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.

Rome mayor candidate loses elections after antisemitic Holocaust remark

Enrico Michetti had come under fire for an article he wrote last year in which he asked why the Holocaust received more attention than other instances of mass murder.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/10/2021

Kosher food made available at British parliament

The move was approved in 2020 but implementation was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/10/2021

German-Israeli singer insists he suffered antisemitic discrimination

Gil Ofarim became a cause celebre after he said that an employee of a Germany hotel told him that he would not receive service at the Westin Leipzig hotel unless he covered a Star of David.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/10/2021

What the Tree of Life shooting revealed about American Jewry

The universal outpouring of support after the shooting also showed American Jewish life at its best.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
20/10/2021

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder mourns former US Secretary of State Colin Powell

‘General Colin Powell was a true mensch,’ says Amb. Lauder

International March of the Living to commemorate Kristallnacht across walls of Old City

Messages from around the world will be projected onto the Old City Walls of Jerusalem, on houses of prayer and public institutions around the world

Polish town of Wojslawice  demarcate a Holocaust-era mass grave and erect a monument in their memory

Holocaust commemoration events abound in Poland despite diplomatic crisis with Israel

Schudrich says that over the last five years the Rabbinic Commission for Cemeteries has identified and commemorated 70 mass graves.

Hassidic toddler Alta Fixsler from UK dies after being taken off life support

Fixsler, daughter of Hasidic Jewish parents, had been on life support since her birth at an English hospital.

A Nazi armband with a swastika displayed in the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

Italian police recover Nazi-looted drawings offered online

Italian police recovered two drawings stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish lawyer that were being offered online.

Prison cell block

Michigan's Jewish prisoners must get kosher food, cheesecake on Shavuot - court

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Michigan Department of Corrections's policy of giving vegan meals for religious diets was insufficient and a burden on their religious beliefs.

19/10/2021

Western countries training far-right extremists in Ukraine - report

Western countries may have provided training for far-right extremists in the Ukrainian military.

A helicopter flies above the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor

Lockdown inspires an artist’s loving tribute to an older, grittier New York

For Sidney, being Jewish and being from New York are one and the same — there’s an unspoken, mutual understanding between the two identities.

By Julia Gergely/JTA
19/10/2021
Hapoel Jerusalem Amar’e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire adds ‘farmer’ to his list of post-basketball careers

On October 15, fans steadily lined up for a selfie with Stoudemire and a taste of his signature Stoudemire Burger.

By Julia Gergely/JTA
19/10/2021

At 95, Mel Brooks will finally deliver ‘History of the World: Part II’

“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!” Brooks told Variety.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/10/2021

Agency decides to let new candidates join race til November 17

The Jewish Agency election committee refuses Lapid request for four more months to field a new government candidate in place of Elazar Stern.

18/10/2021

Dr. Jill Biden to be guest speaker at Detroit Jewish school dinner

Prior speakers at the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah annual dinner included then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba.

NYPD investigate an ultra-orthodox man for abduction.

Woman arrested for suspected Flatbush Yeshiva arson

The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Sharee Jones, is being charged with reckless endangerment and hate crime for allegedly trying to set the Yeshiva of Flatbush on fire.

Afghanistan's last Jew departs for Israel after granting wife divorce

Zabulon Simantov is expected to arrive in Israel in the coming days after fleeing Afghanistan via the US due to the Taliban takeover of his home country.

Albert Einstein's violin is displayed at Bonhams auction house in New York, US, March 6, 2018

Violins recovered from Holocaust to be played in special show

Thanks to the Violins of Hope project, the show in Roanoke, Virginia, will feature violins restored after the Holocaust, on which the works of Jewish composers who died in the war will be played.

Biketoberfest: Nazi-symbol hats spark outrage at Florida bike festival

Mayor Derrick Henry: "It's morally reprehensible someone would want to sell that."

NYPD investigate an ultra-orthodox man for abduction.

NYPD search for woman who set Flatbush Yeshiva on fire

The NYPD is offering rewards of up to $3,500 for information about a woman who set the entrance to the Yeshiva of Flatbush on fire.

Hundreds of young Jews make Aliyah through Jewish Agency program

The agency's SELA program prioritizes the Aliyah of young Jews over their parents' with an eye towards the future.

Shelf-help: Librarians are asking how to turn their archives into weapons against antisemitism

CJH, in collaboration with jMUSE, is presenting an all-day conference Sunday

By Julia Gergely/JTA
16/10/2021
Malmo's synagogue lit up for the 81st anniversary of the Kristallnacht on November 9, 2019.

‘Holocaust was a scam’ projected on Swedish synagogue during conference

The projection was seen on the Synagogue of Malmö and on other buildings in cities across Sweden, the day of the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/10/2021

Jewish skeptics of critical race theory say Texas Holocaust education incident does not deter them

The fight over ethnic studies has divided Jews in the state and has animated opponents of critical race theory, who argue that the state’s sample curriculum exemplifies what they’re fighting against.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/10/2021
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