Category: American Jewry

American Jewry, Holocaust

Restitution Paid to Heirs of Nazi Era Jewish Art Collector

Basel Art Museum

Back in 1933, Jewish art collector Curt Glaser auctioned off precious pieces of art at rock-bottom prices out of desperation. Glaser was ousted from his position as director of the Berlin Art Library. He sold the art to get the funds to get out of Nazi Germany. He managed to get to the U.S., where …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Holocaust, Quality of Jewish Life

Man Arrested for 2018 Antisemitic Crime

Caine Zander Brown

Caine Zander Brown, age 20, has been arrested for spraying antisemitic graffiti on a Louisiana synagogue, Northshore Jewish Congregation, in 2018. During the investigation, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed Brown regarding a separate matter. Brown admitted traveling to Mandeville, the location of the synagogue, at the time of the defacement of the house …

American Jewry, Quality of Jewish Life

How American Jews and Shuls are Dealing with Corona Virus

corona virus carrier and hand touching mezuza

Trading notes with friends across the U.S. the day after Shabbos Parshas Zachor, was interesting this year, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. A friend in Elizabeth, NJ, told me that, “In shul, they had hand sanitizer on the tables in the back and returned the Sefer Torah directly to the Aron. People did …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel, Liberal Jews

Sanders Surrogate and Out and Out Antisemite

Amer Zahr, Bernie Sanders, Linda Sarsour

Bernie Sanders has appointed anti-Israel activist and antisemite Amer Zahr as surrogate for Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. This is no surprise to those of us who have watched Sanders embrace antisemites like Rashida Tlaib and Linda Sarsour. Or to those of us who listened to Sanders say he would cut aid to the Jewish State. …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel

Tlaib Retweets Then Deletes Antisemitic Libel, No Apology

Rashida Tlaib

When a little boy falls into a well and drowns, no one is celebrating. But to use the boy’s death to demonize and spread falsehoods about Israel is pure antisemitism. Especially when it was Israeli rescue personnel who assisted in finding the boy. But that is exactly what Representative Rashida Tlaib did. She retweeted the …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Celebrity MOTs, Quality of Jewish Life

Champion Boxer Teaches Self-Defense to American Jews

Photo by Adam Ritter

Yuri Foreman, a boxing champ and rabbi, has begun teaching Jews how to defend themselves, in the wake of an uptick of antisemitic attacks. The classes are being held in Brooklyn, the site of many of the attacks, at the famous Gleason’s Gym, where Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson both trained. The Belarussian-born Foreman made …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

100 Additional Security Cameras for Beleaguered Brooklyn Jewish Community

antisemitism rally

As antisemitic attacks continue throughout Brooklyn, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the NYPD will be installing 100 new cameras in Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Borough Park. The first 30 cameras will be operational by March. The question is whether the cameras really do anything to stop the attacks. We can still recall Tiffany …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Bail Reform and the Tiffany Harris Revolving Door Syndrome

Tiffany Harris

One of the 8 antisemitic attacks in New York City over Chanuka, involved 3 obviously Orthodox Jewish women being slapped by Tiffany Harris, who shouted antisemitic epithets at the women during the attack. That was quite bad enough, but soon got worse. Thanks to bail reform legislation, Harris was released without bail, on her own …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel, Liberal Jews

Chanukah Ignorance on Full Display

JVP Sacramento Chanukah post

Jewish Voice for Peace is deemed by many to be neither Jewish nor for peace, but simply a radical left student group that agitates for the destruction of the State of Israel. This recent first-night-of-Chanukah Facebook post does indeed suggest an unfamiliarity with Jewish custom that is astonishing in its breadth. Some of the comments …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel

NY Times Skews Article on Executive Order on Antisemitism

New York Times logo on newspaper cover

The New York Times used to be thought of as the paper of record. Today, however, it is the newspaper of far left bias. You know this the minute you see the headline of the article on President Trump’s executive order to help combat antisemitism. The headline? “Unease at Trump’s Order to Tackle Anti-Semitism.” Four …