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.

POLICE SURVEY the area from atop a University of Florida building before a white nationalist event i
Florida State University adopts IHRA's definition of antisemitism

On top of this announcement, the university's president, John Thrasher, that the staff will now have to partake in an annual training program meant tor make the campus.

Nick Cannon to AJC: 'I come from a Black and Jewish family'

“My great-grandfather was a Spanish rabbi. He’s a Sephardic Jewish man," said Cannon.

Kansas City police officers on patrol
Daughter charged with murder of beloved Jewish woman in Kansas City

"Without her the world is damp and gray, and everything is colder."

Anti-Defamation Commission condemns Facebook for selling Nazi-like items

"At a time of a dramatic rise in antisemitism and racism against ethnic minorities, to have such poisonous objects on Facebook only helps to inflame the embers of discrimination and extremism."

By SARAH CHEMLA
14/08/2020
Russian-speaking young Jews from the Former Soviet Union came together and experienced Israel throug
Birthright Israel launches first-ever interactive tour

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ allows anyone to experience Israel like a Birthright Israel participant for a day

Would a Jewish day school accommodate a gender-fluid child?

Keene said she was inspired to call out Oakland Hebrew Day by name after hearing about another family who said their transgender child was also not welcomed by the Orthodox Jewish school.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
14/08/2020
In Belarus, young Jews among those picked off, jailed amid protest

The protests were triggered by the Aug. 9 presidential elections, which are widely seen to be rigged. Lukashenko claimed to have won about 80% of the vote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/08/2020
US Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 14, 2019
Kamala Harris’ Yiddish nickname shows closeness with her Jewish family

Mamele, which uses the affectionate Yiddish diminutive -le, literally means “little mama” and is a term of endearment for moms.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
14/08/2020
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Reform movement gets $600,000 grant to support racial justice, diversity

The movement will work to recruit a more diverse staff and board with a focus on racial justice, a statement said.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
14/08/2020
What do North America Jewish organizations think of UAE-Israel deal?

Israel agreed to suspend its planned extension of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria to facilitate relations with the UAE and potentially other Arab and Muslim countries.

Alan Dershowitz hits back at Netflix over Epstein-linked allegations

AMERICAN AFFAIRS: The famed defense attorney finds the tables turned as he faces the fight of his life amid underage sex allegations connected to Jeffrey Epstein.

14/08/2020
'Revenge of the Elders of Zion': Fighting antisemitism meets dark humor

Imaginative and entertaining is an apt description of the novel as a whole. It does not fit neatly into any standard genre. It is essentially a fast-moving thriller.

A STAR of David on a synagogue.
Weisenthal Centre demands France place guards at Jewish institutions

“In view of the rising number of violent attacks on Jewish citizens, it is time to bring back the armed military to guard Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues, schools and other community institutions.”

By SARAH CHEMLA
13/08/2020
Chapel Hill
Cawthorn’s visit to Hitler’s vacation home alarms his NC district’s Jews

The candidate, Madison Cawthorn, is running to represent western North Carolina in Congress.

By BEN SALES/JTA
13/08/2020
A synagogue is in the middle of the Kodak insider trading investigation

At the center of the controversy is one mysterious synagogue.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
14/08/2020
Antisemitism
Non-Jewish assemblywoman in NY targeted in antisemitic attack

Seawright is a member of the Assembly’s Jewish caucus and her husband is Jewish.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
13/08/2020
Baltimore Jewish community helps out those impacted by explosion

Two people were killed and four people were hospitalized in serious condition.

13/08/2020
Arabic video on Jewish ties to Jerusalem aims to foster co-existence

The video is the fourth released by the AJC as part of its Arabic-language series "An al-Yahud," ("About the Jews"), which aims to build engagement between Arabs and Jews.

RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
StandWithUs launches Rabbis United communal network initiative

The idea behind the initiative is to assist rabbis and their communities in combating antisemitism and instances of anti-Israel activity by connecting them to StandWithUs’ services.

