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.

Jews distribute 250,000 meals to Nigerian Muslims despite Israel violence

As part of the program, Chabad has worked to develop infrastructure in poorer communities, a glasses drive to correct the vision of residents, aid for pregnant women and work in orphanages in Nigeria

WHITE HOUSE chief of staff Denis McDonough speaks at the US National Hanukkah Menorah lighting cerem

Jewish prayers on Capitol Hill: From Lincoln to Roosevelt to Biden

Divine help with Congress: The history of prayers in Congress since even before independence

By SANDRA LEE BRAUDE
13/05/2021

With Israel under fire, int'l lawmakers discuss ways to fight antisemitism

"No issue threatens the Jewish community more than the alarming rise of antisemitism and violent extremism."

New novel tells story of a disease inspector helping Jews in Nazi prisons

'Irena's War: A Novel' is a new and haunting portrayal of the Holocaust.

By AARON LEIBEL
13/05/2021
Rally in New York to show solidarity with Israel, May 12, 2021

19 cities across the US rally in favor of Israel amid escalations

"We need to be there for Israel, and for our brothers and sisters, who are under brutal attack by terror organizations."

Alleged UK neo-Nazi Andrew Dymock on trial wrote Jews are a 'cancer'

Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward said one article written by Dymock, titled “The Truth About the Holocaust,” is “clear in its encouragement of the eradication of Jewish people.”

Facing vengeful neo-Nazis and brain tumor, John Daly keeps fighting

Nothing has held Daly back from being an active advocate against antisemitism, hatred and racism.

By MAXINE LIPTZEN DOROT
13/05/2021

Pakistani movie star Veena Malik tweets Hitler quote about killing Jews

“I would have killed all the Jews of the world … but I kept some to show the world why I killed them,” the Pakistani actress tweeted Tuesday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
13/05/2021

TikTok, Twitter videos bring images of conflict home to American Jews

Both images have gone viral as Israel and Gaza descend into the most intense exchange of rocket fire since 2014.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
13/05/2021

Polish government to give $50,000 to nationalist website

An organisation run by a student who called Jews “communists” and “Bolsheviks” at a Hanukkah party that featured Poland’s chief rabbi will be given $50,000 by the Polish government.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
13/05/2021
Protesters in Minneapolis demonstrate against the death in police custody of George Floyd, May 29, 2

First conference for Jews of color to mark yahrzeit for George Floyd

Floyd’s family is working to rebrand the date, May 25, as “Day of Enlightenment” because of how many people were awakened to issues of racial injustice.

By ESTHER D. KUSTANOWITZ/JTA , ASAF SHALEV/JTA
13/05/2021
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang

With Andrew Yang tweet, conflict spills into New York City mayoral race

Yang has been actively courting the Jewish vote, especially in the haredi Orthodox communities, where he has picked up some key endorsements ahead of next month’s Democratic primary.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
13/05/2021
A MAN plays with a soccer ball in a field at Central Park on spring equinox, in the Manhattan boroug

Lester Wolff, known for surviving threats and supporting Israel, dies

The former Jewish lawmaker spent his later years writing books, collecting art and attacking Donald Trump.

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
13/05/2021
Anti-Israel Germany

New antisemitism in Europe connected to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israeli flags were burned outside 2 German synagogues, and ‘Free Palestine’ was painted on another in Spain.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA , TOBY AXELROD/JTA
13/05/2021
‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d

As Gaza conflict escalates, here’s what American Jews think about Israel

As the eyes of the world turn again to violence in Israel, Jews in the United States will be paying attention and speaking out.

By BEN SALES/JTA
13/05/2021

Woman in Germany says neighbor tried to break in after hearing Hebrew

The Israeli, 26-year-old Coral Guter, told police that the May 3 incident happened days after Katrin Wengler overheard Guter speaking Hebrew on the phone days earlier.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/05/2021
An Argentinian flag waves at the Presidential Palace Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina October

Mauro Viale, 73, popular Argentine television host, dies at age 73

Viale graduated from journalism school in 1969. Early in his career, he worked as a press attache for the Israeli Embassy.

By JTA STAFF
12/05/2021
American Jews marching in New York with Israeli flags. How can we bridge the divide between Israel a

Instead of lamenting intermarriage, listen to Jews in interfaith families

The collective “we” of Judaism in 2021 includes millions of Jews in interfaith relationships.

