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.

"Avoiding another Kristallnacht means standing up for freedom and democracy"

It was exactly 82 years ago on November 9th, 1938 that the Nazi regime launched its brutal, furiously destructive all-out attack against the Jews.

By STEPHAN KRAMER
28/10/2020
Kristallnacht was the beginning of the end

Ruth Zimbler, a Kristallnacht Holocaust Survivor reflection on how that day changed her life forever

By INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING
28/10/2020
President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Dr. Moshe Kantor
Dr. Moshe Kantor reelected as European Jewish Congress President

"Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and rising antisemitism, European Jews are determined to continue working together to overcome these challenges and strengthen Jewish life in Europe.”

Yo-Yo Ma perform in ceremony honoring Pittsburgh shooting victims - watch

The ceremony also included several prayers for the souls off the deceased and for healing those who survived.

France is cracking down on radical Islam, with blessing of Jewish minority

Jewish community leaders have applauded President Emmanuel Macron’s effort to counter what he calls “Islamist separatism”.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/10/2020
‘Borat’ lawsuit from Holocaust survivor’s daughter is dismissed

Cohen devotes a large portion of his new film to mocking antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
28/10/2020
Orthodox doctors battle COVID, disinformation in Orthodox communities

Ditchek said he’d heard people refer to him and several other Orthodox doctors as the “Jewish Faucis,” though he was a bit sheepish about the comparison.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
27/10/2020
‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d
United States of Anxiety: The new fears of American Jews

They’re concerned about antisemitism and violence on the right driven by increasingly active white supremacist groups with funny names and unfunny agendas.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
27/10/2020
The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.
First conviction in South Africa for antisemitic abuse

Randburg Magistrates Court found Matome Letsoalo guilty of “crimen injuria” for threatening and abusive messages targeting the Jewish community.

The Jews in Dubai preparing the ground for Israeli tourists

A meeting with a couple living in Dubai for the past 5 years, where they maintain their Jewish tradition and rich community life.

38 Olim land in Israel as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight
Jerusalem to Olim: 'This is your home'

A week of virtual aliyah programming comes as applications for immigration spike in the wake of the coronavirus.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
27/10/2020
Holocaust survivors' grandson pitches for Tampa Bay in World Series

When Ryan Sherriff took the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, he joined an exclusive club of Jewish pitchers in the World Series.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
27/10/2020
Rockoff announced as new executive vice president of the RZA

Earlier in the year, Rockoff served as the head of World Mizrachi’s Orthodox Israel Coalition, doubling its membership from the previous elections.

Record participation reflects renewed US interest in Zionist Congress

The votes represented the highest number cast since open Zionist elections were adopted in the American Jewish community 30 years ago.

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
27/10/2020
PRAYING OUTSIDE the Beit Chabad house in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Chabad to expand to more Muslim countries after UAE emmissary announcement

“Chabad is exploring the possibilities of establishing centers to serve the religious and educational needs of Jews who will come to visit, do business or live there,” he added.

Jewish cemetery in Timișoara, Romania
Germany expands pension access for Romanian, Bulgarian holocaust survivors

Widows/widowers and children of survivors from the expanded list of 'open ghetto' cities are also eligible to receive a German Pension.

Contradictions in Orthodox Jewry highlighted at NY 'Jews for Trump' rally

Smith appeared to praise those who flouted school and synagogue closures during the pandemic, then urged rally attendees to do the same now.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
26/10/2020
Prof. Yedidia Stern chosen as incoming president of JPPI

Stern serves as a professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University, where he also previously served as dean, and holds a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University.

Genesis Prize Foundation extends voting deadline for 2021 award

More than 100,000 Jews have cast their votes for the 2021 Laureate, and 2 million people have engaged with the Genesis Prize on social media.

The exhibition "Gurlitt: Status Report. An Art Dealer in Nazi Germany"
Reps slam Supreme Court position of Holocaust-era artwork restitution

The representatives argue that Wall's position on the case, Republic of Germany vs. Alan Philip, fails to incorporate "bipartisan Congressional action and understanding of the Holocaust."

Almost half of Americans don't know the meaning of antisemitism - survey

The surveys were taken in September and early October and included 1,010 Americans overall and 1,334 Jews. The margin of error for the general America sample was 3.7% and 4.2% for the Jewish sample.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/10/2020
Police stand guard during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania M
Albania to host first ever Balkans Forum Against Antisemitism

The announcement comes days after Albania officially adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism, becoming the first Muslim-majority nation to do so.

US holds conference on combating online antisemitism

State Department calls on social media platforms to adopt IHRA definition.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
26/10/2020
AFIPO names Maayan Dauber Eastern Region Executive Director

“I’m honored to be on the team entrusted with [the philharmonic's] wellbeing at this critical juncture in history, as arts institutions face unprecedented challenges," said Dauber.