From Gaza to Paraguay? The Israeli government's 1969 transfer plans

The plan was approved in the same year as the Mossad stopped hunting Nazis, including in Paraguay, where notorious doctor Josef Mengele and many other Nazis were living at the time.

Urban Dictionary tweets allegedly antisemitic definition of 'anti-Zionism'

Many Twitter users were outraged with the retweet of anti-Zionism and accompanying definition given by Urban Dictionary, many deeming it antisemitic.

 Yaakov Shwekey
Orthodox music star Shwekey performs pro-Trump song at Jewish summer camp

The original song is about the repeated oppression of the Jewish people throughout history. The rewritten song is a prayer for Donald Trump to win reelection.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/08/2020
Screenshots from Madison Cawthorn's Instagram account show pictures from a 2017 visit to the site of
Rep. NC Congress candidate deletes pictures from his stay at Hitler's

In addition to calling Hitler “Führer,” a term of reverence, Cawthorn also named his real estate company SPQR, a term popular among white nationalists.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
12/08/2020
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
NJ man pleads guilty to threatening Orthodox Jews in March

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to threatening the Jewish community of Lakewood over violations of the state’s lockdown rules that took place there in March.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
12/08/2020
A man points at a gold star inside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York
Holocaust museum in New York plans to reopen in September

New York’s museums have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and have still not been given the green light to reopen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
12/08/2020
DETAILS ON a Jewish grave in Poland
Dozens of Jewish headstones discovered under Polish town’s market square

The headstones, which were uncovered during construction work that began in June, have been removed and stored by the municipality, which will consult Jewish community officials on what to do next.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/08/2020
Nazis who killed children ran German children’s homes after the war

After World War II, both Werner Scheu and Albert Viethen were among a group of former Nazi officials who ran children’s homes in West Germany where torture, abuse and malnourishment were commonplace.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/08/2020
HolocaustFaceMasks.com stops selling the masks and plans to shut down

A website dedicated to selling face masks featuring images of the Holocaust has stopped selling the masks and said it would shut down on Aug. 11.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/08/2020
A still from the movie ‘1945’ showing the two Jewish protagonists at a railway station in rural Hung
Hungary’s Jewish group expels rabbi who said Zionism causing new Holocaust

It’s an unusual development for Eastern and Central Europe, where leaders of Jewish communities are rarely expelled and seldom express acrimonious public criticism of Israel.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/08/2020
Stephen Jacobs has designed two Holocaust memorials in Europe.
Architect designed a memorial honoring Albanians who saved Jews

Jacobs, 81, agreed to work on the memorial after learning that Albania was the only country in Europe that had more Jews after World War II than it did before.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
12/08/2020
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French Jewish man assaulted in a violent antisemitic attack in Paris

“Dirty Jew! Dirty Jewish son of a whore, you’re a dead man! We will kill you! Dirty Race!”

By SARAH CHEMLA
13/08/2020
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris launches her campaign for President of the United States
What do Jewish voters need to know about Kamala Harris?

Harris is seen as a strong supporter with ties to AIPAC, the country’s largest pro-Israel lobby, and unlike some Democrats has not broached the idea of conditioning aid to Israel.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/08/2020
Facebook updates policy on antisemitism, moving closer to IHRA definition

"We’re updating our policies to more specifically account for certain kinds of implicit hate speech or stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world," Facebook said.

Will NY Orthodox communities be undercounted due to shortened census?

In Borough Park, only 49.2% of residents filled out the census in 2010, the last year it was conducted, compared to 61.9% across New York City.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
11/08/2020
People wearing protective face masks use a smartphone on a street amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concer
Youth more affected by coronavirus than elderly in Jewish community study

Seniors reported to have had less stress at the hand of mental health decline caused by social isolation than youth, in addition to more financial ease.

