Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Was it looted by the Nazis?

A German foundation has asked an expert panel to rule whether its painting by Spanish artist Juan Gris was looted by the Nazis.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_27146662/german-foundation-seeks-ruling-jewish-art-claim

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Holiday songs

Christians don’t seem to mind that so many beloved Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Jews tend to reel off the list with pride.
Continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/14/christmas-hanukkah-songs_n_6311324.html

Monday, 8 December 2014

Holocaust retribution

Seven decades after being sent to Nazi concentration camps, survivors of the Holocaust will have the chance to get retribution -- from the government of France.

France signed an agreement Monday with U.S. authorities to pay $60 million to Holocaust survivors transported to concentration camps, said Arnaud Guillois, a spokesman for the French Embassy in Washington.
Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/05/world/europe/france-holocaust-payments/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Burying the cemetery

A town in central Poland has prepared a development plan that will turn a Jewish cemetery into a residential complex with underground parking.
The Jewish community of Warsaw and local activist Robert Augustyniak, who is not Jewish, have protested the plan.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/11/26/news-opinion/world/polish-town-plans-to-turn-jewish-cemetery-into-apartment-complex#ixzz3KB4pI9IE

Monday, 24 November 2014

A priceless collection

A Swiss museum agreed on Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but said it will work with German officials to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners are returned.
Continue reading: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/24/swiss-museum-accepts-hidden-art-bequeathed-by-controversial-dealer/

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Two charged

Two men have been charged with committing racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage in the Stamford Hill area of north-east London, home to one of the UK’s largest Jewish communities. Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/18/stamford-hill-criminal-damage-jewish-community-pair

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tyres slashed

Below is a video posted on YouTube with the identifying information, "LONDON Stamford Hill: Shomrim have so far amassed a list of 50+ vehicles that have had its tyres slashed in N16 & E5 area on 16/11/14."

Monday, 10 November 2014

Their Jewish identities

U.S. Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elana Kagan talked about their Jewish identities at the opening plenary of the 2014 General Assembly conference of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Read more: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/u.s._supreme_court_justices_talk_jewish_at_g.a._opening

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Measure of a Man

He survived the savagery of the Holocaust, made it to America with barely a penny and became a world-famous tailor in Brooklyn, dressing celebrities and presidents. In his new memoir, “Measure of a Man,” Martin Greenfield tells the story of his extraordinary life. In this excerpt, he explains how the concentration camps nearly stripped him of his humanity at age 16 — and the day he got it back.
Read more: http://nypost.com/2014/11/09/famed-tailors-amazing-tale-of-revenge-after-the-holocaust/

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

"Portrait of a Lady" to be returned

The Art Gallery of Hamilton has agreed to return a painting that was looted by the Nazis during the Second World War to its rightful owners.

"Portrait of a Lady," a 17th century painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Verspronck, was stolen from the Salomonsohn family by Nazi authorities in 1940.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/hamilton-gallery-returns-painting-stolen-by-nazis-to-jewish-family-1.2823415

Saturday, 1 November 2014

An avalanche of lawsuits

The head of the World Jewish Congress warned a Swiss art museum that it risks an “avalanche” of lawsuits if it accepts the bequest of a collection of artwork amassed by a man who dealt in art for the Nazis.
Continue reading: http://www.kosherpress.com/jewish-congress-warns-swiss-museum-to-reject-nazi-art-hoard/

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Man arrested in Peru

Peruvian authorities arrested a man that they said belongs to Hezbollah and Israeli media reported was planning an attack on Jewish targets.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/30/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/peruvians-arrest-alleged-hezbollah-operative#ixzz3HfNZtFIu

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A sign of trust

Poland’s culture minister said the multi-million-dollar generosity of Jewish donors to the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews represented a sign of trust, or even forgiveness.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/28/news-opinion/world/jewish-donations-to-polish-jewish-museum-are-sign-of-trust-forgiveness-minister-says#ixzz3HROcF8No

Monday, 27 October 2014

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A 2,000-year-old stone

Israeli archaeologists displayed on Tuesday a 2,000-year-old stone block unearthed in Jerusalem that they hope will help shed new light on a Jewish revolt against the Romans.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/21/us-mideast-jerusalem-archaeology-idUSKCN0IA22020141021

Beyond belief

Nigel Farage has been openly attacked by a body that represents Britain's Jewish community for pairing up with a controversial Polish MEP in the European Parliament.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was "beyond belief" Ukip had aligned itself with Robert Iwaszkiewicz of the Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP), whose leader has been denounced as a Holocaust denier.
Continue reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nigel-farage/11177762/Jewish-group-attacks-Nigel-Farages-decision-to-partner-Ukip-with-controversial-Polish-MEP.html

