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‘Most Visible Jews’ Fear Being Targets as Anti-Semitism Rises

February 20, 2020, by

A rabbinical student was walking down a quiet street in Brooklyn last winter, chatting on the phone with his father when three men jumped him from behind. They punched his head, knocking him to the ground before fleeing down the block. When police officers arrested three suspects later that night, the student, a Hasidic man

Security for Jews Gets Serious

February 6, 2020, by

Security has become the number-one issue on the minds of American Jews due to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks. Recent acts of violence in places like shuls and kosher markets have engendered a very clear demand from the Jewish community and its representatives: Jewish institutions need more security. And for that security to be adequate

Orthodox Union EVP Allen Fagin meets with AG Barr

January 30, 2020, by

OU Executive Vice President Allen Fagin attended a meeting in Brooklyn this week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who convened the meeting with Jewish leaders to discuss combating hate crimes and antisemitism. The meeting drew widespread media attention – please see coverage below: AP The New York Times CNN The Washington Post ABC News

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism: Blurring of lines

January 6, 2020, by

In 2020, hatred of Jews will continue to manifest itself as the lines blur between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. Antisemitism has always been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its resurgence both in the United States and abroad is alarming for a new reason, and has had a debilitating effect on

Here’s what Congress can do to combat anti-semitism

January 2, 2020, by

For the American Jewish community, 2019 was a year of enormous trauma. The second fatal attack ever on synagogue worshippers took place in Poway, California – making the prior one at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life no longer an isolated event. Assaults upon Jews walking the streets of Brooklyn increased in violence and frequency. Patrons of

Jersey City Shooting is Another Ugly Moment of anti-Semitism that Needs to Stop

December 12, 2019, by

Anti-Semitism has been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its manifestations both in the United States and abroad are alarming for a new reason: the degree to which the mainstream of civil society — politicians, media, academics, public intellectuals — has seemingly tolerated, without loud and sustained outcry,

What’s the Matter with Kids Today?

March 12, 2019, by

Remember the musical Bye Bye Birdie? In it, Paul Lynde sings this famous refrain: Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today! Kids! Who can understand anything they say? Kids! They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs – Noisy, crazy, sloppy, lazy loafers! And while we’re on the subject, Kids! You can talk and talk

Dear Anti-Semitism

November 14, 2018, by

Dear Anti-Semitism, I have heard and read about you so many times in my life, especially this week. I have seen you. I have felt you. I have experienced you. You paved the course of my life even before I was able to understand what you are. My grandparents and parents fled from you, which

A Shabbat to Remember – 80 Years Since Kristallnacht

November 8, 2018, by

This Shabbat (November 9-10) will mark 80 years since Kristallnacht, the ‘Night of the Broken Glass,’ when the Nazis destroyed hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish businesses. Below are some news reports and videos, including firsthand accounts from survivors: These Jewish Children Were Eyewitnesses to Kristallnacht (Ha’aretz) Kristallnacht survivor Andy Factor warns of rising