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.

Chief Operating Officer of MercadoLibre poses at company's headquarters in Sao Paulo

Latin America’s largest online retailer removing antisemitic objects

The company is removing books such as “Mein Kampf” and “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” in addition to other Nazi coins, posters and memorabilia.

By JTA STAFF
25/02/2021

What Jewish comedians made of Michael Che’s Israel Joke

It was a joke Jews and even Israelis might tell each other, but which becomes uncomfortable and even anti-Jewish when released into the wild.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
25/02/2021
A healthcare worker treats a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient inside a COVID-19 unit

Bess Soffer, 68, Jewish community leader whose last words were ‘group hug’

The last communication she had with her family over FaceTime had her holding up her hands in the shape of a heart.

By SHIRA FEDER/JTA
25/02/2021

Transgender Jews are finding a safe haven in an unexpected place: the farm

“I went to Adamah because everyone was telling me this is like a great queer place to learn, like you will meet many trans and queer Jews there,” said Kohanski.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
24/02/2021

Genesis Prize Foundation will honor Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Foundation will recognize Rabbi Lord Sacks’ legacy and will produce a documentary about his life's work.

The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to

UAE Jewish community gears up for Purim and 24-hour megillah reading

“Purim has poignant relevance for Jews of the Diaspora. At times we hide our identities and at other times we reveal and assert that we are Jewish."

Sacha Baron Cohen says his days of disguise pranks are over

While filming the sequel to the massively popular 2006 “Borat” film last year, he said he feared for his life when told that he should wear a bulletproof vest to a gun rally.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/02/2021
Fox host Pete Hegseth and National Council of Young Israel Vice President Joe Frager in the settleme

After spat over support of Trump, Young Israel council replaces board

The council represents more than 100 Orthodox synagogues across the country.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/02/2021

Why the anti-Putin protest movement divides Russian Jews

The Putin government’s treatment of the LGBTQ and Muslim communities has been decidedly different.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/02/2021

Ruderman foundation ends disability giving, opens void in Jewish inclusion

The family foundation announced the change in a news release in September that drew little attention.

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
23/02/2021
David Dangoor: Prayers as rectification.

Dangoor family gives largest-ever donation to world's oldest think tank

The donation, totaling some £2million, is being made through the family's charitable foundation, The Exilarch's Foundation

Mayim Bialik breaks down Purim, explains why it is 'lit'

"Drinking, cross-dressing, partying all night, letting it all hang out – oh yes friends, it is Purim."

'Antisemitism is never funny': Christian group condemns Che's SNL joke

Stereotypical jokes have been "used widely, throughout the generations, to persecute and attack Jews, and even as triggers for genocide."

US President Barack Obama (not pictured) announces Judge Merrick Garland (R) of the United States Co

Merrick Garland held back tears describing family fleeing antisemitism

“I come from a family where my grandparents fled antisemitism and persecution,” the erudite and soft-spoken judge said before pausing for several seconds to gather himself.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
23/02/2021

‘Jew cookies,’ a Dutch dessert staple, are getting a new name

The name change comes at a time when companies the world over are assessing their product lines to ensure that they are culturally appropriate — a reckoning that is hitting the food world hard.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/02/2021
Cast member Carano poses at the premiere for the television series "The Mandalorian" in Los Angeles

Gina Carano says post was not comparing conservatives to Jews in Holocaust

The social media post got her fired from the hit “Star Wars” show “The Mandalorian” two weeks ago.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
23/02/2021

Canada charges political party leader with promoting antisemitism

The arrest of Travis Patron stemmed from a 2019 social network video called “Beware the Parasitic Tribe”

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
23/02/2021

Photos depicting life in Lodz Ghetto donated to Boston museum

The Lodz Ghetto, which existed for more than four years, was the second-largest set up by the Nazis.

