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Holland: Mohels May Be Breaking the Law

June 4, 2019, by

The Dutch Health Ministry says that it is cracking down on Jews who perform circumcisions without a medical degree. Two of the country’s most popular mohels were the target of a probe by the ministry. “It is not correct that anyone may perform circumcision because circumcision is a religious freedom or because they are proficient in […]

Chicago High Schools Recall Yearbooks Over Anti-Semitic Messages

June 4, 2019, by

Administrators of two suburban Chicago high schools stopped the distribution of yearbooks after students were alleged to have included anti-Semitic, Nazi and white supremacist messages. At Highland Park High School, one graduating senior’s quote was, “If you tell a big enough lie, and you tell it often enough, it will be believed.” While the student […]

11-Year-Old Chastised by School for Objecting to Nazi Salutes

May 20, 2019, by

An 11-year-old girl from Tennessee was removed from class for the rest of the school day for telling fellow students to stop making the Nazi salute. The girl’s class at McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro, TN, was assigned to portray Hitler for the school’s Living History project, which entailed making the salute. When students […]

Author Herman Wouk Dies at 103

May 20, 2019, by

Bestselling author Herman Wouk, whose career spanned nearly seven decades, has passed away at the age of 103. Wouk was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, including The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar, both of which were also adapted for the screen. Unusual for a writer of Wouk’s celebrity was his […]

Yachad, YUHSG Join for Leadership Service Mission

May 15, 2019, by

27 young women recently participated in Yachad and Yeshiva University’s High School for Girls’ Annual Leadership Service Mission. The event, which was held April 7-8 at a farm and retreat in Connecticut, focused on chesed, the environment, and tikkun olam. The participants from both organizations demonstrated the unique opportunities afforded by inclusive community service experiences. […]

Two-Year-Old Needs a Bone Marrow Match

May 15, 2019, by

Are you a descendant of Eastern Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Armenia or Georgia? You may be a match for Imri! Two-year-old Imri Chai has an extremely rare bone marrow disorder. Imri needs a bone marrow transplant to survive but first a match must be found. Ezer Mizion, the world’s largest Jewish bone marrow registry, is working […]

Swedish-Israeli Astronaut Prepares for First Space Trip

May 13, 2019, by

It took Jessica Meir three attempts until she was finally selected for NASA’s competetive astronaut training program in 2013. Now Meir is preparing for her first space mission. Meir’s mother hails from Sweden; her father is an Iraqi-Israeli who fought in the 1948 War of Independence; the astronaut holds both Swedish and American citizenship. On […]

Dutch Soccer Fans Beat Jewish Man, Praise Nazis

May 13, 2019, by

A Jewish man was assaulted by a group of about 50 men in the Hague on Liberation Day, the Netherlands’ holiday celebrating their liberation from the Nazis. His attackers had been singing about gassing Jews. The victim, identified only as Joram, had asked the men to stop singing the offensive song, whose lyrics include the […]

OU President Moishe Bane Visit the San Antonio Jewish Community

May 10, 2019, by

On May 3-4, OU President Moishe Bane visited the community of San Antonio, speaking multiple times at Congregation Rodfei Sholom. At right, along with OU President Moishe Bane (center) are Rodfei Sholom Associate Rabbi Avraham Scheinberg (L) and Rabbi Yossi Marrus (R), Dean of Students and Director of Judaic Studies at Shmuel Bass Torah Academy […]

Thousands Open Yom HaAtzmaut with OU Israel in Yerushalayim

May 9, 2019, by

Thousands packed the First Station in Yerushalayim Wednesday evening for a special prayer and celebration organized by OU Israel in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut and OU Israel’s 40th anniversary. Most participants were recent immigrants from North America, with many saying it was their first time celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut in Israel. Prayer was led by performer […]