11/08/2020
Elderly patient hit by UK hospital worker after being identified as Jewish

“We can confirm that we recently received a complaint about an alleged assault that is said to have occurred a few weeks ago on one of our wards,"

Kazakhstan adds Chabad leader's grave to national heritage site list

Thousands of pilgrims travel each year to his gravesite in Almaty, the largest city in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/08/2020
Memorials in Germany remember the family of Israeli ambassador’s wife

There are nearly 80,000 such memorials in Germany and elsewhere in Europe; the brass blocks are etched with dates of birth and death.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
11/08/2020
Vatican marks life of Jewish-born saint who died in Auschwitz gas chamber

Beatified as St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross in 1987, the saint was born in 1891 as Edith Stein.

11/08/2020
Billionaire investor George Soros speaks to the audience at the Schumpeter Award in Vienna, Austria
Bulgaria's Jews slam deputy PM for George Soros conspiracy comment

The backlash against these comments come on the 32nd day of the ongoing protests in Bulgaria, calling on the government to step down.

11/08/2020
Ignorance on Zionism leads to antisemitism

The dramatic change in campuses like USC that were previously beacons of hope for Jewish students demonstrates how severe the situation is with rise in antisemitism.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying a sign reading "DBS" (Divestment, Boycott, and Sanctions) mar
How to stop antisemitism during a pandemic

The blatant bigotry against Jews has relentlessly risen on campuses.

By AVI D. GORDON
10/08/2020
Members of Team Israel
Former MLB player Decker says antisemitism is ‘rampant’ in pro baseball

And in 2012, Decker said he was at a bar with teammates when a group of girls asked him to leave the table when they found out he was Jewish.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
10/08/2020
Summer camp [Illustrative]
American Jewish summer camps spoiled for choice with virtual engagement

But to fill the summer void, almost all the 150 Jewish overnight camps in the US and Canada have offered virtual programming.

Jewish student verbally assaulted in English pub

The man, claiming he was German, said that the student "looks like a Jew" and that "we should have f**king gassed the lot of you."

Christian Solidarity Worldwide names Scot Bower as new CEO

Scot Bower became CSW's COO in 2016, coming from a background in charity leadership - previously serving as a director at 24-7 Prayer and The Sailor's Society.

Jewish support for Ilhan Omar?

In an op-ed published on Medium, one Jewish voter says, "she is exactly the kind of leader" the Jewish people need.

By DANIEL NISINMAN , TOBIAS SIEGAL
11/08/2020
One Israeli killed, one injured in Ecuador prison riots

Convict Shai Dahan, 38, was found lifeless in his cell at Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil by officers during a riot.

09/08/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Instagram page shares stories of antisemitism on campus

The page was made to "provide a safe space for Jews of all backgrounds to speak up against antisemitism on college campuses."

A family have breakfast outside their home at a Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen
Yemeni Jewish family reunited after 15 years apart with help of UAE

"I never imagined seeing them again. I never imagined hugging them," said one family member.

Police arrest man for allegedly breaking into Massachusetts synagogue

On Wednesday, police responded to a report from Temple Emanuel Sinai and found a broken window as well as other physical damage.

08/08/2020
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Anti-Defamation Commission calls on auction to block sale of Nazi flag

In reference to its connection to Neo-Nazism, Dr. Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, said that Nazi memorabilia has inspired white supremacist attacks.

08/08/2020
Elliott Abrams named envoy on Iran issues

Axios on Thursday reported that Abrams would replace Brian Hook, who is stepping down from the Iran job.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
08/08/2020
IJV representative: Annexation is 'death knell' to prospect of just peace

A wide range of Montrealers plan to demonstrate against the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.

RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
Dutch rabbis warn: Blow shofar sparingly, outside amid coronavirus crisis

Rabbis “should consider inviting congregations to go out to the synagogue’s yard and blow the shofar there, outside the actual building."

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/08/2020
The Ashkenazi Synagogue of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan synagogue not evicted after construction company drops lawsuit

The firm withdrew its lawsuit during a court hearing on Aug. 5.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/08/2020
David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force chief, is stepping down

Goldfein, 60, stepped down as scheduled on Thursday.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
08/08/2020
17% of American Jews attended a virtual prayer service in July

Eighty percent of American Jews don’t want special exemptions for houses of worship to reopen — essentially the same percentage as Americans as a whole (79%) and American Christians (74%).

