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.

World Mizrachi secures $2 million for Masa Israel program

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, funding was cut to many programs of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa included.

26/11/2020
Congregants of an Igbo synagogue gather to pray
Jews of Africa: Communities you likely know nothing about

“Jews of color” is currently a hot topic in conversation regarding American Jewry, but what about those who stand outside of that framework?

US professor put on leave after slew of antisemitic, conspiratorial comments

The university placed Brennan on leave November 19, after being alerted to his "racist, antisemitic and homophobic slurs."

UK's Buckinghamshire New University adopts IHRA antisemitism definition

The announcement comes following efforts made by the British government to push for all higher learning institutions to adopt the IHRA's definition.

Australian Jewish orgs. protest Effi Eitam's appointment to Yad Vashem

If there were previous fears for diminishing Diaspora support for Israel, it will be ironic if the Yad Vashem appointment turns out to be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Amazon's Alexa shares antisemitic responses, UK MPs demand investigation

The AI assistant responds to questions about Jews, the Holocaust and Israel "by quoting antisemitic conspiracy sites and using selective misleading quotes from other sources without context."

26/11/2020
Despite Facebook ban on Holocaust denial, it’s still easy to find

When it made the announcement, the company pledged that it would direct users to resources that provide credible information about the Holocaust. Those resources have yet to appear on the site.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/11/2020
Abraham Flexner
Jewish educator’s name removed from award due to racist, sexist views

Flexner wrote that women “show a decreasing inclination to enter” medical school and have “obvious limitations.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/11/2020
22% of hate crimes in Europe in 2019 were against Jews, report shows

Of the total incidents, 1,311 were antisemitic, according to the the report titled “2019 Hate Crime Data.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
26/11/2020
TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
Montreal Jewish nursing home hit hard by COVID infections in 2nd wave

The virus has struck 40 residents and 22 staff members at the 600-bed Maimonides Geriatric Centre.

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
26/11/2020
Colorful pumpkins are decorated with the handwritten words “‘tis the season to be thankful.”
Thanksgiving in crisis: Judaism teaches us to be grateful - Opinion

Even as difficult challenges surround us, we have much to be grateful for.

By RABBI MOSHE HAUER/JTA
26/11/2020
A person picks up some of the donated produce at the American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry
There’s a hunger crisis in the US. Jews must push leaders to act - Opinion

We must demand that our leaders in government respond to growing hunger with the wisdom, compassion and urgency that this moment demands.

By ABBY J. LEIBMAN/JTA
26/11/2020
President Rivlin laid a wreath at the Holocaust memorial in Ottawa, accompanied by Prime Minister Tr
Trudeau names Cotler as Canada's special envoy on combating antisemitism

"Irwin Cotler has demonstrated strong leadership in the fight against racism, antisemitism and hate. He also acquired a vast experience in justice and human rights," the prime minister said.

Billionaire Barry Sherman and wife Honey at a United Jewish Appeal annual event
Toronto police identify person of interest in billionaire's murder

Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found hanging by belts from a railing next to a swimming pool at their Toronto mansion.

By REUTERS
25/11/2020
Despite COVID-19, American Jews find ways to give thanks on Thanksgiving

Government leaders and health officials have advised against indoor holiday gatherings, even with only one other household.

25/11/2020
Czech Republic launches parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus

"Faith-based diplomacy is the secret ingredient to the strong support which Israel now enjoys across the globe," Israel Allies Foundation president Josh Reinstein said.

Italian Holocaust graphic novel trilogy debuts final installment

Casa Prima del Buio's emphasis on characters and their experience in the world literally and figuratively binds history, character and art together within the pages of the graphic novel.

25/11/2020
High-level panel launches to fight religious extremism, Islamism in Europe
High-level panel launches to fight religious extremism, Islamism in Europe

The debate featured some of Europe’s leading politicians, thinkers, and policymakers, including former French prime minister Manuel Valls.

Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
Riga Holocaust Museum at risk of closing over new lease concerns

"In our opinion, the present version of the contract jeopardizes the future of the museum," said Dr. Rabbi Menachem Barkahan.

Hebron History museum
Organizations to recite mass prayers for Jews buried in Arab countries

Thus far, over 100 organizations and communities have signed up at www.KaddishInitiative.com, including the Israeli umbrella organization for Jews from Arab countries.

Suzanne Belling, former JTA correspondent and Jewish leader, dies at 72

Raised in Cape Town, Belling’s interest in journalism began in high school, when she wrote a column for the Cape Times.