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Protest against "The Death of Klinghoffer"

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani reportedly will lead a protest against the controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer.” The opera, which tells the story of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old Jewish-American passenger in a wheelchair, will premiere at the New York Metropolitan Opera House on Monday. The opera by John Adams debuted in 1991.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/19/arts-entertainment/ex-mayor-giuliani-to-lead-protest-against-mets-death-of-klinghoffer#ixzz3GajNT31Y

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bullying Jewish girls

An association of Orthodox schools has said Ofsted inspectors left young girls “traumatised” after asking them if they had a boyfriend, how babies are made and whether they knew that two men could marry.
Read more: http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/ofsted-bullying/

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Jews and human nature

 Human nature does not allow us to feel neutral about Jews, Martin Amis has claimed.
The author, whose latest novel returns to the subject of the Holocaust, said people either love or hate Jews but rarely feel any emotion in between.
Continue reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11157560/Martin-Amis-we-cant-be-neutral-about-Jews.html

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Swastikas at Emory University

Offensive graffiti — including swastikas — was found early Sunday morning on the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter house at Emory University, the university confirmed to Business Insider Sunday.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/swastikas-emory-aepi-2014-10#ixzz3FKikaTXH

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Santa Barbara fliers

A number of unknown students at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California started off the new school year this past weekend with posters proclaiming that Jews were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 Continue reading: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fliers-posted-at-u-of-california-santa-barbara-blame-jews-for-911/2014/10/02/

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The timing of the game

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jewish students at the University of Georgia are discouraged that the college has scheduled its homecoming game on the religion’s holiest of days.
UGA is set to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday, but the Jewish students say their observation of Yom Kippur will prevent them from attending the game. The students have written a letter they plan to deliver to university officials this week about their disappointment in the timing of the game.
Continue reading: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/jewish-uga-students-question-scheduling-homecoming/nhYXr/

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Support for Israel

Students and faculty members from Northwestern’s Jewish organizations spoke publicly in support of Israel on Monday afternoon at a social event hosted by Fiedler Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition.
Read more: http://dailynorthwestern.com/2014/09/29/campus/members-of-northwesterns-jewish-community-gather-in-support-of-israel/

Monday, 29 September 2014

Police to deploy for Saturday holidays

Israeli police are to deploy in extra strength in mixed Jewish-Muslim areas on Saturday, fearful of trouble as the two faiths mark major holy days, police said. In a rare concurrence of the calendars of the two religions, this year the main Islamic feast of Eid el-Adha falls on the same day as the solemn Jewish fast of Yom Kippur.
- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/middle-east/story/israel-fears-unrest-jewish-muslim-holy-days-coincide-20140929#sthash.q7LMsdSX.dpuf

Visiting the sick

Program helps Jews find sacred moments in visiting sick

Monday, 22 September 2014

Labour party suspends candidate

Community leaders and Israel activists have applauded the Labour Party for suspending a parliamentary candidate who described Israel as “evil” and questioning why Islamic State had not attacked the Jewish state. 
Read more: http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/labour-candidate-israel-rant/

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Comic strip sparks outrage

Hipster Hitler comic strip sparks outrage from Jewish activists who vow to shred copies

Play ball on Jewish Sabbath

The US Tennis Association says a team of Orthodox Jewish old-timers must play on the Jewish Sabbath or forfeit a shot at title.
Members of the team from Long Beach, L.I., a 55-and-up squad, say they’re being discriminated against because the USTA knows they can’t play on a Saturday, according to papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court. Nine of the 12 team members are Orthodox.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/tennis-association-orthodox-jews-play-sabbath-forfeit-article-1.1946415

Friday, 19 September 2014

13-year-olds penalized for vandalizing Jewish cemetery

Two Manchester boys who cannot be named because they are only 13, were given penalties for vandalizing a Jewish cemetery in Greater Manchester on Rochdale Old Road, Higher Blackley in June.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

High Holidays and security

With the approach of celebrations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, acting Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan is urging the Jewish community to also think about security.
Read more: http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2014/09/union_county_acting_sheriff_urges_caution_during_jewish_holy_day_celebration.html

Sunday, 14 September 2014

European Day of Jewish Culture

Twenty-seven European countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture on Sunday — an initiative aimed at opening the doors of Jewish communities, heritage sites and culture to the non-Jewish world, as well as deepening Jews' own knowledge of their history in Europe.
Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/09/14/348002796/italys-little-jerusalem-opens-the-doors-to-jewish-history

