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OU Staff

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

A Colombian Church That Became Orthodox

May 19, 2016, by

How far would you go for your faith? The California Sunday Magazine has this amazing story about two Colombian church leaders, René Cano and Juan Carlos, who converted to Orthodox Judaism and took their megachurch with them. The story almost has Biblical echoes: “In groups of 30, men marched to the surgeon’s office to get

113-year-old Jewish woman now oldest person in the US

May 18, 2016, by

From The JTA: The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie. After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American. Since the death of another Goldie, 114-year-old Goldie Steinberg last year, Michelson has likely been the oldest Jew in

Israel Celebrates 68th Independence Day

May 12, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Throngs of Israelis crowded national parks, beaches and IDF bases opened to the public across the country to celebrate Israel’s 68th Independence Day. The day’s festivities were marked with the traditional barbecues, flybys by the Israeli Air Force, parties and other forms of celebrations. Israelis were treated to IAF flyovers

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