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
25/11/2020
From left: Jack Antonoff, Doja Cat and the Haim Sisters.
2021 Grammy Awards: All the Jewish nominees

Ranging all the way from the sister rock band Haim to comedian Tiffany Haddish, these are the Jewish artists who made the biggest impact on the recording industry this year.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
25/11/2020
Residents of Hasidic Williamsburg have largely returned to pre-pandemic life, as seen on Sept. 29, 2
NY Hasidic Jews continue to hold large weddings despite COVID rules

Members of the Hasidic community say the weddings aren’t likely to stop, in part because cases are not translating into the large number of hospitalizations and deaths seen in the spring.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
25/11/2020
THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march
Columbus Jewish couple say they were victims of hate crime by neighbor

According to Tiffany Kinney, the neighbor said, “I’ll put a bullet through your head like Hitler.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
25/11/2020
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New music video features Iraqi Jewish prayers

The band's new music video "Cancer Is My Engine" tells the story of how lead singer Loolwa Khazzoom chose to approach a cancer diagnosis as an opportunity for transformation in 2010

Amsterdam’s Jewish museum wades into Dutch blackface controversy

Its decision to address the subject is a politically sensitive one and the museum’s director is clear that his institution is opposed to the custom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/11/2020
A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020
NYC fines Satmar $15,000 for mass wedding

New Satmar wedding takes place in upstate Satmar town of Kiryas Yoel Monday night

Master chef Michal Ansky takes Phil Rosenthal on a food tour of Tel Aviv.
Everybody loves JNF-USA’s virtual breakfast for Israel

Hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond writer, creator, and executive producer, Phil Rosenthal will delight thousands of guests at Jewish National Fund-USA’s December 1 virtual Breakfast for Israel.

Tlaib denounces Pompeo's decision to recognize BDS as antisemitic

"So long as [Blinken] doesn't suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu's racist and inhumane policies," she said.

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German far-right activists wish to protest ‘Zionism’ in front of synagogue

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Brunswick, 120 miles west of Berlin, the Braunschweiger Zeitung reported Friday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/11/2020
COVID restrictions protester compares herself to Nazi resistance fighter

The following day, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that such comparisons are unacceptable.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/11/2020
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Marijuana plants seized from Argentine synagogue’s courtyard

The synagogue, built between 1913 and 1915, is designated a heritage site and was in the process of being turned into a museum before the pandemic struck earlier this year.

By JTA STAFF
24/11/2020
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
San Francisco Jewish students face antisemitic harassment online again

Police are investigating and trying to find who is behind the harassment of the kind that took place in September.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/11/2020
Dutch right-wing politician resigns following party’s antisemitism scandal

He has said that assuming responsibility for the antisemitism scandal was not the immediate reason for stepping down.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/11/2020
Biden’s secretary of state choice Tony Blinken stands on Jewish issues

Here’s what you need to know about the new top diplomat, who hasn’t been much of a household name until now.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/11/2020
A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020
Satmar wedding ‘disrespectful, deceitful, illegal,’ says NY Gov. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City should do ‘robust investigation’ of incident and ‘bring the full consequence of legal action to bear.’

Frankfurt am Main Synagogue burning during Kristallnacht
May his light shine on forever

On Kristallnacht, many synagogues were destroyed, thousands of shops and large department stores owned by Jews were looted and burned down, hundreds of Jews were murdered, and thousands arrested.

By YECHIEL WASSERMAN
23/11/2020
Viktor Vekselberg, member of the Russian Jewish Congress executive committee, awards Netanyahu prize
Netanyahu honored by Russian Jewish Congress for MidEast peace commitment

Other recipients included head of the Kommunarka infectious diseases hospital Denis Protsenko, and one of the founders of the social art movement Alexander Melamid.

Jonathan Pollard removes his electronic tag, having had his parole restrictions lifted. November 202
Former PM to 'Post': Don't let Pollard make aliyah, it'll anger Biden

Ehud Olmert says spy Jonathan Pollard should stay in New York.

22/11/2020
SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012
Secret Satmar wedding bypasses COVID restrictions in NYC - watch

According to video obtained, there were thousands of men seated within the bleachers of the 7,000 person capacity synagogue, singing and dancing into the night.

Rashida Tlaib
Non-Jews, anti-Israel activists dominate ‘antisemitism’ panel - analysis

“We will explore how to fight back against antisemitism and against those that seek to wield charges of antisemitism to undermine progressive movements for justice.”

NYC synagogues, churches file with Supreme Court to lift limit on worship

In October, Gov. Cuomo said that large gatherings of ultra-Orthodox Jews have been responsible for outbreaks in parts of the state, and then threatened to shut down religious institutions.

German synagogue's window shattered in alleged antisemitic attack

A suspect was caught over the weekend on security footage throwing the block at the synagogue after being seen by Jewish community members wandering the area.

Former hammer-workshop of the German concentration camp Neuengamme.
Former Nazi concentration camp guard removal order from the US upheld

Friedrich Karl Berger, a Tennessee resident, served as an armed guard in the Neuengamme prisoners' concentration camp during the winter of 1945.

