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.

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
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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
Two women, one wearing a tallit, blow the shofar amid the Capitol rioting, Jan. 6, 2021.

Meet the Jewish photographer who took photos of Capitol mob

But I came home to my partner, Ruth, and said ‘I’m OK, but I’m going to have a little PTSD stuff for a couple days.’

By SHIRA FEDER/JTA
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.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party

Ex-Labour head Jeremy Corbyn fights to overturn suspension

Corbyn to “unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation” apologize for the comments he made, so far he has not.

File photo of a Microsoft logo on an office building in New York

Microsoft's GitHub fires Jewish employee who posted about ‘Nazis’ at the Capitol

The Jewish employee allegedly posted on a company channel on Slack, that colleagues in the Washington, DC area should “stay safe homies, Nazis are about."

By BEN SALES/JTA
14/01/2021

Budapest's Jewish Quarter is being destroyed

A few days ago, news that one of the oldest houses in the Jewish district of Budapest will soon be demolished spread like wildfire on social media, sparking outrage.

By VINCENT VIZKELETY
14/01/2021
Restaurants switch from in-house eating to food delivery due to the coronavirus.

Food courier in France arrested for allegedly refusing to serve Jews

allegedly told staff from two kosher restaurants that he does “not serve Jews” and thus is canceling their order

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2021
yeshiva study

Hasidic man faces prison, lack of education used as leniency plea

It’s not the first time that advocates for a Hasidic Jew convicted of a crime have pointed out a defendant’s minimal secular education as part of a bid to reduce a prison sentence.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
14/01/2021
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Red crosses painted on Jewish homes in London

Shomrim, a Jewish security group, called the incidents an antisemitic “hate crime,” adding on Twitter that the perpetrator “appears to have used blood.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2021
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Yankelevitch plan to vaccinate Holocaust survivors abroad panned

Idea described as “total nonsense,” unimplementable, and politically motivated ahead of upcoming Israeli elections.

A man prays at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue

Steps Jewish institutions are taking to secure against possible attacks

That’s because earlier in the year, local Chabad leaders decided to reevaluate their security following an incident with a trespasser.

By ERIC BERGER/JTA
13/01/2021

Iancu Tucarman, Romanian Holocaust survivor, dies from COVID-19 at 98

Tucarman was among the 5,000 Jews brought to the police station, where nearly half were beaten to death or shot.

Irwin Colter: Canada's special envoy for combating antisemitism

This article does not do justice to the remarkable achievements of this man.

By SIMONE COHEN SCOTT
13/01/2021

Israel to provide COVID vaccines for Holocaust survivors around the world

"We have the privilege to provide them with protection against the coronavirus. This is the moral order that every Jew carries in his heart - to make sure that they never walk alone."

Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

Gazans filmed skating with Palestinian flag through Jewish neighborhood

Antisemitic incidents against Antwerp Jews, notably by those from a Muslim background, are common.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/01/2021
Joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next U.S. president in the US Capitol

Brad Schneider among House lawmakers to contract COVID during Capitol riot

At least five deaths have resulted from the violence.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/01/2021
Yoni Appelbaum

The Capitol siege rattled him, yet Appelbaum is more worried about 2024

Hartman’s president, Yehuda Kurtzer, spoke with Yoni Appelbaum, the Atlantic’s Ideas editor, who also taught history and literature at Harvard University, Babson College and at Brandeis University.

By JTA
13/01/2021

Etsy removes ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt from its online store

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted at the e-commerce company, which sells customized craft items.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
13/01/2021
Chabad of Staten Island

Staten Island politician apologizes for yelling ‘Heil Hitler’ at a protest

Leticia Remauro, a Republican consultant running for borough president, was protesting the closing of a bar last month for violating coronavirus restrictions.

By BEN SALES/JTA
13/01/2021

Former synagogue east of London bought to become cultural space

The local Jewish community has all but disappeared in recent years in the Cliftonville area as part of a demographic reconsolidation of Jewish life in the United Kingdom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/01/2021
US REP. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez introduces Sen. Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally before the New H

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Cruz fight on Twitter over Holocaust

“They wore Auschwitz shirts, erected gallows, and tried to hang the Vice President,” Ocasio-Cortez said of members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021

Portugal to open first Holocaust Museum

Neutral during the Second World War, Portugal accepted roughly 50,000 Jewish refugees, yet Lisbon largely ignored the painful lessons of the Holocaust until now.

Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview

Politicians, NGOs mourn the passing of Sheldon Adelson

"The US-Israel relationship is stronger today because of him."

Protesters climb the wall of the US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Capitol mob, Charlottesville mob, share playbook - they must be punished

Don’t be fooled: Much like with the Charlottesville attack, what happened at the Capitol was no accident.