By PENNY SCHWART/ JTA
23/02/2021
CPAC Trump

CPAC cancels speaker who said Judaism is a ‘complete lie’

The theme of this year’s CPAC is “America Uncanceled.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
23/02/2021

Amsterdam mayor wants city's museum to return $22m Nazi-looted painting

“Returning this artwork will mean a lot to the victims and is important for acknowledging the injustice perpetrated,” Halsema wrote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/02/2021

The AJC wants ‘Saturday Night Live’ to apologize for vaccine joke

“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,” Michael Che, the co-host of SNL’s news parody, “Weekend Update,” said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
23/02/2021
A MEMBER of a neo-Nazi party gives a salute outside a speech by Richard Spencer on the campus of Mic

Polish historian resigns over 2007 photos of him performing Nazi salute

Last week, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily published the pictures from 2007 of Greniuch extending his right arm in a gesture similar to the Nazi salute during a meeting of the far-right ONR group. which

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/02/2021

Danny Danon re-elected as World Likud Chairman

Danon's five-year term will last until 2026, giving him a base for his political comeback.

22/02/2021
Eric Fingerhut

JFNA to help thousands of institutions apply for federal security grant

CEO: “We’re going to dramatically increase the number of professional assessments that are being done as part of this round of grant application.”

German president lauds Jewish culture in Germany, warns of antisemitism

Steinmeier added that Jewish contributions to German culture "made a decisive contribution" to Germany's emergence into the Modern Age.

An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020

Orthodox Amazon sellers say they’re squeezed by 6-day-a-week shipping rule

Orthodox sellers make up a disproportionate share of third-party sellers, according to a 2019 Buzzfeed report that explored the connections between Amazon’s marketplace and Orthodox communities.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
22/02/2021

Jewish communities in Texas battle lowest temperatures in century

“I think the thaw is somewhat worse than the freeze,” Feist noted. “I didn't have power. I had intermittent power from Sunday. And now I have about four pipes that have burst in my house.”

Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York

Jewish orgs. in America advocating for social justice, advocate education

Two organizations have announced a strategic partnership to support the alumni of the Repair the World Fellowship and staff by offering reduced tuition to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor in Rome

The pope's visit was met with praise by the World Jewish Congress.

21/02/2021
A Jewish man who identified himself as Andrew protests the oppression of China's Uighurs outside the

Britain: Jews lead fight against the oppression of China's Uighur Muslims

For British Jewry, the effort is akin to the fight by American Jews 15 years ago against the genocide in Darfur.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

European tribunal: Bulgarian courts failed to punish Holocaust denier

Among the remarks by Siderov was his assertion in a book from 2002 about “the great hoax called the Holocaust — the account that 6,000,000 Jews were gassed and burned.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

Gabe Plotkin says he received antisemitic messages after GameStop saga

The number of Jews involved in the saga made the situation ripe for antisemitic exploitation.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/02/2021
Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew”

Hate mail to French-Jewish lawmaker tells her to ‘prepare for the camps’

Earlier this month, pig meat was left at two other synagogues in Switzerland.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

Assailant who beat up Jewish man near German synagogue will not go to jail

Dozens of members of the Jewish community protested the ruling in front of the Hamburg prosecutor’s office earlier this week.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

Holland: Torah scroll, hidden from the Nazis, now returns to Jewish hands

The scroll, which appears to be intact and has been kept in excellent condition since World War II, belonged to a synagogue in the southern city of Dordrecht.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/02/2021

Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and others to perform the Book of Esther

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a puppet character voiced by Jewish comedian Robert Smigel, will join the festivities this Purim.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
19/02/2021

Jewish reality-like program puts spotlight on artists, viewers, and craft

“It really bothered me because making a nice Hanukkah sweater is something I always wanted to do.”

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
19/02/2021
Scene from the fantasy film 'Black Panther'

NC leader: 'Agnostic Jew' made Black Panther to reach 'Schvartze pockets'

“His refusal to apologize is troubling and unacceptable to us,” said Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “These kind of comments have no place in our society.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/02/2021
Kosher Palate, a kosher restaurant in Dallas, prepares thousands of free hot meals to serve to Ortho

In a Texas battered by cold, Jewish communities join a desperately needed response

So far, the group has gotten aid to seniors and people without electricity. Synagogues and their congregants are offering shelter to those without power.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
19/02/2021

French comedian Dieudonné ordered to pay €9,000 for antisemitic 'choaa' song

This song, posted in June 2017 features the following lyrics: “I'm hot in my head at the barbecue. If the merguez is kosher, I may have a cord around my neck.”