Pollard court
How Pollard was held captive by 35 years of politics - analysis

A number of previous opportunities to release Pollard were passed up.

22/11/2020
Tour guide offers virtual visits to Jewish London, raises charity money

His first virtual tour clocked some 130 participants, and his second “outing” drew 430 visitors from around the world, including Israel, and raised more than $15,000 for UK Jewish charities.

Quebec OKs Christmas, but not Hanukkah in COVID-19 holiday plan

"It is bewildering that the government would prize one faith community over the other," said a local rabbi.

The small virtual classrooms of the Ofek Hub program encourage interaction
New online learning platform to bridge gap between US Jews and Israel

"This is an opportunity to make Israel-focused Jewish education affordable and cutting-edge for individuals and institutions.”

By MICHELE CHABIN/JTA
21/11/2020
Tom Hanks campaigns to turn Tree of Life synagogue into anti-racism center

The community is raising funds for the project in a campaign titled “Remember. Rebuild. Renew.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/11/2020
Sarah Bloom Raskin is on Biden’s treasury secretary short list

Biden said Thursday that his pick will be “accepted by all elements of the Democratic Party,”

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/11/2020
US. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following the two-day Federal Open Ma
Janet Yellen, former Fed chief, on Biden’s treasury secretary short list

The pioneering Jewish economist who was the first woman to head the Federal Reserve is on Biden’s shortlist.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/11/2020
Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2
‘Soros’ documentary gets negative reviews

Soros, 90, the Jewish Holocaust survivor and billionaire hedge fund manager, is known for his prolific giving to human rights groups and liberal causes around the world.

By BEN SALES/JTA
21/11/2020
Theater maven Ari Roth leaves company over Palestinian content issue

He posted a dramatic open letter late on Tuesday on Medium announcing his resignation.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/11/2020
New York UJA gives grant to Jews of Color Initiative

The grant in support of the JoCI will be aimed at improving mentorship, collaboration and leadership cultivation opportunities for the Jews of Color community.

21/11/2020
Toronto suburb to rename street named after Nazi naval officer

The vote to change the name came after a Holocaust survivor testified at the town council meeting.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/11/2020
Washington DC Holocaust org. 3GDC incorporated as non-profit

"Our programs and events over the next couple of years will focus on building community, sharing our families' history, and speaking out against antisemitism and all forms of hatred and bigotry."

The Nuremberg Trials - 75 years on

After six years of war, the Allied powers came together to deliver justice on Nazi leaders who had caused the deaths of millions of people.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum to close on November 23 over COVID-19 fears

The decision was motivated by an inability to guarantee the health and safety of workers, visitors and volunteers due to COVID-19.

World rabbis pray for Ukrainian President Zelensky recovery from COVID-19

"I bless the president and pray that he will get out of his sickbed and return to lead his country,” said Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef.

At 100, last Nuremberg prosecutor still yearns for justice

"My job was to get into the concentration camps as they were being liberated, with the dead bodies all over the floor and with people waiting to be burned because the crematorium was so overcrowded."

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
Actor Don Cheadle (L), one of the co-stars in the new film "Devil In A Blue Dress," poses with novel
'Pinprick of light' Black Jewish novelist wins lifetime achievement award

"To be a Jew is to be a part of a tribe,” Mosley said, "in the end you’re always answerable to your blood.”

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
20/11/2020
Students demonstrate at San Francisco State University in San Francisco
SF State University’s student government passes Israel boycott resolution

Student government resolutions are not binding on the school.

By GABRIEL GRESCHLER/JTA
20/11/2020
POLICE TAPE at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
Two years after shooting, Pittsburgh becomes hub for white supremacists

The city has become a symbol and pilgrimage site of a far more insidious sort: for white supremacists who see the Tree of Life gunman as an inspiration.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/11/2020
An ‘Unorthodox’ American Jewish podcast marks 250 episodes

Episodes follow a similar format including playful banter among the co-hosts, news from the Jewish world, appearances by the Gentile and Jew of the Week and fan letters.

By HOWARD BLAS
19/11/2020
Why war between athletes, White House didn't spread to Israel - analysis

Why has the trend of sports being marred by politics not spread to Israel, where so many other positive and negative American fads have been adopted?

19/11/2020
US Jews hope Joe Biden could challenge Israel's Orthodox monopoly

DIASPORA AFFAIRS: American Jewish leaders see religious pluralism in Israel potentially on the docket under US President-elect Joe Biden

19/11/2020
Antisemitic graffiti in UK city blamed on Labour Party activists

'Jewish lies matter' was daubed on walls as Labour Party in turmoil over readmission of Jeremy Corbyn.