By ROBERTA KAPLAN AMY SPITALNICK KAREN DUNN/ JTA
12/01/2021

FBI agents raid Brooklyn home of pelt-wearing Orthodox man in Capitol mob

The arrest comes amid a nationwide crackdown on the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building last week.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/01/2021

Austrian Jewish leader apologizes: Wrongly administered COVID vaccines

The head of Austria’s Jewish community has apologized for COVID-19 vaccine doses that were administered to community members, including himself, who were not meant to receive them.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
12/01/2021
Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes.

Sheldon Adelson, Jewish self-made tycoon, passes away at 87

Sheldon Adelson was owner of Israel Hayom newspaper, CEO of Las Vegas Sands and a close friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Republican Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall in Primghar, Iowa, U.S.

Steve King, Jeanine Pirro compare crackdown on far Right to Kristallnacht

Amazon, Apple and Google have all decided to ban the social media app Parler, which is popular among the far-right, from their platforms.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/01/2021
The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism attributed to BDS activist

Restaurants in Portland vandalized with 'free Palestine' graffiti

Ironically, neither of the restaurants vandalized considers itself exclusively Israeli.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey

Jewish activists yell out Holocaust denial tweets at home of Twitter CEO

“Why does Jack Dorsey continue to give Holocaust deniers and Jew-haters a bigger platform today than Hitler had in his time?”

Ukrainian rabbi listed in ranking of top 100 influential Ukrainians

Azman made the list because of the Jewish community's aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

12/01/2021

OU's Yachad raises $1.6 million to support those with disabilities

The Jewish organization announced that the donations came from over 2,500 people, and the funding will underwrite services and programs as well as scholarships for those with disabilities.

Food courier in France refuses to serve Jews, kosher restaurant owners say

Later in the day, a second kosher restaurant was also declined service by a Deliveroo employee, DNA reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021
Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Photo of antisemitic shirt at Capitol siege goes viral. Why was it wrong?

Each got one thing wrong: The picture wasn’t from that day.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/01/2021

Could America today face a similar fate to that of Nazi Germany?

Growing up, I always wondered how Germany, an epicenter of European culture in the 1930s, could become such a dark, hateful place.

By JULIAN VOLOJ/JTA
12/01/2021

Swastika graffiti painted on wall of Jewish cemetery near Auschwitz

The Nazis murdered three million non-Jews in Poland, in addition to three million Jewish Poles — half of all the Jews they had murdered throughout Europe.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021

Here are the 37 Jewish members of Congress

The lists here are in alphabetical order. Freshmen are noted.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021
Democratic US Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock look on as they appear together

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are a heroic new Black-Jewish duo

In a Twitter thread, Ossoff described his trajectory from a teenage intern for John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights hero who died last year, to US senator.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/01/2021

First Orthodox Jewish girl gets Eagle Scout, helps others during COVID-19

Currently in Israel, 19-years-old LA native Gabbi Stein won 29 badges before obtaining the highest rank the scouts have.

A family have breakfast outside their home at a Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen

UAE reunites two more Jewish Yemeni families split for decades

"I'm living a dream, not quite sure if it's a dream or reality," said one family member.

11/01/2021

Confronted with antisemitism by Jewish host, actress quits BBC show

Nigerian-born UK actress Kelechi Okafor drops out of a BBC program meant to deal with the #MeToo movement after learning she will be asked about alleged antisemitism.

Star of David

Yellow Star of David worn in Prague to protest the coronavirus vaccine

"The use of the Yellow Star of David in an anti-vaccination protest is a disgrace and an insult to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust."

Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Capitol rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt identified as Virginia man

Some people who stormed the Capitol, including a West Virginia lawmaker, have been arrested.

By BEN SALES/JTA
11/01/2021
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem

European Commission publishes IHRA antisemitism definition handbook

The European Commission began using the IHRA definition in 2017 and the European Parliament adopted it for use in the same year.

AOC condemns Confederate flag raised outside Jewish Heritage Museum

Within her statement, the Democratic representative called out white supremacists directly for the crimes committed on Thursday, while firming a call to stand by her Jewish constituents and neighbors

Scottish minister condemns antisemitic abuse directed at Celtic's Bitton

He said that “antisemitism deserves the same contempt as Islamophobia and any other prejudice.”

Hitler's Jewish centenarian neighbor sheds new light on Führer's life

She noted that while she and her family rarely ever came into contact with the German Führer, there was an air of fear surrounding his presence on the block.

A US Capitol window is seen smashed a day after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed th

Washington rioter identified as son of New York Modern Orthodox judge

Aaron Mostofsky, whose father is Kings County Supreme Court Judge Steven Mostofsky, entered the building wearing fur pelts and a bulletproof vest carrying a riot shield he said he found.

10/01/2021
Adolf Hitler

‘Hitler was right on one thing’ - Congresswoman apologizes for antisemitism

Miller issued an apology that said she was an ally of the Jewish community as well as pro-Israel.

By BEN SALES/JTA
10/01/2021

Amudim raises $5m. to help victims of abuse, addiction in Orthodox world

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive increase in demand for Amudim's services with case volume rising exponentially.