A view of Romania's Holocaust Memorial, unveiled in 2009.

Ex-intel officer convicted in 1st use of Romania's Holocaust denial law

“It is the first conviction for Holocaust denial and it is a strong message from the legal system, one that shows significant progress,” said Alexandru Muraru.

By FRANK ELBERS/JTA
19/02/2021
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio marches alongside Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the Celebrate Israel P

Bill de Blasio calls Israel ‘a fundamentally progressive concept’

De Blasio was asked if he was concerned about a rise in support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement “on the left.” He said the vast majority of liberal Democrats oppose the movement.

By GABE FRIEDMAN
19/02/2021

Auction house suspends document sale Jews say was stolen during Holocaust

The ledger disappeared during the Holocaust and therefore is “stolen property,” the letter said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
19/02/2021

Jon Ossoff, Shira Haas and Doja Cat make Time’s 100 emerging leaders list

Ossoff, the millennial who was sworn into Congress with multiple totems of his heritage, helped Democrats regain control of the Senate along with fellow Georgian Raphael Warnock.

By GABE FRIEDMAN
19/02/2021
A mezuzah

Mezuzah smashed, swastika carved into doorframe of Jewish student’s home

The Maastricht University student discovered the damage to his mezuzah, an object containing scripture on parchment that Jews affix to their doorframes.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/02/2021
George Shultz, with book, at a 2017 Limmud FSU conference with, from left to right, Julius Berman, N

George Shultz hailed by Jewish leaders for helping free Soviet Jews

“He felt a special bond to the American Jewish community. Everyone could sense his humility, his integrity, the sincerity of his views, and his commitment and support for Israel."

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
19/02/2021

Zach Banner, Black athletes hold online panel about fighting antisemitism

After Jackson shared antisemitic language by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on social media last summer, an array of Black public figures spoke out about antisemitism in the Black community.

By GABE FRIEDMAN
19/02/2021
Pandemic Purim (Illustration by Rebecca Kerzner)

Second pandemic Purim: I'm focusing on giving to the poor

A number of people sent corona-themed mishloach manot or dressed up like Corona beer, but we all thought that this would pass well before we had set our tables for the Passover Seder.

By SHARON WEISS-GREENBERG
19/02/2021
Mati Esther Engel, bottom right, a performance artist, ritualist and spiritual care practitioner, sp

Innovative Jewish groups seek respect from the mainstream

The mainstream synagogues in town view Kesher Pittsburgh as direct competition.

By GARY ROSENBLATT
19/02/2021
GIRL OR penguin? in costume on an overpass on Purim in South Williamsburg, New York, 2014.

Purim: Jews have found their diaspora selves in the holiday tale

'Esther in America' faithfully tracks the fascination of individuals and some groups with the characters and stories of the biblical book as well as the arc of America.

LEGENDARY LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws out the first pitch at the 2017 World Series.

Rediscovering the past: A Jewish childhood in a racially-diverse LA

Inner-city LA mixing of Jews, other groups in the 1960s

By BEN FISHER
18/02/2021

Irit Amiel, Holocaust survivor and renowned author, dies at 89 in Israel

Amiel was born in 1931 as Irena Librowicz in Poland. After surviving the ghetto in Częstochowa, she emigrated to Israel in 1948 where she has lived ever since.

This 2017 billboard in Budapest was part of a Hungarian government campaign to “demonize Soros.

How Poland, Hungary, Russia & UK Labour Party use antisemitism in politics

On Russia, the report states that the country under President Vladimir Putin weaponized antisemitism by exaggerating its prevalence in Ukraine.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/02/2021

Overnight camps can open this year, NY governor announces

Now, camps will be allowed to open starting in June provided that COVID-19 cases continue to fall, Cuomo announced Wednesday.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/02/2021

A Holocaust refugee’s son is one of the most powerful politicians in Congo

Moises Katumbi does not define himself as Jewish, “but he has a warm connection to Judaism and Israel.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/02/2021

Meet the Yemeni-Jewish musician singing soulful Jewish R&B

You probably wouldn’t consider jazzy, soulful R&B to fall under the umbrella of “Jewish music,” but Jewish-Canadian singer-songwriter Erez Zobary is here to shatter that assumption.