By RABBI LEX ROFEBERG
12/05/2021
American and Israeli Jews [Illustrative]

Young US Jews increasingly detached from Jewish people - Pew report

Landmark Pew report on American Jewry shows that intermarriage continues to rise rapidly in the younger generation while only 1/3rd of US Jews think it important that their grandchildren are Jewish.

Celebrating the 76th anniversary of 'Liberation and Rescue Day'

Three hundred chief rabbis, and Dayanim from twenty-five countries around the world joined in a live broadcast for prayer and thanksgiving.

Thea Lee answers questions during the Reuters Washington Summit in the Reuters newsroom

Jewish, Chinese-American trade economist named US Labor Dept int'l chief

n a statement, Lee said she was "thrilled" to have the opportunity to lead the bureau as deputy undersecretary at a consequential time for workers.

11/05/2021

Not just a 'Jewish problem': strategy for fighting antisemitism in the US

Philanthropist and businessman Adam Milstein devotes most of his time to fighting rising antisemitism in the United States.

By SIGAL BEN DAVID
10/05/2021

Jewish veterans of the Red Army commemorate Victory in Europe Day

Alongside the veterans, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano Shata, as well as Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion were all present to honor the former fighters.

San Diego State University campus is shown after the 23 Campuses of California State University syst

Antisemitism task force recovers stolen Chabad items

Video footage allowed authorities to identify the perpetrators, prompting them to return the stolen photos. Rabbi Boudjnah preferred an apology letter over pressing charges.

Actor Lakeith Stanfield apologizes for moderating antisemitic Clubhouse chat

"I unconditionally apologize for what went on in that chat room, and for allowing my presence there to give a platform to hate speech,” Stanfield wrote on Instagram.

German antisemitism chief calls for ban on Star of David at COVID protests

Klein stressed that antisemitic groups that previously had little interaction with each other were suddenly joining up at anti-coronavirus-regulation protests.

09/05/2021

Jewish journalist was killed due to mistaken identity in Kansas City shooting

Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 24, was hit by a bullet that her neighbor claims was meant for her, in a murder attempt by her ex-boyfriend. "I told the police in March someone was going to die."

Tripadvisor removes 'fun for the family' Auschwitz Museum review

The review read "This place was great went there with my newborn babys [sic] to test the chamber but they came out deformed. But it's fun for the family."

Domino effect: Canada announces Durban IV boycott after US, Australia

The announcement came soon after Australia said they would not attend, and several days after the US said it would boycott the conference.

Van Morrison's 'They Own the Media' faced with antisemitism claims

Many reviews of Van Morrison's new track came out and mentioned that the title could be an antisemitic trope.

Actor Lakeith Stanfield moderated a Clubhouse room full of antisemitism

On Thursday, Stanfield took part in a followup room led by “a panel of Jewish educators,” according to the Beast. He did not specifically apologize

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
08/05/2021

Heshy Tischler sentenced to 10 days community service for inciting riot

Explaining his decision to plead guilty, Tischler told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Friday, “I did it for the community.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
08/05/2021

Senator Chuck Schumer to Meron mourners: 'I have deep faith in Hashem'

The families of the victims sitted for the week of shiva, the Jewish rituals of mourning during which the bereaved receives visits and attentions in the memory of the lost ones.

‘HAVING CHOSEN God, the Torah is God’s response to us.’ Pictured: The Yanov Torah, rescued from the

Torah scroll gifted by Jared Kushner arrives in Bahraini Jewish community

Many were poor and lacked education but found jobs, and eventually success, in the clothing industry.

By ZACHARY KEYSER , JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
07/05/2021

Young Diaspora Jews came to volunteer in Israel, receive vaccine as well

Many of the vaccinations for people coming from North and South America took place in Beit Leni in Tel Aviv.

