, located on South Wabash Avenue, just blocks from Chicago’s storied Art Institute, is one of several notable Jewish-owned businesses to sustain damage in weekend demonstrations.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
03/06/2020
Nazi artifacts seized from a house in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentine gov’t under fire for glorifying Nazi admirer

Ramón Carrillo, the pro-Nazi doctor, was the advisor who accompanied former president Juan Domingo Perón as Secretary of Health during his first two terms. Now, his face is on a peso.

Jewish business owners describe vandalism, looting of businesses in LA

These are the descriptions Jewish business owners cited when talking about how their stores were looted and ransacked, and synagogues were vandalized with graffiti.

Veteran Affairs: Nazis 'don't have a place' next to fallen American heroes

"I was surprised, I hadn't heard about them," said Wilkie, when Elias asked the secretary what his initial thoughts were after hearing about the discovery.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/06/2020
Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York
Shuly Rubin Schwartz tapped as first woman chancellor at JTS

Schwartz, who served as provost — also the first woman in that position — will be eighth chancellor in the Jewish Theological Seminary’s history.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/06/2020
Yellow badge Star of David
Munich bans yellow stars at protests after Jewish groups raise concerns

Germany has seen several protests in cities across the country over the government’s strict coronavirus lockdown, and at some, demonstrators have worn yellow Stars of David.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
03/06/2020
US antisemitism envoy condemns attacks on synagogues in LA protests

Protesters also vandalized and damaged Congregation Beth Ahabah, a more than 200-year-old Reform congregation in Richmond, Virginia.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/06/2020
Protesters rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Portland, Orego
Pro-Palestinian group says IDF trains US police in 'racist' tactics

A tweet by the group linked to an Amnesty International article which accused Israel of training American officers in how to carry out human rights abuses.

The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress charts a coronavirus path

The EAJC leadership team consists of prominent philanthropists and public figures, many of whom are familiar with the activities of the Jewish communities and organizations in the Euro-Asian region.

By DR. MICHAEL MIRILASHVILI
01/06/2020
Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests, in their own words

We reached out to black Jews to understand their feelings at this wrenching moment and what their message is for the broader Jewish community. Here’s what they told us.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
01/06/2020
Minneapolis Jews care for a city in turmoil, giving aid and cleaning

“I’ve always been informed by the Jewish ethic to go where I’m needed."

By DEBRA NUSSBAUM COHEN/ JTA
01/06/2020
Kosher stores, synagogues, vandalized and looted in LA protests

Nearly 400 protesters were arrested in Los Angeles as demonstrations have continued following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/06/2020
Minnesota Jewish activists weigh in on recent protests

Ghidalia said there are two issues at stake: “One is the local – what people feel is a senseless death [of George Floyd]. The second is national – people are starting to protest.

Polish historian Ewa Kurek: Coronavirus is ‘Jewfication’ of Europe

Kurek is infamous for her radical arguments about the Holocaust, which include denial of Polish crimes against Jews, yet now she speaks about Jewish control in Europe.

The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC
Due to COVID-19: AIPAC cancels its 2021 policy conference

“The impact of COVID-19 will make this a different and challenging year. But we are confident that the AIPAC community will continue to overcome any obstacle and rise to the occasion.”

Rabbi Norman Lamm
Rabbi Norman Lamm, longtime head of Yeshiva University, dies at 92

The noted Modern Orthodox rabbi, author and communal leader had just lost his wife to COVID-19 a month earlier.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
01/06/2020
The wedding of Gershon ben Avraham to Gila bat Sarah in Ogidi, Nigeria
Shavei Israel hosts webinar with Nigeria's Igbo Jews

Dozens of members of the Igbo Jewish community participated in the seminar, which focused on Jewish belief and practice, religious items and other guidance and support.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/05/2020
Montreal skyline
Police investigate antisemitic vandalism at Montreal synagogue

B'nai Brith Canada, a watchdog organization that monitors antisemitism in Canada, said that the incident was “one of the worst such incidents to take place in Canada in years."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/05/2020
German magazine accused of antisemitism against reporter

Spiegel questioned if Bild reporter came from Israel's embassy

Lil Dicky
Lil Dicky becomes Larry David of rap in 'Dave'

The show, which premiered in March and is now available to stream on Hulu, is called “Dave.” It’s a fictionalized version of Burd’s rise to stardom.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
31/05/2020
Soldiers of the German army Bundeswehr take part in an exercise during a media day in Germany
German parliament agrees unanimously to allow rabbis back in military

During the First World War, tens of thousands of Jews served in the Bundeswehr, including some rabbis.

30/05/2020
World’s oldest Wiccan, a Jewish man, dies

Lamond was Jewish according to religious law, but found his true calling in Wicca. A modern religion which is inspired by pagan rites.

An illustrative photo of Hasidim walking in Brooklyn, New York.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic two major Brooklyn synagogues discuss merging

“While I am prouder than ever to be part of this congregation, our financial health has been seriously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
29/05/2020
Antisemitic incidents in Austria increased by 9.5% since 2017

The the perpetrators of these crimes had several different motives, according to the report. However, the majority of crimes were carried out by "right-wing extremists," according to EJC.

By OMRI RON
30/05/2020
Jewish nursing home has highest coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts

While the highest number of deaths reportedly came from the Leavitt Family Jewish Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, other nursing homes in the state had a similar number of deaths.

By CELIA JEAN
29/05/2020
When you treat us like just a statistic, you fail Jews of color like me

The question “How many Jews of color are there?” is never a merely academic one.

By MARCELLA WHITE CAMPBELL/JTA
29/05/2020
Jewish schools reopen in the Netherlands, but some worry about security

Should the buildings’ gates be left open in an effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure, or does that compromise security to a dangerous extent?

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
29/05/2020
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
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