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My Plea to the Jewish Communtiy

June 15, 2016, by

The following article was published in the Queens Jewish Link. Although I am only 24 years old, I see myself as having achieved more than most young adults.  A college graduate with a 3.94 GPA who balanced school, extracurricular activities, and other life responsibilities, I never could have predicted that I would one day be

OU Condemns Violent Attack in Florida

June 14, 2016, by

No American should be assailed for their personal identity. After the conclusion of the Jewish Sabbath and Holiday of Shavuot, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America stated its condemnation for the violent attack in Orlando, Florida. Nathan Diament, the Orthodox Union’s executive director for public policy stated: “The Orthodox Union strongly condemns the

Tel Aviv victims: professor, mother of 4, ex-commando, engaged woman

June 8, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: Police have released the names of the four victims killed in Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market. Forty-two-year-old Ido Ben Ari from Ramat Gan, 39-year-old Ilana Naveh from Tel Aviv, 58-year-old Michael Feige from Ramat Gan and 32-year-old Mila Mishayev from Rishon Lezion were killed when two Palestinian

Separate swim periods for women pit New York Times against city’s Orthodox

June 6, 2016, by

From the JTA: An only-in-New-York story about a public swimming pool that offered women-only swim periods for the area’s Orthodox community turned into a full-blown media firestorm when The New York Times weighed in on the subject. The pool, located in the heavily Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, had been offering women-only hours since the 1990s to accommodate those whose religious sensitivities

Orthodox Union Leadership Commends Gov. Cuomo’s anti-BDS Executive Order

June 5, 2016, by

Today the Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed strong support for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he would issue an executive order prohibiting the state from doing business with any entity associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement. Allen I. Fagin, Executive Vice President of

The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online

June 3, 2016, by

From .Mic: In the early days of the social web, putting someone’s name in multiple parentheses was meant to give that person a cute virtual hug. Today, it’s something far more sinister. Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify

Israeli Leadership Failing at Combatting BDS, State Watchdog Warns

May 24, 2016, by

The Times of Israel: The Foreign Ministry has no overall strategy, lacks funds and is failing to achieve its goals in the battle against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, a damning state comptroller’s report charged on Tuesday. State Comptroller Yosef Shapira’s annual report criticized a range of “failings” in the ministry, underlining

Gold Jewelry Hidden During Holocaust Found at Auschwitz Museum

May 24, 2016, by

From Haaretz: A gold ring and necklace, hidden inside an enamel mug that the Nazis had confiscated from a family deported to the Auschwitz death camp, were found recently at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the museum has announced. The museum put the items on display on Tuesday. Curators discovered during maintenance work that the mug

Holocaust Survivor Sings National Anthem at Detroit Tigers Game

May 24, 2016, by

From the JTA: A Holocaust survivor, fulfilling a lifelong dream, sang the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Hermina Hirsch, 89, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit prior to the Tigers’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hirsch in an interview last month with the Detroit television station WWJ

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