Jewish Federations: US university admins ‘ignored’ antisemitism on campus

Several universities have allowed antisemitism to continue, taking no action against it.

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Lithuania mints first euro coin with Hebrew letters

The heads side of the coin features the Hebrew letter shin, followed by the acronym in Hebrew of Gaon Rabbi Elijah.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/10/2020
Chabad of Poway
A-G weighing federal death penalty in Poway synagogue shooting

Federal death penalty cases are rare — so much so that San Diego has never tried one.

By KRISTINA DAVIS / THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
25/10/2020
A man points at a gold star inside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York
Museum of Jewish Heritage opens virtual field trips amid coronavirus

“We believe that by approaching study of the Holocaust from the perspective of the victims and survivors, we can move students from misunderstanding or indifference to empathy.”

TikTok to update its policy regarding antisemitic content

The app's developers have announced that while content which promotes hate has always been off-limits.

By OMRI RON
24/10/2020
Commemoration ceremony to honor those killed in Pittsburgh attack

Some of the families of congregants killed will also be in attendance at the virtual ceremony.

24/10/2020
A light rail tram runs through Cologne, Germany
German tram gets giant Star of David to celebrate local Jewish life

The new tram look “is a sign against antisemitism and against racism.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/10/2020
Reform Jews satisfied with compromise on World Zionist Organization

This year’s World Zionist Congress is taking place online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/10/2020
For the first time ever, Stockholm has a Swedish-born rabbi

Swedish-born rabbis have worked in other cities but not in Stockholm, which is home to about 4,500 Jews, making it the country’s largest community.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
24/10/2020
UIUC
Complaint filed with Dept. of Education over antisemitism at US university

The students filed the complaint with the assistance of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP alongside the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, in collaboration with the JNF and Hillel.

Friendship story between a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and the son of a nationalist and nazi
Holocaust survivor and Nazi sympathizer's son forge friendship in Belgium

Now the two men, both in their 80s, have forged a close friendship that has become a symbol of reconciliation in their native Belgium.

By REUTERS
23/10/2020
Police stand guard during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania M
Albania first Muslim majority state to adopt IHRA antisemitism definition

Balkan country is first Muslim-majority counties to adopt formally adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Lessons from quarantining with my Holocaust survivor grandmother

She didn’t succumb to gloom; She had the constitution of a survivor.

By EMILY BARASCH/JTA
23/10/2020
Denver Skyline at Sunset, Denver, Colorado
35-year-old Denver Jewish deli closed amid COVID pressure on restaurants

“It’s with a heavy heart that we’ve made the decision to stop compromising the integrity and quality of our renowned Jewish comfort food in order to stay open."

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
23/10/2020
A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London
BBC apologizes for broadcasting appeal of convicted Hamas terrorist

An editorial review by the BBC "found that this segment was in breach of our editorial guidelines."

Yaakov Hagoel elected chairman of WZO executive

Seven hundred twenty delegates and observers from over 30 countries participated in the three-day virtual conference.

Coronavirus casts aliyah through a different lens

As long as there's a plane flying that can land at Ben-Gurion Airport, new immigrants continue to arrive.

By ANNA KRYCER
22/10/2020
Juliana Tal Or: From Massachusetts to Efrat.
Juliana Tal Or on making Aliyah: God will lead the way

"Israel is the most special place in the universe! I wanted to be there."

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
22/10/2020
Trump administration to declare Amnesty, NGOs antisemitic - report

‘Amnesty International is deeply committed to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate worldwide,’ NGO responds.

Antisemitism rising in anti-vaxxer movement, UK study finds

The study analyzed 27 of the leading anti-vaccination groups present on Facebook and Twitter, with 79% of them having content that was deemed antisemitic.

22/10/2020
The official French memorial ceremony, September 15, 2019
Recollections of sheltering from the Holocaust in Saint Martin Vesubie

A memorial walk to the Col de Fenestre pass is held once a year.

By AVRAHAM SCHONBRUNN
22/10/2020
Arieh O'Sullivan and his father Efraim listen to radio news reports during the Yom Kippur War, Octob
Making Aliyah - during the Yom Kippur War

In honor of Aliyah Day on 7 Heshvan, a longtime oleh recounts the first time he saw Israel.

By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN
22/10/2020
Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, President of the International March of the Living
March of the Living launches global initiative to mark Kristallnacht

On November 9, March of the Living will mark the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht with a message of unity and hope through a unique international campaign.

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/antisemitic-mural-resurfaces-at-march-on-washington-2020
European Jewish population at lowest share for a millennium and declining

The study published Wednesday by the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research found 1.3 million people who describe themselves as Jewish in continental Europe.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/10/2020
Russian Jewish Congress thanks Zuckerberg for banning Holocaust denial

Facebook's decision is "a very important step towards addressing online anti-Semitic hate and extremism that has been recently on the rise in social media".

