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Germany Accused of Downplaying Muslim Anti-Semitism

June 17, 2019, by

Al-Quds Day, named for the Arabic name for Jerusalem, was launched in Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and to oppose Zionism and Israel. International events subsequently followed. The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin is frequently cited as a prime example of the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. Despite attempts by […]

International Edition of NY Times Ends Political Cartoons

June 11, 2019, by

Pursuant to the backlash over a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was deemed to be anti-Semitic, the New York Times has announced that it will cease publication of daily political cartoons in its international edition, ending the paper’s relationship with two contract cartoonists. The offensive cartoon, which was published in April, depicted […]

36 Under 36 2019

June 6, 2019, by

As director of grassroots and community engagement for the Orthodox Union’s Teach NYS, Annie Watman helps mobilize Jewish day school parents and educators to lobby lawmakers on behalf of more affordable tuition. It’s an interesting career path for someone who grew up secular and attended public school. “It’s a little cliché, but when I went […]

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. […]

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 […]

Why Eurovision 2019 is Important for Israel

May 13, 2019, by

The annual Eurovision Song Contest, founded in 1956, is huge in Europe and beyond but largely unknown in America. There’s no cash prize but the 42 countries that participate in the competition take it quite seriously; the winning country gets to host the following year’s event. Last year, 186 million viewers tuned in for the […]