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Stunning an Animal Before Slaughter Not More Humane, Religious Leaders Say

January 14, 2019, by

Belgium’s recent ban on the traditional Jewish and Muslim method of slaughtering animals has been applauded by animal rights activists and condemned by religious leaders who see the ban as a threat to their communities. The issue under fire is whether to allow religious exemptions to European Union rules that state animals must be rendered unconscious before […]

Saudi Women Demanding Reforms

January 14, 2019, by

Women across Saudi Arabia have become inspired by a teenager who fled the country, seeking asylum in Australia out of fear that she would be killed by her family. The women are demanding reforms, including an end to the country’s guardianship system, or they say that they will also will leave the country. The threat […]

Forged Canadian Kosher Symbol Leads to $19K Fine

January 14, 2019, by

A Canadian company has been ordered to pay $19,000 to the Kashruth Council of Canada for using its logo on products that were not certified by the agency. Adee Flour Mills was accused of causing “spiritual trauma” to Jews who ate non-kosher products that were mislabeled as kosher. This case follows a 2017 precedent in […]

Antwerp Jews Worried About Aftermath of Kosher Slaughter Ban

January 9, 2019, by

In 1966, Wim van den Brande’s grandfather opened one of Europe’s largest kosher slaughterhouses in Antwerp, capital of the Belgian region of Flanders. At the end of 2018, the factory was processing 80,000 chickens a month. Now, a new law banning the methods used in ritual slaughter have gone into effect, forcing him to close the business and […]

Warhol Exhibit Features Brillo with OU

January 9, 2019, by

Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes, currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York as part of the “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again” retrospective, represent an authentic depiction of the product, right down to the kosher-certification symbol of the Orthodox Union. Said Jamie Geller, bestselling author of the […]

Belgium Bans Shechitah as of January 1, 2019

January 2, 2019, by

A ban in Belgium on the Jewish and Muslim manner of slaughter for kosher and halal meat – namely ritual slaughter without stunning – was scheduled to take effect on New Year’s Day 2019. The Flemish Region passed the measure in July 2017 over objections posed by the leaders of religious faith communities. Belgium’s Jewish population numbers […]

Steelers Donate $70,000 to Pittsburgh Victims

January 2, 2019, by

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Stronger Than Hate campaign, launched in the wake of the shooting attack that left 11 worshippers in a local synagogue dead, has inspired the city and the world to rally around the Jewish community. On Sunday, the team donated $70,000 to help the Jewish community and the families directly affected by the […]

In 2018, Jews Targeted More Than All Other NY Groups Combined

January 2, 2019, by

In 2018, more hate crimes in New York targeted Jews than all other groups combined. NYPD figures show that anti-Semitic incidents rose by 22% from last year. Of 352 hate crimes recorded, 183 were anti-Semitic incidents. The October 27 killing of 11 in a Pittsburgh synagogue unleashed a spate of incidents in New York and […]

Israel Enlists Religious Young Women to Fight Social Ills Using Technology

December 26, 2018, by

What Should I Do is an interactive app designed to help autistic children role-play some common scenarios, minimizing the need for frequent doctor appointments and other changes to their routines that can cause distress. The app was designed – for free – by Roni Ashkenazi and Ayelet Ganot, two 18-year-old Israeli women, as part of Carmel 6000. […]

Allegations of Anti-Semitism Divide the Women’s March

December 26, 2018, by

At the original Women’s March in 2017, Jewish women were prominent among the participants. Synagogues and Jewish organizations from Reform to Chabad sent large contingents to the flagship march in Washington, as well as to smaller marches around the country. Two years later, the leaders of the March are confronting charges of mismanagement and local chapters […]