By BEN SALES/JTA
08/08/2020
Douglas Macgregor
Jewish groups take aim at Trump’s pick for ambassador to Germany

Jewish groups have put the man under fire for his past statements about Muslim immigrants and for downplaying the importance of Nazi history.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
08/08/2020
British rapper Wiley
British rapper Wiley's MBE, honor award, under review by UK Cabinet

Wiley was appointed The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award in the the 2018 New Years Honours for his services to music.

USC Bovard Auditorium
SWC exhorts USC to 'take action' after student resigned over anti-Zionism

“When students are hounded out of elected positions in student government, in whole or part, because they identify as Zionists, that constitutes pernicious and ugly acts of hatred."

By SARAH CHEMLA
07/08/2020
NAACP PHILADELPHIA Chapter president Rodney Muhammad
Philadelphia Jewish Federation won’t cooperate with local NAACP

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said it will not work with the local chapter of the NAACP over “an alarming amount of bigoted and anti-Jewish sentiments”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
Dallas prayer service ‘Zoom bombed’ with antisemitic messages

The incident took place on July 30, the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
Polish-language newspaper in Toronto blames Jews for the pandemic

B’nai Brith Canada, an organization that fights antisemitism, has filed a police complaint over the article published twice by the Głos Polski weekly.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
07/08/2020
Delaware to require teaching of the Holocaust and genocide

The bill passed the state legislature unanimously.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
USC student gov't head quit because she was harassed for being pro-Israel

She said the USC student government “has failed to be an inclusive space for numerous communities on campus.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
Ex-Obama health official gives a Rosh Hashanah pep talk on coronavirus

Andy Slavitt, a former Obama administration official who ran Medicare and Medicaid from 2015 to 2017, wants to encourage his fellow Jews to look on the bright side.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
07/08/2020
Rabbi Moshe Wiseberg, a "mohel", or ritual circumciser, holds baby after circumcising him in Israel
Russia has a full-time surgeon whose only job is circumcising Jewish men

The religious Jewish world has created some unusual jobs, but one of the more bizarre surely belongs to Dr. Yeshaya Shafit, who is Russia’s only mohel, or professional circumciser, for adult men.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/08/2020
The Israeli lawyer at the center of Elton John’s privacy breach case

Yisrael Hiller, litigation partner at the Tel Aviv-based, international law firm Asserson, is representing Renate Blauel, Elton John’s ex-wife.

By HANDY BROWN
06/08/2020
When celebrities, antisemitism and Israel collide

A quick review of comments made by predominantly black actors, athletes and musicians reveals that the time-tested tradition of blaming the Jews when things get tough has not gone out of style.

06/08/2020
Russia has a full-time surgeon whose only job is circumcising Jewish men

Dr. Yeshaya Shafit is Russia’s only mohel, or professional circumciser, for adult men.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
06/08/2020
Latvian Jewish org. urges parliament to push property restitution forward

While Latvia has worked to ensure the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust and promote education and historical study on the subject, progress on property restitution has remained slow.

06/08/2020
TRAINING VIRTUAL shlichim online.
Jewish Agency ‘shlichim’ arrive in the virtual space

"We started thinking about ways to incorporate Israel and Israelis as an integral part of the summer’s virtual activities."

Shabbat packages preparation and distribution at the Jewish community of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia,
Jews in Russia fear low levels of antisemitism are temporary

A new study comparing Jewish life in Russia 30 years ago and today finds anxiety about the future

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
06/08/2020
AMSALU AYENEW at the HaTikvah Synagogue in Gondar where he served as a hazzan before his aliyah.
Ensuring the future of the Jewish collective

In the grips of COVID-19, intensifying efforts to care for our global family.

THE UNICORN Rarity displays a Black Lives Matter sign.
Nazis infiltrate ‘My Little Pony’ fandom

How did the fanbase around a children’s show preaching kindness and acceptance become a home for White Supremacists and the far Right?