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Wife threatened

Charges have been filed against a Muslim man (21), originally from the neighborhood of Issawia in Jerusalem, for threatening to blow up his pregnant wife with a bomb. The woman is Jewish and converted to Islam, according to a report on Erev Eilat News.
Continue reading: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/muslim-man-threatens-to-blow-up-his-jewish-wife-in-eilat/2014/09/13/

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Germany to pay reparations

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany announced this week that they had secured approximately 250 million dollars, from the German government to be paid to Holocaust survivors who were children at the time of the war.
Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Germany-to-pay-250-Million-to-child-Holocaust-survivors-374596?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Kolkata's dwindling Jewish community

Documenting the contribution of the fast dwindling Jewish community of Kolkata, a digital archive has brought together a collection of their fading memories.
Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/kolkata-s-jewish-connect-archived-digitally-114090400187_1.html

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Kerry roundtable discussion

US Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a roundtable discussion on the increase in anti-Semitism with American and European Jewish community leaders.
Read more:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-meets-jewish-leaders-on-rising-anti-semitism/#ixzz3CHBF0BBJ

Monday, 1 September 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Jewish roots

Millions of people around the world may discover Jewish roots with the increasing availability of home genetics tests and concurrent growth in popularity of genealogical websites, according to a Jerusalem think tank.
Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Home-genetics-kits-could-identify-millions-with-Jewish-roots-372835

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Massive photo archive

A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers.
The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.
Continue reading: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/08/26/massive-photo-archive-of-pre-holocaust-eastern-european-jewish-life-made-available-to-public/

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Looted painting must be returned

German experts investigating the trove of Nazi-looted art stashed in the home of the late Cornelius Gurlitt announced Friday that a 1901 Max Liebermann painting, “Two Riders on the Beach,” was stolen during World War II and must be returned to the heirs of German-Jewish art collector David Friedmann, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Read more: http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/182667/germany-orders-nazi-looted-painting-returned-to-jewish-heirs

Monday, 18 August 2014

Kosher food removed

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict appeared to spill out into British supermarkets at the weekend, as demonstrators in Birmingham targeted Israeli produce and kosher food was removed in Holborn.
Continue reading: http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/mid-eastg-conflict-spills-uk-grocery-shopping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mid-eastg-conflict-spills-uk-grocery-shopping

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Flying high

JEWISH leaders have held talks with officials at Glasgow City Council over the controversial decision to fly the Palestinian flag over the City Chambers today.
Continue reading: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/jewish-leaders-meet-city-chiefs-over-flag-storm.24983074

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Too drunk to be interviewed

A group of youths accused of launching an anti-Semitic stream of abuse at a bus load of Jewish primary school children in Sydney's east were dressed in school uniforms and produced bus passes to board the vehicle, police say.
Five youths, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested in Rose Bay in the early hours of Thursday morning but were too drunk to be interviewed at the time, superintendent Jason Box, the Eastern Suburbs local area commander, said.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/youths-accused-of-racist-attack-on-busload-of-jewish-children-too-drunk-to-be-interviewed-20140807-101d1t.html#ixzz39gL4Kmt8

Jewish self-defense

Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters rampaged through the Jewish quarter of this northern suburb of Paris in July, some chanting, “Death to Jews.” As the rioters attacked a funeral home and set fire to a pharmacy, a band of young Jews formed a human shield in front of the main synagogue, brandishing motorcycle helmets as weapons.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/07/world/europe/militant-jewish-group-confronts-protesters-in-a-tense-france.html?_r=0

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film festival

The Tricycle theatre in London is facing criticism after its refusal to host the UK Jewish Film Festival on the grounds it is partially funded by the Israeli embassy.
Continue reading: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/aug/05/tricycle-theatre-jewish-film-festival-cancelled-israel-gaza

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Fairfax apologizes for cartoon of man adorned in Jewish symbols

Jewish community groups have welcomed an apology from media company Fairfax over a cartoon about the conflict in Gaza.

The cartoon, published in the Sydney Morning Herald last month, depicted an elderly man adorned in Jewish symbols pointing at the site of a bombing with a remote control.

The Australian Press Council received several complaints about the cartoon, by Glen Le Lievre, and Federal Attorney-General George Brandis described it as "deplorable".

Fairfax apologised in an editorial published today.