 ALCATRAZ PRISON cells

Sheldon Silver, former NY Assembly speaker, ordered back to prison

Silver, 77, was furloughed under a measure meant to control the spread of coronavirus in prison.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/05/2021

Agency working with US military wants Jews to apologize for killing Jesus

“Jesus lived. You killed him. God raised him. We saw him. Say sorry,” chaplain Lt. Aristotle Rivera said in an Easter sermon.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/05/2021

India’s Jews try to stay safe while offering relief to the hardest hit

India’s approximately 7,000 Jews, most of whom live in Mumbai, generally belong to the privileged minority with the means to self-isolate.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/05/2021

Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s Democratic ‘master of disaster,’ steps down

Moskowitz's stated reason for quitting is he missed his young family.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/05/2021

Hate crimes see 73% rise in NYC, with Asians and Jews most targeted

Jews in New York were targeted in 54 hate crimes reported between Jan. 1 and May 2, down from 58 such crimes in the same period in 2020.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/05/2021

NY Jewish federation sending $200K in COVID relief to India

“It’s heartbreaking to see the scenes from India today, and we hope our aid will spur others to join the relief effort,” Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, said in a statement.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/05/2021

Seattle Jewish school turned mosque brings Jews and Muslims together

“We’ve got lots of plans,” Cherry Street Village project manager Koloud “Kay” Tarapolsi said. “The only thing holding us back is our imaginations.”

By EMILY ALHADEFF
07/05/2021

After 'Post' article, college reviews antisemitism of ex-Iran envoy prof

The Post’s examination of Mahallati’s UN speeches show he repeatedly went to great lengths to negate the existence of the Jewish state at the UN.

Muslim and Jewish Solidarity Protest

Letter slams Jewish community's ‘suppression of dissent’ on racial justice

‘Way to fight racism isn’t to cease discussion and debate,’ say dozens of Jewish intellectuals and writers, assert opposition to ‘the imposition of ideology’

Attendees of the "No Hate No Fear" rally against antisemitism, Jerusalem, January 5, 2020

Antisemitic flyers disseminated through two Florida neighborhoods

Upon discovery of the flyers, local officials denounced the antisemitic sentiments noting that they do not represent the values of the city.

Operation Solomon: 30 yrs later, Israeli-Ethiopians need more support

"Would I choose to stay in Ethiopia in a small village separated from everyone else... or do I choose to be here and fight every single day and be proud of that?"

By HADASSAH BRENNER
06/05/2021

Israelis abroad angered by new 'forced' passports for their children

Many Israelis have been waiting for a year or longer due to the pandemic to visit family in Israel, and were hoping to bring their children this summer.

By AMY KLEIN
06/05/2021
Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th ann

Envoys combating antisemitism discuss shared strategies to combat hate

TikTok Europe Director Outlines Importance of Ridding Platform of Hate, Protecting Users

Donny Morris, 19, who perished in the Mount Meron Tragedy.

Meron tragedy impacts world's Jewish communities' mental health

As the public began to learn the victims' identities on Friday, the personal aspect of the tragedy began to come into greater focus for Jewish communities worldwide.

Finnish neo-nazis start their Independence Day march with swastika flags in Helsinki, Finland Decemb

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis march in Italy

Video was taken of the groups of people doing the infamous Nazi salute. The video, which was posted on Twitter has over 1 million views as of Thursday morning

Decrying ‘social justice,’ 49 people sign ‘Jewish Harper’s letter’

The letter calls on Jews to take action against the “suppression of dissent” that is said to be dominating the United States

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
06/05/2021

Release of suspect in synagogue attacks reignites debate over bail reform

It also revived a debate among Jews over New York state’s elimination of cash bail in most arrests

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
06/05/2021

Sheldon Silver, former NY Assembly speaker, gets prison furlough

Silver, 77, an Orthodox Jew who for two decades was among the most powerful men in the state, was furloughed under a measure meant to control the spread of coronavirus in prison

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
06/05/2021
A church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, prays to a Star of David in a still from Maya Zinshtein's documen

Democratic pro-Israel group calls Jewish leader enabler of antisemitism

The DMFI attack was an expression of an increasingly fraught debate between mainline pro-Israel groups who want Biden to hew to a standard that keeps expressed criticism of Israel to a minimum

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/05/2021

Dutch party equates COVID measures to Nazism on Holocaust Remembrance Day

The message, which suggested that COVID-19 measures have undone the liberation from the Nazis, drew sharp rebuke from Dutch Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
05/05/2021

Testimonies of Holocaust survivors recorded in new digital campaign

The survivors speak about the moments leading up to the Holocaust when hate speech started to turn into acts of violence.