07/08/2020
A Nazi's salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri.
Four men arrested for hanging ‘Hitler Was Right’ banner on bridge in US

The banner also included a link to a website that contained “bigoted and explicitly racist pronouncements.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/08/2020
The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
NCYI calls on social media to adopt international antisemitism definition

Both Twitter and Facebook have been criticized for allowing antisemitic content to remain on their sites.

This ‘Unorthodox Orthodox’ rabbi is answering all your Jewiest questions

Rabbi Avram Mlotek has made headlines for officiating at gay Jewish weddings and challenging traditional stances against interfaith marriages.

By MOLLY TOLSKY/JTA
05/08/2020
Yosemite National Park
YO SEMITE shirt sales spike at Museum of American Jewish History store

The cream cotton t-shirt features two pine trees over the slogan "YO SEMITE," with logs forming the letters.

TikTok skips Knesset meeting on antisemitic online content

"We are happy to meet with members of the Knesset to address their questions and look forward to engaging with them at the earliest opportunity," TikTok told 'The Jerusalem Post' on Wednesday.

06/08/2020
Holocaust curriculum designed by survivor goes live

The curriculum is the first designed and developed by a living Holocaust survivor, and includes six lesson plans designed by a living Holocaust survivor.

Premiere of Netflix’s 'The Umbrella Academy' season 1 held at the ArcLight Hollywood - Arrivals Feat
'Umbrella Academy' under fire for alleged use of antisemitic tropes

Mainly for their depiction of an underground society of "lizard people" who control the world from the shadows, and a Yiddish-speaking handler who was implied to be Jewish in the series.

Youtube to 'Post': Wiley's channel taken down for 'repeated violations'

The rapper published a series of tweets last month asserting that Jews systematically exploited Black artists.

Former Kansas City Chiefs star tweets Jews involved in pedophilia

Johnson played for the Chiefs until 2009, when he was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the club” for a series of tweets using gay slurs. He was later waived by the team.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/08/2020
President Rivlin received diplomatic credentials from new ambassadors
Austria will allow Holocaust victims' descendants to receive citizenship

The amendment is “in line with Austria’s ongoing endeavour for reconciliation with all those who suffered under the totalitarian Nazi-regime in Austria,” Austria’s government website states.

By MARCY OSTER
05/08/2020
Comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala
French Holocaust denier Alain Soral arrested, his ally Dieudonne banned

Police in France have again arrested Alain Soral, one of the country’s most prominent purveyors of anti-Semitic sentiment.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
05/08/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Jewish, Black historical Virginia cemeteries vandalized with Nazi symbol

The triskele, or triskelion, looks like three interlocking sevens and was one of many ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis and later by white supremacist groups.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/08/2020
BDS ‘Jew-hater’ convicted for violent assault in Germany

Conviction appears to be the first criminal penalty for violent BDS activity

The story of Jewish Salonica

Historian Prof. Sarah Abrevaya Stein follows the Sephardi Levy family of Salonica from the end of the 19th century through the city’s transformation into present-day Greek Thessaloniki.

By YAËLLE AZAGURY
12/08/2020
The contribution of Indian Jews to Israel

Little do the people of Israel and world Jewry know that the Jews of India, known as Bene Israel, were actively involved with fructifying their dream of a return to Zion way back from about 1830.

By NISSIM MOSES
12/08/2020
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
ZOA calls on HIAS to sever ties with Hamas-linked organization

IRW has been labeled a terrorist organization by Israel, as well as other nations and banks, due to its funding and ties of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Alexander Vindman decries Trump’s 'efforts to undermine democracy'

Vindman had been set to be promoted to colonel, but learned that Trump planned to block his promotion.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/08/2020
Amid coronavirus, a rabbi and dad is starting an online Jewish day school

Yesod represents one of countless efforts by enterprising parents trying to manage uncertainty around schooling that would have been unimaginable just six months ago.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
04/08/2020
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