The Imam's preaching

Tiffiny Ruegner writes Muslim Imam in Tennessee PREACHES “Jews & Christians are Filthy, Their Lives & Property can be Taken in Jihad by Muslims” in America.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Monetary judgment awarded to Jewish police officer

A Jewish Chicago police officer was awarded a $540,000 judgment against a former superior who allegedly taunted him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/30/news-opinion/united-states/540k-judgment-for-chicago-cop-in-anti-semitic-harassment-case#ixzz38zI8LQvO

Calls for resignation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has called for the resignation of a National Rifle Association lobbyist who reportedly linked gun control to the Holocaust.
At a news conference Tuesday at the federation’s Seattle headquarters, President Keith Dvorchik said longtime NRA spokesman Brian Judy should resign for reportedly connecting a ballot initiative designed to reduce gun violence to Nazi policies that led to the Holocaust.
Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024193602_federationnraxml.html

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ambassador for religious freedom

President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998.
Continue reading: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/rabbi-david-saperstein-will-be-first-non-christian-to-serve-as-us-ambassador-for-religious-freedom/2014/07/28/ee694ac2-1671-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_story.html

Man arrested for hurling firebombs

Police in Toulouse arrested a man who hurled three firebombs at a Jewish community center and the officers guarding it.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/28/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/firebombs-fail-to-ignite-at-toulouse-jewish-center#ixzz38lRQ5lf7

Taking legal action

The Jewish Community of Madrid said it would take legal steps against a celebrated writer who cited Israel’s Gaza operation in justifying past expulsions of Jews.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/27/news-opinion/world/madrid-jews-to-defend-against-author-who-justified-expulsions#ixzz38lK5IsqC

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Principal reassigned

The principal of an international school in Chicago was reassigned after an anti-Semitic bullying incident in which Jewish children were shown pictures of ovens and told to get in.
Continue reading: http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/principal-reassigned-after-jewish-students-shown-photos-ovens-and-told-get

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Monitoring a demonstration

BERLIN—Police here sent 1,000 officers to monitor a demonstration Friday against Israel's military actions in Gaza, after other protests against Israel in German cities in recent days featured anti-Semitic slogans.
Continue reading: http://online.wsj.com/articles/berlin-closely-monitors-protest-against-gaza-assault-anti-jewish-hostilities-in-other-cities-1406311117

Friday, 25 July 2014

Cracking down on incitement

Following repeated calls to kill Jews in protest rallies in The Hague, representatives of the Dutch Jewish community urged local authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic incitement.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/25/news-opinion/world/dutch-jews-seek-ban-on-rallies-featuring-hate-speech#ixzz38VE9Qy3o

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Duping the Nazis

How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis

The astonishing, untold story of the Buchenwald vaccine scam.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/lice-doctor-lviv-nazi-germany-109255.html#ixzz38LV8c9b1

Dogs allowed

A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/23/news-opinion/world/belgian-watchdog-complains-over-no-jews-allowed-cafe-sign#ixzz38JSY20jx


Two British boys who had been kidnapped by their father in Russia have been reunited with their Orthodox Jewish mother in London.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/23/news-opinion/united-states/london-jewish-mother-reunited-with-kidnapped-sons#ixzz38I1dAIbC

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Appointment of Jewish student representative

The regents voted Wednesday for a Jewish undergraduate from UCLA to join a Muslim from UC Berkeley as the student voices on the panel. The two, who both faced controversy over their selections, promised to cooperate on student-related causes, although they have taken opposing positions on whether UC should divest its holdings in companies that do business with the Israeli military.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-uc-regents-20140717-story.html

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Out of protest

A Belgian Jewish woman said an Antwerp shop owner refused to serve her “out of protest.”
The woman, identified by the initials B.H., told police and the Jewish monthly Joods Actueel that she was declined service on Monday when she entered his clothes store in the shopping district of central Antwerp.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/15/news-opinion/world/report-antwerp-shop-owner-wont-sell-to-jews-in-protest#ixzz37ZsRbBX9

The Ruderman Prize

Five organizations are recipients of the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Prize in Inclusion, honoring groups that provide services to foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/15/news-opinion/united-states/five-groups-around-world-win-ruderman-prize-in-inclusion#ixzz37XPih0zz

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Premier Mike Baird has publicly reprimanded the chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission, Vic Alhadeff, over “inappropriate” remarks that accuse Palestine of war crimes and appear to gloss over Israeli violence.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jewish-leader-vic-alhadeff-slammed-over-hamas-war-crimes-remark-20140711-zt4vv.html#ixzz37Igo2L8g

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Faster than a goose feather

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.
Continue reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/torah-robot-berlin-jewish-museum_n_5574936.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=World

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A terrifying ordeal

For the German photographer who chose a picture of a Jewish child as the ideal Aryan for Nazi propagandists, it was a sly joke. For the child's family, it became a terrifying ordeal.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/usa-jewisharyanbaby-idUSL2N0PK1RU20140709

Mincha-Maariv/Rest Area near JFK

Flying in and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport is about to become much easier for Jewish travelers with the opening of the Rabbi Morton Friedman Mincha-Maariv/Rest Area just minutes away from JFK.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sir Nicholas Winston, who organized "Kindertransports", to be honoured

A Briton who saved Jews in occupied Prague from almost certain death in Nazi concentration camps is to be awarded the Czech Republic's highest honour.

Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 650 mostly Jewish children from the Holocaust by organising the 'Kindertransports' to the UK, will receive the Order of the White Lion.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2660128/Britains-Schindler-Sir-Nicholas-Winton-105-saved-Jewish-children-organising-Kindertransports-UK-set-receive-highest-Czech-honour.html#ixzz34v3KiOo8 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Yearbook contains anti-Semitic slight

At first glance, Monta Vista High School's yearbook looks impressive, the successful result of an all-out effort to put out a pristine product. But buried among its slick photos and creative captions is an anti-Semitic slight -- purposely planted by a student against a Jewish classmate from Israel.
Continue reading: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25932759/mockery-jewish-boy-slips-past-cupertino-yearbook-editors

Monday, 9 June 2014

Greek Jews disappointed

Makis Voridis, a longtime member of ultranationalist parties, was appointed health minister in Greece. 
 Monday’s appointment, part of a widespread government reshuffle, was met with disappointment by members of the Greek Jewish community.
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/greek-jews-rap-appointment-of-ultranationalist-as-health-minister/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Holocaust scholar's body found

The body of Robert Kuwalek, one of Poland’s foremost Holocaust scholars, was found days after he had been reported missing in Ukraine.
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/body-of-missing-polish-holocaust-scholar-found/#ixzz3459DXDFd 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Beefing up security in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is to beef up security around Jewish synagogues and schools following last month's shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum which left three people dead, its mayor announced on Friday.
read more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/amsterdam-to-up-jewish/1139556.html

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Ineffective reaction

In the wake of shocking revelations about students at a Chicago public school engaging in severe anti-Semitic bullying, a mother of one young victim is sharply criticizing local school district leaders for their allegedly minimal and ineffective reaction. 
Continue reading: http://jpupdates.com/2014/06/02/chicago-victims-mother-decries-minimal-school-reaction-anti-jewish-bullying-son/

Monday, 2 June 2014

Walking free

A MAN accused of involvement in a violent attack on a Jewish family in Bondi last year has walked free from a Sydney court.
Spartaco Marciano Di Bella, 24, was charged with affray over the incident, which left three members of the Behar family and two friends with serious injuries.
Continue reading: http://www.jewishnews.net.au/charge-against-alleged-bondi-basher-dropped/35293

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Blasting Reform and Conservative leaders

Members of Reform and Conservative synagogues have signed on to recent full-page advertisements in Jewish newspapers around the country, blasting their denomination’s leaders for supporting the (eventually failed) bid of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Continue reading: http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/05/31/conservatives-reform-debate-j-street-role/

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

State department tweet and apology

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Continue reading: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/state-dept-apologizes-for-promoting-muslim-cleric-who-backed-killing-of-u-s-soldiers/

Audi and the inmates

A new report by German car company Audi shows that 3,700 concentration camp inmates were forced to work in its factories during World War II.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/05/27/news-opinion/world/new-report-shows-concentration-camp-inmates-forced-to-work-for-audi#ixzz32tlYfnD0

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Jewish baseball

The rarity arose in the initial meeting of first-year Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his second baseman Ian Kinsler, newly traded from the Texas Rangers: a Jewish player reporting to a Jewish manager.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/05/19/arts-entertainment/echoes-of-greenberg-tigers-roaring-with-jewish-duo-ausmus-and-kinsler#ixzz32G2Czk6m

Saturday, 17 May 2014

No candles allowed

A group of Orthodox Jews say they are "very upset" with the continued block on using university housing in Aberystwyth for their annual holidays.

The community has rented about 120 houses at an Aberystwyth University-owned student village for 20 years.

But a ban on lighting candles as part of religious ceremonies prevented last year's holiday - and the ban remains in place despite talks.
Continue reading: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-27408357

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Condemning a call for a boycott

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), has condemned a call by a group of American actors led by Danny Glover for an all-out cultural boycott of Israel.
Read more: http://www.jwire.com.au/news/hollywood-urged-to-speak-out-against-bds/42536

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Keeping Mount of Olives safe

More than 100 Orthodox rabbis, mostly from the United States, are urging action against ongoing Arab attacks on the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/05/11/news-opinion/united-states/rabbis-urge-action-against-arab-attacks-on-jewish-cemetery-on-mount-of-olives#ixzz31PsjmtUq

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Collapse of peace talks

A letter reportedly sent by Israel’s national security chief to the White House, the EU and numerous ambassadors blames the Palestinians for the collapse of peace talks, and claims to include hard proof that PA officials were devising measures to thwart the process even before Israel refused to release a fourth round of Palestinian prisoners at the end of March.
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-official-palestinians-purposely-stymied-talks/#ixzz311gkhUDN