By SAM SHEPHERD/JTA
18/02/2021
Members of the Neo-nazi Nordic Resistance Movement march through the town of Ludvika, 2018

‘The Jew is guilty,’ 300 neo-Nazis attend rare gathering in Spain

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain in a statement Monday called on prosecutors to launch an investigation into incitement to violence and discrimination.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/02/2021

Argentina Jews criticize former president after death for AMIA scandal

In its statement on Sunday, DAIA also condemned Menem’s decision in 1989 to pardon generals responsible for abuses during the country’s so-called “Dirty War” during the 1970s and ’80s.

By JTA STAFF
17/02/2021

Flagship New Jersey yeshiva cancels Purim celebrations

Ocean County health authorities have reported 11,369 COVID-19 cases in Lakewood since the start of the pandemic.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
17/02/2021

Ari Gold, yeshiva student-turned-pop star and LGBTQ icon, dies at 47

Gold released seven albums, worked with homeless gay youth and worked to raise awareness about AIDS. While no longer Orthodox, he stayed connected to his Jewish identity.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/02/2021

Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev makes Australian Open history

He’s only the second qualifier in history to make it to the Australian Open semifinals.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
16/02/2021

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef endorses Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States

Association of over 40 rabbis in 14 Muslim-majority countries helps local Jewish communities with communal needs and relations with governments

CNN host Jake Tapper

CNN anchor uses Trump lawyer's Judaism to lampoon trial

The CNN news anchor, who is also Jewish, reminded David Schoen of some biblical verses.

Israel policy set to play a role in Ohio special congressional race

The Ohio race, to replace Marcia Fudge, whom Biden has tapped to be Housing Secretary, is the first 2021 stage for the Israel-related battle.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/02/2021
Apartheid Week

Legal firm offers to represent Zionist organizations across US campuses

It will request that universities provide students with equal rights and an environment free of racism.

Why Antony Blinken is a symbol of solidarity between US, Ukrainian Jews

While Jews in Ukraine faced near-constant persecution, in the United States, where religious freedom was greater protected, many Jews began to thrive.

By BORIS LOZHKIN
15/02/2021

Six Gulf states’ Jews unite in Beth Din of Arabia

Organization to include communities from UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

iCenter launches first cohort in Experiential Israel Education program

The program was under development for several years, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed the launch forward, the program now being entirely virtual.

Jason Biggs' dog

Jason Biggs jokes: I'll be unemployed if Hollywood realizes I'm not a Jew

He also joked that if his marriage falls apart, he’ll be in trouble.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2021

Jewish parents of Parkland victims remember their kids three years later

On the third anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents of the shooting’s Jewish victims shared their memories and hopes.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/02/2021

‘Who are we?’: Asian American Jews explore their identities in new series

The series is the brainchild of two recent college students who found themselves craving a way to get to know other people whose identities overlapped with their own.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
15/02/2021

Criminal background checks for immigrants now standard, other gaps remain

Although all new immigrants must now present a criminal background check to make aliyah, other holes remain which can be abused by sex offenders to gain entry to Israel.

American Zionist Movement to honor Herzl's 'Der Judenstaat', 125 years on

The initiative coincides with the 125th anniversary of the February 4, 1896 publication of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl's Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State).

NFL star Zack Banner to host virtual Athletes Against Antisemitism event

Co-hosting will be Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Israeli-American Washington Mystics basketball player Alysha Clark.

UC Berkeley receives $10m. to ensure "lasting legacy" for Jewish studies

The endowment was made in honor of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla lit the 7th nigh candle of Hanukkah

Pfizer CEO shares his family's tragic story during the Holocaust

Bourla's parents were of 2,000 survivors from a community of 50,000 nearly eradicated by the Holocaust in Thessaloniki, Greece where he was born.