In Argentina, a Jewish businessman starts a kosher meat price war

On Monday, Clarin, Argentina’s largest news site, chronicled the quarrel and quoted both Goldfarb and rabbis involved in the kosher supervision of meat.

By JTA STAFF
22/10/2020
French intervention police
French chief rabbi praises government’s crackdown on radical Islam

The French Interior Ministry has dissolved a Hamas front group as part of a slew of actions prompted by the Oct. 16 beheading of a history teacher near Paris.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/10/2020
Brooklyn may not have COVID-19 rules relaxed despite protests

Cuomo instituted the color-coded zones earlier this month after he criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to impose new restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
22/10/2020
After rent hike, Holocaust museum in Latvia could close

The museum will decide whether or not it can accept the terms of the new lease by Oct. 27.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/10/2020
Jewish aide to LA Mayor takes leave amid sexual misconduct allegations

Jacobs, who served as Garcetti’s chief of staff until 2017 and currently serves as a senior political adviser, announced the leave on Tuesday.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
22/10/2020
A couple share a romantic glass of champagne in the Golan Heights
Queer Jews finding meaning in the laws of family purity

Along with keeping kosher and Shabbat, adherence to the laws of family purity is considered a pillar of observant Jewish life.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
22/10/2020
Preparing to enter the coronavirus ICU at Galilee Medical Center
My two homes: Israel and the US, feel like they’re in collapse. What now?

I’ve spent the last 17 years split between the United States and Israel — and for the first time, I’m not sure I want to be in either place.

By BEN HARTMAN/JTA
22/10/2020
Northwestern University president claims activists antisemitic

Associating Jews with pigs is a centuries-old antisemitic trope traditionally called the “Judensau,” a type of image that depicted Jews engaging in obscene acts with pigs.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/10/2020
Nazi artifacts at a news conference at the Holocaust museum in Buenos Aires
Munich auction house under fire for offering Nazi memorabilia again

The news comes following the head of Germany's domestic security agency warning of rising levels of antisemitism in the country.

21/10/2020
14-year-old arrested under suspicion of assaulting San Diego rabbi

The suspect was taken in on charges of battery and hate crime charges, and is alleged to have assaulted Rabbi Yonatan Halevy on Saturday, October 10.

Improving the world means widening our circles of care

Our Common Destiny Project: Taking responsibility for one another

By DAVID WOLPE
21/10/2020
President Reuven Rivlin surrounded by the signatories who convened at the President's Residence on S
We must work together to ensure our security

Our Common Destiny Project: Ensuring the well being & security of Israel and Jews worldwide

By DINA SIEGEL VANN
21/10/2020
It's time to leave our differences aside and connect

Our Common Destiny Project: Responsibility for Each Other (Comradery)

Participants carry Israeli flags at the 'Celebrate Israel'' parade along Fifth Avenue in New York
Strong Jewish identities will safeguard Israel's future

Our Common Destiny Project: Strengthening Jewish Identity

By DR. LAURA SHAW FRANK
21/10/2020
Google and Twitter will not attend event regarding antisemitism online

The event, held by the US State Department, will feature US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and will be the first of its kind in the department’s history.

By OMRI RON
21/10/2020
A man arrives at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in the Brooklyn borough of New York Decembe
I blew the whistle on the 10,000 person Satmar wedding. Here’s why

My motivation for reporting such irresponsible behavior outweighs the unpleasantness of the online harassment, although I am unfortunately well aware that it could escalate to physical violence.

By NAFTULI MOSTER/JTA
21/10/2020
'Borat' mocks antisemitic COVID-19 conspiracies on Jimmy Kimmel

Cohen hit on three different conspiracy theories: the term “Hollywood elite,” which has been tossed around in everything from decades-old antisemitism about Jews in the media to the more recent QAnon

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/10/2020
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: I regret how I handled Orthodox funeral in April

The comments came in response to a question about a call he held with Orthodox leaders from Brooklyn and Queens Monday night.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
21/10/2020
Trade union leader sorry for telling Jewish ex-banker to 'count his gold'

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the Union, made the remark about Peter Mandelson in an interview aired Monday on the BBC.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Large Hasidic wedding was canceled, a tweet made it look like it happened

The video was taken at the wedding of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum’s grandson in 2006.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
21/10/2020
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo
Two Jewish cemeteries, Holocaust memorial vandalized in Greece

Hate crimes are suspected as the cause behind these events.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Jewish teenager lightly wounded in attack in Uman, Ukraine

The incident late Saturday night occurred near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Prison cell block
Jewish prisoner in Russian penal colony hunger strikes to get Shabbat off

In response, authorities cut his food rations and threatened to further limit his freedom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Amy Barrett helped protect menorahs, religious liberty will be protected

Having worked with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, I have seen her defend the rights of Jewish Americans firsthand.