Joseph Kleinman, a 90-year-old holocaust survivor who survived Auschwitz and Dachau Nazi death camp

Yosef Kleinman, youngest survivor to testify at Eichmann trial, dies at 91

Kleinman was one of 110 witnesses at the 1961 trial of Eichmann, and at 31 was the youngest. His testimony was about the fate of Jewish youths at Auschwitz.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/05/2021

Tree of Life synagogue to be renovated by Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivor parents, was selected unanimously by Tree of Life’s board of trustees. He is also the son of Holocaust survivors.

By TOBY TABACHNICK/JTA
05/05/2021
Jewish Community Center

Overland Park killer dies while a book about his victims is published

Miller was convicted in 2015 of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, as well as Terri LaManno, 53 in 2014.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/05/2021
Remi Welbel, right, connected with what she calls Judaism's "agrarian roots."

COVID led me to start a farm and connect with my Jewish values

The ravaging chaos of the pandemic, and the opportunity to learn remotely, provided me with the space and opportunity to connect to Midwestern land, and to Jewish roots.

By REMI WELBEL/JTA
05/05/2021

Milton Steinberg, lover of cantorial music, remembered

Steinberg, who died on Jan. 14 from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 96, was devoted to the traditional Eastern European prayers and liturgical music from his childhood.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
05/05/2021

Oregon Holocaust memorial defaced with swastikas and antisemitic slurs

The memorial, created by local Holocaust survivors, was defaced over the weekend.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/05/2021
An empty classroom

Florida must reform Holocaust education standards - task force

The task force claimed the Holocaust was being used as a tool to teach the dangers of intolerance rather than being taught as a unique incident * "Bad Holocaust education will fuel Jew-hatred."

Christianity, illustrative

Beth Din distances itself from ‘covert missionary’ Jewish status claim

The Orthodox Beth Din of Philadelphia issued a letter noting that a bill of divorce cannot be used to determine Jewish status, as alleged covert missionary Michael Elkohen has asserted.

A MEMBER of a neo-Nazi party gives a salute outside a speech by Richard Spencer on the campus of Mic

Seattle Police investigate man who made antisemitic threats outside Jewish home

Police have released video footage of the incident and are requesting anyone who has any information on the subject to come forward.

Germany arrests suspect over hate mail using neo-Nazi acronym

The main surviving member of the gang was sentence to life imprisonment in 2018.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

Army chaplain dedicates Torah at Fort Bliss after synagogue renovation

Scott Klein, a first lieutenant who helps lead the Jewish religious community on the base, said the Torah installation signified more than the renovation of the base synagogue.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
04/05/2021
A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009

Hundreds in Ukraine attend marches celebrating Nazi SS soldiers

President Vlodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish, condemned the embroidery marches, which had been conducted legally.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
04/05/2021

What will it take for me to go back to synagogue? - opinion

Are we just lazy or fearful of becoming sick? Or have we become dependent on the safety and security of keeping close to home?

By GARY ROSENBLATT/JTA
04/05/2021
Candles burn

Synagogues touched by COVID adapt to serve grieving congregations

In Los Angeles, the surge of COVID-19 infections got so bad in December that Sinai Temple shut down all outdoor services and activities until the first week of March.

By STEWART AIN/JTA
04/05/2021

NY police arrest suspect believed to have vandalized four synagogues

Investigators believe a single culprit was responsible for damaging the synagogues that are in close proximity.

Chinese embassy tweets and deletes antisemitic cartoon

The tweet in Japanese reads: "If the United States brought 'democracy,' it would be like this."

Did Sean Hannity use an antisemitic trope in 'Bolshevik Bernie' tweet?

In far-right politics, the antisemitic canards of "Jewish Bolshevism" and "Jewish Communism" are catchwords falsely asserting that communism is a Jewish conspiracy.

World War II mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus

The grave contained bone fragments and skeletons, some with bullets in their skulls and others with shoes strewn beside their bodies, as well as ammunition and personal objects.

Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

UConn student arrested, charged with antisemitic hate crime

The student, who investigators saw wearing a ring with a symbol used by the Nazi regime, eventually confessed to the crime expressing dislike of "certain Orthodox Jewish traditions."

Jewish principals struggle to celebrate Lag Ba’omer amid Meron tragedy

“Tragedy and happiness can live side by side, although that’s a difficult balance,” said Tamar Cytryn, director of Jewish studies and campus life at Chicago Jewish Day School.