By GADI ZAIG
13/02/2021

Portuguese politician implies Jewish finance behind Israel vaccine success

His tweet prompted an unusual repudiation several days later by the country’s second-largest party.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/02/2021
STATUE of the Ten Commandments is seen after it was installed on the grounds of the state Capitol in

Court challenges Arkansas law that aims to ban the boycott Israel movement

In 2017, the state passed the law, which financially penalizes companies that do not renounce the boycott Israel movement. A federal Arkansas judge dismissed a challenge to it in 2019.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/02/2021

With fusion Emirati-Jewish dishes, a kosher chef blossoms in Dubai

Diners in the UAE have been finding their way to Jewish culture — via the home cooking of a South African expatriate for almost a year before the treaty establishing diplomatic relations.

By ASMA ALI ZAIN/JTA
13/02/2021

Argentine Jewish leader gets police protection after antisemitic threats

He also previously received anonymous messages urging DAIA to remove itself from the complaint that accused former president and current vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

By JTA STAFF
13/02/2021
Crematorium II in Auschwitz-Birkenau 1945 by artist and Holocaust survivor Yehuda Bacon

French Holocaust survivor's son equates Jews to lambs

Arno Klarsfeld said on television that a lamb at a slaughterhouse is the same as a Jew arriving at the gas chamber.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/02/2021

Holocaust survivor and her rabbi son punched on London bus

Witnesses said the woman told the alleged victims, “I hate you Jews. It’s not your place. You took our money” before striking them.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/02/2021

Diego Schwartzman loses in third round upset at Australian Open

At last year’s Australian Open, Schwartzman lost in the fourth round to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
13/02/2021

Genesis 123 conference to celebrate aliyah of Ethiopian Jews

Former Miss Israel Yityish Ayanaw will take part in a Wednesday online discussion aimed to pool together resources from Christian and Jewish communities to restore one of Israel’s ‘Lost Tribes'.

Three BDS resolutions defeated at Florida State University

The resolutions were tabled by the Student Senate President Ahmad Daraldik at FSU, who allegedly has been known for making antisemitic statements.

Boris Johnson calls ultra-Orthodox forced marriages 'despicable, inhuman'

Forced marriages have "no place whatsoever in Britain or anywhere in the world," PM's spokesperson said.

Holocaust memorial in Yerevan, Armenia vandalized

“The desecration of any memorial is extremely unacceptable, moreover the kind of memorials which are related to the minorities living in the city," said the mayor of the city.

china jews

First female Chinese-American rabbi: ‘Two peoples, two traditions’

“I was lucky that not having Asian or multiracial rabbis never made me think it was something that I couldn’t do.”

NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, asked about improving secular education at yeshivas, said "we sho

Yang hints at hands-off approach to yeshiva education, NYC campaign

Organizations that oppose government scrutiny of secular education at the Jewish private schools were quick to praise Yang for his comments.

By HANNAH DREYFUS/JTA
12/02/2021

Arizona Jewish Post shuts down after 75 years

The Jewish Community Federation of Southern Arizona, which owns and operates the Post, announced the closure in an email to subscribers this week.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
12/02/2021

Painting on NYC mayoral candidate’s wall might be portrait of a rabbi

Raymond McGuire, who has never run for public office before, has raised more than $5 million in his mayoral campaign.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
12/02/2021
Rabbi Ed Stafman poses with his family in an undated campaign photo in Bozeman, Mont., in 2020. (Ed

This Montana rabbi cites Jewish law in the state legislature

Stafman, a Democrat, leaned into his rabbinic identity as he campaigned to represent one of the most liberal districts in Montana.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
12/02/2021

Amar’e Stoudemire travels everywhere with an antique golden menorah

In an interview with Bloomberg published Wednesday, Stoudemire said he brings an “antique gold menorah” with him wherever he goes.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/02/2021

Antisemitic flyer in German tram blames Jews for the COVID pandemic

Several German protests against coronavirus restrictions have featured antisemitic rhetoric and comparisons of the restrictions to what Jews went through in the Holocaust.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
12/02/2021

Itzhak Perlman, Rep. Jamie Raskin and rabbi call for disability advocacy

The renowned musician and conductor Perlman spoke of his experience at a recent online panel organized as part of Jewish Disability Advocacy Month.

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
12/02/2021
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