Turkey pro-government media claims 'Jews' control America

Turkey’s ruling regime has slammed Biden frequently last year and also bashed his choice of Brett McGurk last week, a former anti-ISIS envoy.

Doses of vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen as Israel continues its na

Israel’s vaccination rollout has New Yorkers unmasked with envy

“I’m most annoyed that my parents can’t get the vaccine,” said Sheer Lichtash, 21, a student at New York University and dual citizen of Israel and the US.

09/01/2021
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Biden Homeland Security nominee discusses antisemitism with Jewish group

White supremacists were among the marauders who raided and looted the Capitol on Wednesday in a bid to overturn Joe Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/01/2021

At the northern tip of Maine, this artist fostered a Jewish community

“I guess I’m a purist,” Gribetz said. “But I’ve suffered. And I continue to suffer.”

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
09/01/2021
israel flag

Johns Hopkins University TA suggests penalizing pro-Israel students

The TA asked in a Twitter poll if he should give a pro-Israel student their points in an exam "even though they support your ethnic cleansing."

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/01/2021
Cartagena, Colombia

Prominent lawyer with Jewish roots under fire for identifying as Latinx

"My cultural identity was formed as a result of my family, both chosen and chosen for me, and that has always been Latinx,” Bannan said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/01/2021

Rise in German antisemitism, extremism has Jews questioning their future

Several reports have shown that right-wing extremism has even seeped into the country’s police forces, including one elite squad that the government disbanded over its “toxic leadership.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/01/2021
A man points at a gold star inside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York

Amid Capitol riots, confederate flag found on Jewish Heritage Museum door

“We cannot be silent bystanders. We must speak up and take action wherever and whenever we witness hatred and threats of violence."

Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Capitol riots: What far-right hate symbols were on display?

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who said he quit the group in 2018, was spotted in the DC crowd.

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA , EMILY BURACK/JTA
08/01/2021
An illustration of a bride and groom during a Civil marriage outside the Knesset, the Israeli parlia

Marvin and Zippora Hyman, 92 and 75, travel lovers married for 49 years

A retired airplane mechanic, Marvin came down with a fever in late March. Zippora, a former travel agent who worked for the now-defunct airline TWA, got one several days later.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
08/01/2021
New York

Court rules Orthodox-dominated school board wasn't elected properly

The case against the district was brought by the NAACP.

By JTA STAFF
08/01/2021
Activists of the National Corps political party take part in a rally to mark the 110th anniversary o

Far-right protesters in Ukraine demand Israel apologize for communism

The far-right activists called on Israel and the Jews to assume responsibility specifically for Holodomor, a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/01/2021
An AIPAC attendee sports a US-Israel themed suit

Jewish groups respond to DC violence with ‘disgust,’ criticism of Trump

“We share the anger of our fellow Americans over the attack at the Capitol and condemn the assault on our democratic values and process."

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/01/2021

Jews of Color looks to conduct first-ever study on Jewish experience

The research will be led by academics from the University of Southern California, Standford, Washington as well as professionals from Microsoft.

‘I don’t recognize our country’: Jewish lawmakers under siege respond

The new Congress has at least 33 Jewish members, in the House and Senate, among those who would have been present today.

07/01/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington

Israeli reporter harassed by antisemitic pro-Trump protester at US Capitol

"I'm gonna get in your face now and I'll tell you why, yid (a term for Jew)," shouted the pro-Trump protester.

07/01/2021

Rabbis in DC rush to calm congregants on edge after mob chaos at Capitol

“I really just tried to keep my head down. I really was genuinely afraid to engage.”

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA , SHIRA FEDER/JTA
07/01/2021
A pro-Trump mob storms the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6,

Rabbi: I never felt as strongly about prayer for government as I did today

Professional journalists and smartphone-wielding citizens have made clear that we are in dire need of heaven’s help.

By RABBI MENACHEM CREDITOR/JTA
07/01/2021
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen at the US Capitol

‘Our worst fears realized’: Extremism watchdogs watch DC violence

“Everyone in my world has been warning of this exact thing,” said Heidi Beirich, who’s been monitoring extremists for 20 years.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/01/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

I won't tell my child about far-right march that closed her Jewish school

It was the second time this term her Jewish preschool had to close because Nazi hate groups and far-right extremists were marching in support of President Trump.

By CARLY PILDIS/JTA
07/01/2021
Protesters and police clash at the foot of the US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

A Ukrainian chief rabbi endorses siege of US Capitol by Trump supporters

“The people protesting against mass election fraud broke into the capital. God bless America.”

By SAM SOKOL/JTA , CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/01/2021
German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute

‘Hitler was right on one thing,’ US congresswoman says at pro-Trump rally

Speaking in view of the Capitol building, Miller was discussing her emphasis on family values and the importance of convincing voters to elect Republicans when she invoked Adolf Hitler.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/01/2021

Anti-Israel vaccine narrative catches on with left-wing MPs

false accusations were spread mostly by activists in the past month, but an article published on Sunday in the UK's 'Guardian' exposed them to a wider audience.

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