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Increasing anti-Semitism in Latin America

Sammy Eppel, activist and director of The Commission for Human Rights at B’nai B’rith Venezuela, said on Monday that anti-Semitism in Latin America has significantly increased in recent years.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/01/venezuelan-jewish-leader-says-anti-semitism-has-exploded-in-recent-years-in-latin-america/

Monday, 28 April 2014

Recognizing the Jewish state

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he will introduce legislation that would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority unless its government recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

Paul (R-Ky.), a likely contender for the Republican presidential nod in 2016, said the law was needed because of the interim governance agreement last week between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/04/28/news-opinion/politics/rand-paul-cut-aid-to-palestinians-unless-they-recognize-israel-as-jewish-state#ixzz30DpvhMaR

Friday, 25 April 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Shocking eviction notices

The Times of Israel reports on shocking mock eviction notices distributed to NYU students by Students for Justice in Palestine. Click here to read.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ukraine's Jews

Jews in eastern Ukraine are so concerned over their safety after last week's alleged anti-Semitic incidents that they are seeking advice on repatriation to Israel, it was claimed today.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608836/Jews-Ukraine-seeking-escape-Israel-letter-demanding-register-pro-Russian-forces.html#ixzz2zRoIyvIc 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

First Jewish PM hopeful

Ed Miliband has said he wants to become Britain’s first Jewish prime minister and will not be held back by the “elements” of anti-Semitism that still exist in this country.
Continue reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ed-miliband/10761625/Ed-Milibands-hope-to-be-Britains-first-Jewish-PM.html

Friday, 11 April 2014

Ending the practice

Under pressure from the local rabbinical court, a London Orthodox rabbi ended the practice of women carrying a Torah scroll during prayers at his synagogue.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/04/11/news-opinion/world/rabbinical-court-forces-downgrade-of-womens-role-at-london-shul#ixzz2yaFH0B00

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The pro-Israel lobby

Former foreign minister Bob Carr has published private text messages between himself and Julia Gillard to reveal the "extraordinary" level of influence the pro-Israel lobby had on the former prime minister's office.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bob-carrs-texts-to-gillard-reveal--extraordinary-influence-proisrael-lobby-had-on-former-pm-20140410-36dys.html#ixzz2yTMs0EuC

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Offensive poster removed

The Fairview superintendent ordered a Lincoln School teacher to remove a poster created by her sixth-grade students after one Jewish staff member complained that the images were anti-Semitic and offensive.
Read more: http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2014/04/offensive_holocaust_poster_removed_from_fairview_school_after_staff_member_complaint.html

Monday, 7 April 2014

Promised advertising

A Southwest Ranches cemetery owned by a company that is the subject of several lawsuits across the country has been sued by a Plantation woman who alleges it did not adhere to Jewish laws and customs as it promised in its advertising.
Continue reading: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-lawsuit-jewish-cemetery-20140407,0,4571594.story

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Rise in physical attacks agains Jews in New York

The number of Jews who were assaulted in New York City last year more than tripled, and seven were victims of vicious “knockout game” attacks.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nyc-attacks-jews-triples-2013-adl-article-1.1742114#ixzz2xldKM7Iq

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bias attack

Immediately following a wedding in Borough Park at 2:30am Tuesday morning, a 65 year-old Orthodox Jewish visitor from Great Britain was attacked and injured in what some are calling a twisted version of the “knockout game.”
Read more: http://crownheights.info/jewish-news/431121/65-year-old-possible-victim-of-knockout-game/

Friday, 21 March 2014

Painting to be returned

A museum in Norway co-founded by the Olympic skating champion Sonja Henie has agreed to return one of its signature works, a portrait by Matisse, to the New York family of a prewar Paris art dealer after determining the painting was stolen by the Nazis.
Read more: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/norwegian-museum-to-return-matisse-looted-from-french-art-dealer-by-the-nazis/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Jewish victims of Ukraine uprising

Of the approximately 100 people killed during the protests in Kiev that swept Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power in February, three were Jews, according to Vyacheslav Likhachev, a Ukrainian anti-Semitism expert.
Read more: http://forward.com/articles/194722/three-jews-among-those-killed-in-ukraine-uprising/?p=all#ixzz2wJO5jw4k