By NATHAN LEWIN/JTA
21/10/2020
Debra Messing receiving her Hollywood Star of Fame, October 2017
For Debra Messing, antisemitism never goes away, we simply fight it anew

In her latest podcast episode, Messing reflected on antisemitism's influence on her upbringing and political identity.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
20/10/2020
Rivlin: There is no challenge we cannot meet

The 38th World Zionist Congress of the World Zionist Organization opened online.

Zionist orgs delay right-wing, religious deal for WZO

Due to the complaints of the center-left, liberal block, the Zionist organizations voted to delay the vote on the WZO officials.

Former vice president Joe Biden (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right)
American Jews say Biden better for US-Israel relations - poll

The survey focused on a wide variety of topics of interest to American Jews, ranging from the 2020 US presidential election, Israel-US relations, Iran and Jewish identity.

20/10/2020
New York Times criticized for positive op-ed on antisemite Louis Farrakhan

Farrakhan has been labeled an extremist by the Anti-Defamation League and numerous other groups for a slew of antisemitic comments made over the years.

20/10/2020
Swastikas are not antisemitic, according to Paris criminal court

"Something is not right in the functioning of justice," said the League Against Racism and Antisemitism.

NYC 'End Jew Hate' protest demands apology from Cuomo

The protest intends to invoke a "public apology" for the "hurtful and bigoted statements" from the governor's office.

Zionist orgs demand changes to WZC coalition agreement

The organizations said that a new “wall-to-wall” coalition agreement was needed “in a spirit of peace and agreement” between all parties of the congress.

Jewish GOP congressional candidate calls George Soros a Nazi

Eric Early, a Republican who is running for Congress in California, tweeted Sunday, “Nazi sympathizer Soros is a danger to our nation.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
19/10/2020
Nazi Swastika
Dutch anti-coronavirus restriction protesters shout 'Heil Hitler'

The protest numbered around 200-300 people who began marching throughout the city streets after first gathering outside the stadium of the FC Den Bosch soccer team.

'Jewish Journal of Los Angeles' ceases print publication, moves online

Publisher and editor-in-chief David Suissa said he hopes the print version of the paper will return once synagogues open again.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
19/10/2020
Israeli cultural attache named one of France's women of culture

"Recently we have seen that our place in society is not guaranteed," said Agam Ben-David, addressing recent difficulties faced by many involved in the Israeli culture industry during the pandemic.

Orthodox Jews of the Satmar Hasidim in the village of Kiryas Joel, New York
NY synagogue scraps wedding due to 'unwarranted' COVID violation claims

The synagogue supposedly took precautions to ensure the wedding would abide by regulations and not attract 10,000 attendees, but “nobody verified our plans before attacking us.”

The JDC office in Jerusalem
JDC announces Ariel Zwang as new CEO

The announcement comes following months of internal strife and factional tension in the JDC regarding the search for a new CEO.

People wearing protective masks walk in a shopping street amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brussels
Brussels Times uses photo of haredi Jew for coronavirus worldwide article

The photo comes as conflict in both New York and Israel was sparked surrounding haredi gatherings in large quantities despite coronavirus regulations.

18/10/2020
Orthodox Jews of the Satmar Hasidim in the village of Kiryas Joel, New York
10,000 expected to attend Satmar wedding in New York despite coronavirus

The sheriff's department has ordered the wedding be postponed or canceled, should it not be limited to 50 people.

French teacher’s murder: Jewish groups urge rally against Islamic terror

CRIF, the umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, called on its followers to show up for the rally in Paris’ Republique Square, citing the “escalating nature of Islamist attacks.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/10/2020
Meet the Jewish-Azeri soldier on the front lines in Nagorno-Karabakh

"I am proud to be here myself, liberating lands which were conquered more than 30 years ago. My friends and I truly believe this."

18/10/2020
Holocaust survivor’s daughter wants mother’s interview out of Borat sequel

Cohen approached Evans for an interview in what he called a documentary earlier this year, the lawsuit states.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/10/2020
A man arrives at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in the Brooklyn borough of New York Decembe
Satmar leader who called to follow health rules, dies of COVID-19 at 70

Mayer Rispler, 70, died Friday, according to Vos Iz Neias, an Orthodox news site.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
17/10/2020
Ultra-Orthodox residents walk through of the Mea She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem, August 2020
Rabbi Art Green (still) believes Hasidic ideas are key to modern Judaism

Green spoke with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in August about his forthcoming book, how Hasidic Jews became conservatives.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
17/10/2020
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