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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

Memorial Poster Honors the Victims of Pittsburgh Attack

November 1, 2018, by

From Congregation Tirefeth Beth David Jerualem in Montreal: We undertook a project a few days ago to help pay tribute to the 11 holy victims whose lives were taken in Pittsburgh. A poster with their photos and names was created. It was displayed at our community vigil Monday night, and last night 4-foot tall versions

A Pittsburgh Rebbetzin Reflects on This Week’s Tragedy

October 31, 2018, by

This Shabbos morning began like any other. My husband gave the littlest kids their breakfast so that I could get a few extra minutes of sleep. After he left for shul, I got myself and the kids dressed, and we headed next door to our shul, PZ. The only excitement was that my oldest son

Pants on Fire: The Occasional Liar is an Anomaly

December 21, 2016, by

On December 1, 18-year-old Baruch College student Yasmin Seweid reported that she had been attacked by a group of drunken men who chanted “Donald Trump,” called her a terrorist and tried to rip off her hijab. She further claimed that no one in the crowded subway car where the attack allegedly occurred came to her

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

In new Gaza clip, kids urge ‘martyrdom, blowing up enemies’

May 12, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: New footage to emerge out of a children’s festival in the Gaza Strip shows play-acting Palestinian kids urging each other to “die as martyrs” and “blow up their enemies,” and includes mock presentations of them capturing Israeli soldiers and running through what appears to be a tunnel. A video of

Kingsborough Jewish Faculty See Pattern Of Prejudice

May 12, 2016, by

From The Jewish Week: When the business department search committee members saw the CV, they felt like they had hit pay dirt. The applicant for the accounting assistant professor position not only was a certified public accountant, but also had a Ph.D. in accounting and several published articles under his belt. The committee voted unanimously

FBI Thwarts Plot Against Prominent Florida Jewish Center

May 4, 2016, by

From Fox News: A man’s planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday. James Medina is accused of trying to blow up the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center during Passover services. Officials portrayed Medina as being anti-Semitic. “MEDINA explained