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Anti-semitic statements

A Parti Qubecois candidate for election to the National Assembly of Quebec reaffirmed earlier controversial statements considered by many to be anti-Semitic. In an interview Thursday in Montreal’s “La Presse” newspaper, Louise Mailloux, a candidate from Montreal’s Gouin district, confirmed that she “absolutely” stands by critical remarks about kosher certification and other Jewish rituals made in a news article in 2012.
Read more: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/16/QUEBEC-CANDIDATE-ABSOLUTELY-STANDS-BY-ANTISEMITIC-STATEMENTS

Friday, 14 March 2014

Losing patience

The Waters family, of the Boston suburb of Framingham, are losing their patience with Indian bureaucracy as they try to repatriate the body of their daughter, Paula, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Indian island of Goa, on Saturday, for a Jewish burial.
Continue reading: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/03/13/boston-jewish-family-petition-india-to-return-daughters-body-for-burial-video/

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Jewish volunteer paramedics must be prosecuted for using sirens and lights

High Court upholds 'blues-and-twos' charge for volunteer paramedics from Jewish emergency medical service
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2579800/High-Court-upholds-blues-twos-charge-volunteer-paramedics-Jewish-emergency-medical-service.html#ixzz2vrxDUft9 

Chained women

In Jewish society, there are estimated to be thousands of women in broken marriages where their husband refuses to give them the necessary religious document enabling a divorce. In some cases, the wife can remain trapped in the situation for years, unable to remarry or move on.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26446360

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Film about interfaith friendship to premiere in April

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that a documentary short produced by Chelsea Clinton will hold its world premiere during the festival at the end of April.
Directed by Linda G. Mills, with Clinton as its Executive Producer, the film "Of Many" documents the extraordinary friendship between two religious leaders -- one Muslim, one Jewish -- and the rewards and costs of their uncommon alliance.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/chelsea-clinton-of-many-_n_4942499.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Sunday, 9 March 2014

SNCF negotiations

A coalition of Holocaust survivors and families headquartered in New York has battled to block lucrative contracts to an affiliate of Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, leading the rail system to start formal negotiations with State Department representatives. The foreign company transported some 76,000 Jews to concentration camps. Only about 3,000 survived.

...“The SNCF wants desperately to do business here,” said Harriet Tamen, the Manhattan attorney representing some 600 U.S., Israeli and French Jews. “It wasn’t an attack of morals that caused them to reach out now.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/french-rail-system-possibly-pay-reparations-jewish-families-article-1.1715443#ixzz2vTtLjoQX

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

On evolution

A Jewish girls school in Hackney has been redacting questions on evolution on science exam papers because they do not fit in with their beliefs.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Far-right rally held in former synagogue

A political rally by the Hungarian far-right party Jobbik in a former synagogue sparked protests Friday by anti-fascist demonstrators, who accused the group of "provocation".  
Around 100 protesters, some wearing yellow stars pinned to their coats, held candles outside the building in the town of Esztergom, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Budapest.  
Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177483#.Uv_C56SPLcc

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Convicted of hate speech

An Islamist football referee in Norway has been convicted of hate speech after apparently threatening to shoot Jews for complaining about anti-Semitism, a prominent English language news outlet in the country reported on Friday.
Read more: http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4704/norwegian_islamist_soccer_referee_convicted_of_anti_semitic_hate_speech

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Jewish conspiracy to resurrect Hanukkah

A candidate from the main opposition party in Greece accused the country’s prime minister of heading a Jewish conspiracy.
Theodoros Karypidis, the left-wing Syriza Party’s hopeful for governor of Western Macedonia, said on his Facebook page that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was at the head of a Jewish plot to visit “a new Hanukkah against the Greeks.”
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/02/06/news-opinion/world/greek-politician-accuses-prime-minister-of-heading-jewish-conspiracy#ixzz2sZK94MXF

Saturday, 1 February 2014

WJC strongly protests

The World Jewish Congress has strongly protested calls by Swedish and Danish medical associations for a ban on religious male circumcision.
In Sweden, the recommendation came in a resolution unanimously adopted last week by the ethics council of the Sweden Medical Association — a union whose members constitute 85 percent of the country’s physicians, according to Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
It recommended setting 12 as the minimum age for the procedure and the boy’s consent.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Police search two homes in Chatham

Members of an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect want to know why Quebec police swooped down on their settlement north of here Wednesday night, searching two homes.
Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/01/29/cops-swoop-down-on-jewish-sect-near-chatham

Clintons pay respects to Edgar Bronfman

A memorial service for a businessman and Jewish leader at Lincoln Center draws former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They came to pay final respects to Edgar Bronfman, who died in December.
Read more: http://www.ny1.com/content/politics/political_news/202675/clintons-remember-jewish-rights-activist-edgar-bronfman-at-lincoln-center-memorial

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Recognizing the Jewish State