Trump taps ex-staffer with supremacist ties to monitor Holocaust sites

The Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to rescind Beattie’s appointment to the commission, which CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called “downright shocking.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
19/11/2020
Linda Sher, leader in political action by Jewish women, dies at 73

“Her tenacity and determination encouraged JAC women across the country to step up and work to protect our shared values.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/11/2020
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Swastikas carved in headstones, spray-painted on memorials in Germany

In Ukraine, swastikas were etched into the walls of a former synagogue building and a Celtic cross was spray-painted on it.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
19/11/2020
Israeli Embassy of Nigeria, together with Chabad, organize the distribution of aid packages to the n
Lagos, Nigeria, largest city in Africa, get first rabbi

"Nigeria is such a unique place, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this beautiful project.”

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a Hanukkah Reception at the White House in Washington, U.S., Decem
Trump throwing in-person Hanukkah party despite COVID concerns

Trump has come under fire for holding a number of crowded events at the White House, including several that are believed to have spread the coronavirus.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/11/2020
Jewish day schools and yeshivas remain open as NYC public schools close

With the positivity rate ticking upward and the city’s COVID situation growing more dire, the in-person operation of New York City’s Jewish schools remains precarious.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
19/11/2020
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Orthodox group asks Supreme Court to block restrictions on synagogues

Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization representing haredi Orthodox Jews, is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s limitations on houses of worship in “red zones.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
19/11/2020
Tom Hanks, Billy Porter join Tree of Life's upcoming campaign

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Joanne Rogers will also be a part of the "REMEMBER. REBUILD. RENEW." campaign

A large menorah in the central square of Birodjan, Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia
‘Ethnicity, not religion, focus of post-Soviet Jewish identity’ – study

“We are quite confident that the process of ethnic and cultural assimilation of former Soviet Union Jews and their families is reversible.”

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer attend a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain Novembe
Corbyn reinstated into Labour without whip, will sit as independent MP

“Withholding the whip from Jeremy Corbyn is offering the Jewish community crumbs," wrote Campaign Against Antisemitism CEO Gideon Falter.

18/11/2020
Mark Leibler: An Australian Jewish torchbearer

The Leibler family represents a dynasty of community activism and leadership making an impact on Australian Jewry.

The Soviet role in justice: Behind the scenes at the Nuremberg trials

A new book examines the deliberations, machinations and intrigues among the Allied countries, who provided the prosecutors and the judges.

By MARTIN LOCKSHIN
18/11/2020
BDS calls to boycott those involved in normalization

BDS activitsts are also instructed to "not deal with any product or activity of a person or institution that has previously been involved in normalization and has not withdrawn from it.”

18/11/2020
Rabbi Levi Duchman speaking via Zoom with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the historic U
Rabbinic Zoom meeting lasts several days, breaking world record

The virtual meeting included anywhere from 200 to 1,000 rabbis at any given moment, with discussions shifting between English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Chicago’s Jewish community is battered by second wave of coronavirus

COVID-19 case counts in Chicago were rising sharply, and the mayor and governor warned that new restrictions would soon be necessary to curb the disease’s spread.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/11/2020
Chicago Cubs
Theo Epstein stepping down as Chicago Cubs president

His successor: another Jewish executive, Jed Hoyer.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
18/11/2020
Jeremy Corbyn with Rabbi Pinter, former Labour Labour councillor
Corbyn says he didn’t mean to downplay antisemitism, UK Jews not swayed

Jeremy Corbyn's Tuesday's comments didn’t sway the British Jewish community, which called his statement a “pathetic non-apology.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/11/2020
UIUC
Federal investigation opened following complaint of antisemitism at UIUC

The good news comes as a relief to many on campus, who claim to have experienced antisemitic and anti-Zionist harassment in alarming increasing rates over the past five years.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour to readmit Corbyn after antisemitism suspension - report

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said in October it had found evidence of failure to adequately train people investigating alleged antisemitism.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Avraham Duvdevani approved to serve as global chairman of KKL-JNF

Having served for the past decade served as chairman of the World Zionist Organization, the moves marks a game of musical chairs in the Zionist movement.

Christiane Amanpour
CNN’s Amanpour apologizes for comparing Trump-era to Kristallnacht

“I should not have juxtaposed the two thoughts. Hitler and his evils stand alone, of course, in history,” she said. “I regret any pain my statement may have caused.”

Polls offer imperfect takes on Jewish votes, but the big picture is clear

In 2016, the National Election Pool found that 71% of Jewish voters chose Hillary Clinton and 24% opted for Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA , GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/11/2020
Partisans shouldn't be allowed to split Black, Jewish voters in Georgia

A crude form of intersectionality in the hands of a member of Congress is dangerous for the Jewish people and the cause of supporting Israel.

By YEHUDA KURTZER/JTA
17/11/2020
Pfizer
Jewish immigrant leading Pfizer’s vaccine hopes US stays a melting pot

The new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, like the Moderna one announced Monday, is made from mRNA, a relatively new technology that Dolsten says will allow companies to combat pandemics in the future.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
17/11/2020
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