By BEN SALES/JTA
01/05/2021

Jewish billionaire, philanthropist Eli Broad dies at 87

Broad passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a long illness

By REUTERS
01/05/2021

First Jew of color to lead American Jewish museum resigns, cites racism

Moyo is publicly accusing the board of dysfunction fueled by racism and sexism — and the board is threatening to sue her for allegedly leaking private information.

By ASAF SHALEV/JTA
01/05/2021

British Labour Party suspends 14 members over alleged antisemitism

Spokespeople for Labour and the Conservatives said the suspensions were part of the policy of zero tolerance toward antisemitic rhetoric in their ranks.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/05/2021
Miles Davis, Linfield University's president, denies saying anything antisemitic.

University head accused of antisemitism was subjected to racism - NAACP

Davis invited the NAACP to investigate whether he was subject to racist treatment after he was accused both of antisemitism as well as sexual assault.

By BEN SALES/JTA
01/05/2021
People gather to ask for justice for late Sarah Halimi on Trocadero plaza in front of the Eiffel Tow

Paris to name a street for Sarah Halimi

The street will be in the 4th District, also known as the Marais, which before the Holocaust was the heart of Jewish life in Paris

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/05/2021
Sarah Halimi was brutally murdered in her Paris home by Kobili Traore, who was not prosecuted becaus

French Jews on why they protest over Sarah Halimi, in their own words

Following the protests, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency spoke to multiple French Jews, asking them in interviews to share their thoughts and impressions from the situation on the ground.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/05/2021

Berlin bans annual Al-Quds march that protests Israel

Jewish and pro-Israel groups have tried for years to have the march banned as a purely anti-Semitic demonstration. It is illegal in Germany to call for the destruction of Israel.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
01/05/2021

Soccer-German FA boss apologizes for Nazi reference to vice president

“With my remark during the board meeting last Friday towards my first vice president Rainer Koch I committed a grave mistake,” Keller said in a statement.

By REUTERS
01/05/2021
A Nazi's salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri.

UK ex-police officer jailed for belonging to neo-Nazi group

The officer was also convicted of lying on his police application forms and owning terrorism documents. He had previously admitted possessing indecent images of a child.

By REUTERS
30/04/2021
An Argentinian flag waves at the Presidential Palace Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina October

Police stop planned neo-Nazi attack on Argentine synagogue on Shabbat

Two people have been arrested in Argentina on suspicion of planning to attack a synagogue on Friday night.

By JTA STAFF
30/04/2021

Wisconsin to require Holocaust education starting in 5th grade

A bill mandates that lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides be included in social studies classes at least once between fifth and eighth grade, and again in high school.

By BEN SALES/JTA
30/04/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington at Capitol

NY man threatened lawmakers, called Congress ‘Zionist Occupied Gov't’

In the days after the Capitol riot, Hunt posted threatening social media posts, including a video called “KILL YOUR SENATORS.”

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
29/04/2021

Former CIA head targets Jewish suffering in Israel’s actions - analysis

Brennan implied Jews must have special empathy for others, while non-Jews have no special need to be empathetic.

Penn State student government adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

The vote follows an April 8 resolution by the student government to fight antisemitism on campus.

JCC to partner with BBYO to address mental health among adolescents

The new initiative has come to fruition as issues such as anxiety and depression are becoming more prevalent in today's youth amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Israel can now be delivered to your home in form of a monthly mystery box

Each month presents a different theme, telling a different story about Israel. Each box also supports small businesses and non-profits through the gifts provided in the monthly subscription.

Tribute to Judith and Eliott Cohen, pillars of Atlanta's Jewish community

There are many people like the Cohens who made a huge commitment to the grassroots struggle for Soviet Jews and should be remembered.

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
29/04/2021

The shared history of anti-Jewish and anti-Asian hate

Japanese-American soldiers also rescued thousands of survivors of a Nazi death march nearby, caring for them until medical personnel could arrive.

By HANA RUDOLPH/JTA
29/04/2021

Top NYC mayoral candidates vie for haredi Orthodox endorsements

Andrew Yang, the businessman and former Democratic presidential candidate, announced endorsements Wednesday morning from Orthodox leaders in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
29/04/2021
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