U.S. President Barack Obama referred to Israel as a “Jewish State” during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority to do the same.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/29/obama-refers-to-jewish-state-of-israel-hours-after-netanyahu-calls-for-pa-to-do-same/

Monday, 27 January 2014

Hillary Clinton to be honoree at AJC dinner

The American Jewish Congress plans to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton in March at a gala dinner in Manhattan — an event that will put her in front of a key group of potential supporters in a future presidential campaign.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/hillary-clinton-american-jewish-congress-102670.html#ixzz2rfeQQH5A

No sale

You can buy and sell just about anything on Craigslist, as long as you’re not looking to score a Jewish baby name to the tune of $20,000.
Read more: http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/what-cant-you-sell-on-craigslist-a-jewish-baby-name-for-20000/

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A new Jewish caucus

A group of lawmakers has formed the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to weigh in on issues of priority to members, including immigration, civil rights and Israel, according to its chairman, state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).
...Among the issues the group will address: In the last two years, some University of California student organizations and governments have approved resolutions urging the U.C. Board of Regents to divest from companies linked to the Israeli military.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Opposition to war memorial in Hungary

Hungarian Jewish groups on Tuesday called for the government to cancel plans to erect a large memorial to the country's March 1944 occupation by Germany.
Critics see the statue as part of efforts by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to blur the responsibility of Hungarian officials and security forces in the deportations of Jews during the Holocaust.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Dress code on trial

The New York City human rights commission is putting three Jewish business owners on trial tomorrow for discrimination in the heavily Hasidic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Orthodox Jewish business owners' supposed crime? Posting a dress code in storefront windows:
Continue reading: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/nyc-human-rights-commission-targets-jews-anti-israel-witness_774901.html?utm_campaign=Washington+Examiner&utm_source=washingtonexaminer.com&utm_medium=referral

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Jewish apps

Teaching young people – and millennials – about religion can be a chore, not to mention sometimes boring or confusing for the students. One tech firm in San Francisco may have an answer for those young followers of the Jewish faith: G-dcast.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2014/01/19/judaism-in-cartoons-and-iphone-apps/

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Jewish Cardinal

Made as a film for the French-German television network, Arté, “The Jewish Cardinal,” screening January 20 at the New York Jewish Film Festival, nevertheless has the scope and sobriety of a feature film.
Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/190978/jew-and-cardinal-both/#ixzz2qdokkMnH

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

An apology

We reported last week that Rabbi Jack Moline, the National Jewish Democratic Council director, berated the American Jewish Committee and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for “strong-arm tactics” to get senators behind an Iran sanctions bill the Obama administration opposes.
...Moline emailed me yesterday to apologize — but only to the AJC:
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/01/14/news-opinion/politics/moline-apologizes-to-american-jewish-committee-but-not-aipac#ixzz2qS4vVZ2f

Praying for rain in Morocco

At the request of the king, prayers for rain were held at synagogues throughout Morocco.
The prayers were recited on Saturday, one day after Muslims said similar prayers in mosques at the request of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan daily Le Matin reported. The king made the request upon learning that Morocco may suffer a drought this year.
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/01/14/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/moroccos-jewish-community-prays-for-rain-at-kings-request#ixzz2qOLrRqDk

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Canceled tour

French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who has been accused of anti-Semitism in connection with his Nazi-style “quenelle” salute, has canceled his planned nationwide “The Wall” tour after several cities banned his show.
Read more: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/12/french-comedian-who-popularized-nazi-style-salute-cancels-nationwide-tour/

Friday, 10 January 2014

Rising sales of “Mein Kampf”

Earlier this week, Vocativ published a piece examining an alarming trend: e-book versions of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” have been rising steadily to the top of the best-seller charts on iTunes and Amazon.
Continue reading: http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/01/09/why-is-hitlers-mein-kampf-rising-to-the-top-of-book-charts/

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Marsha Kreuzman meets her American soldier savior

It’s been almost 70 years, but Marsha Kreuzman still remembers the moment she laid outside the steps of a Nazi crematorium wishing she could die.
Kreuzman had already lost her mother, father and brother to the Holocaust, and death seemed inevitable, she said.
But then an American soldier picked up her 68-pound body and whisked her to safety.
“I wanted to kiss his hand and thank him,” she said. “From the first day I was liberated, I wanted to thank them, but I didn’t know who to thank.”
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/04/holocaust-survivor-meets-liberator_n_4537285.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Helping UEFA to fight anti-Semitism

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) offered on Tuesday to help European soccer’s governing body UEFA and the English FA to fight anti-Semitism in the sport following Nicolas Anelka’s “quenelle” salute.
Read more: http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2014/01/01/jewish-congress-offers-soccer-organisations-help-to-fight-anti-semitism/