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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

After Shooting, CA Gov’t Promises $15 Million for Security

May 2, 2019, by

Following the deadly shooting in Poway, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to allocate $15 million for the State Nonprofit Security Grant Program. This program provides up to $200,000 per recipient in funding for security in private schools, places of worship and other nonprofit organizations. “We all must call out hate – against any and […]

Israel Offers Assistance in Aftermath of Sri Lanka Bomb Attacks

April 24, 2019, by

At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in a series of bomb attacks that hit luxury hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The first six bomb blasts occurred almost simultaneously – four in the capital of Colombo, with others in Negombo and Batticaloa. A seventh and eighth explosion […]