Category: American Jewry

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Increased Security Measures Over High Holidays

Tree of Life Synagogue surrounded by yellow crime tape

Synagogues in California took special security measures to protect congregants over Rosh Hashana. So did shuls in Pittsburgh, and indeed, in all of America. Such measures included installing extra security cameras, having guards check handbags, and hiring extra security guards. Somehow, we have always thought this would not be needed here, in America. It is …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Poway Suspect Will Stand Trial

Lori Kaye

A California judge has ordered John T. Earnest to stand trial for the murder of 60-year-old Lori Kaye and the attempted murder of others present on that fateful day at the Chabad synagogue in Poway. During the September 19 hearing, the 911 recording was publicly aired for the first time. Surveillance footage of the shooting …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Duluth Synagogue Arson Suspect in Custody

Duluth Adas Israel Synagogue before the fire

Police have arrested Matthew James Amiot, 36, in connection with a fire that destroyed a synagogue that had been in use for 119 years. Firemen were able to rescue 10 of the 14 Torah scrolls at the Adas Israel Synagogue. But only 8 of the 10 were salvageable. Duluth doesn’t have a very large Jewish …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Why Doesn’t DeBlasio Do More about Antisemitic Attacks?

Paving stone used to attack Rabbi Avraham Gopin

This week, the opinion columns were flying thick and fast as the world rushed to condemn Mayor DeBlasio for not doing enough about antisemitic attacks in New York. The attack that seemed to make the journalists reach their boiling point, was the one in which Rabbi Gopin was beaten with a paving stone. A 64 …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel, Liberal Jews

Trump Calls Jews Who Vote Democrat “Disloyal”

The world is once again in an uproar over a statement made by President Trump, in regard to Jews who vote Democrat. The US president, at a press conference in the Oval Office, in response to Ilhan Omar’s call to cut the $3 billion in annual aid given to Israel, stated, “I can’t even believe …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Anglican Church of Canada Replaces Prayer for the Conversion of the Jews

Historical building in Toronto, Canada, with Canadian flag

The Anglican Church of Canada intends to remove a prayer for the conversion of the Jews from its liturgy. The prayer is to be replaced with a text on the “Reconciliation with the Jews.” Bruce Myers, the Anglican bishop of Quebec, issued a statement saying that the changes are meant to move the community to …

American Jewry, Celebrity MOTs, Israel, Liberal Jews

Democratic Nominee Hopeful Joe Sestak Wants Israel U.S. Embassy Move Redo

Democratic hopeful Joe Sestak

For years, presidents promised to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but it took Donald Trump to follow through. Now Joe Sestak, who is one of the many Democrats hoping to win the nomination for president in 2020, says he wants a redo. “We need to move the embassy back out of Jerusalem, …

American Jewry, Holocaust

Concentration Camp Survivor Tells AOC What’s What

Ed Mosberg, concentration camp survivor wearing camp inmate uniform

Ed Mosberg is one of the few remaining survivors of the concentration camps. At 93-years-old, he has no patience with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referring to illegal migrant detention centers as “concentration camps.” “She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” said Mosberg in an interview with the New York Post. “The …

American Jewry, Celebrity MOTs, Israel, Liberal Jews

Alan Dershowitz Enthusiastic About Voting for a Biden Perceived by Many as Anti-Israel

attorney alan dershowitz

Joe Biden has a long history of anti-Israel actions, as covered in this JNS piece by Jackson Richman. And still, Alan Dershowitz has gone on record with Dan Abrams of Fox News as an enthusiastic supporter of Biden: “I’m a strong supporter of Joe Biden,” Dershowitz responded. “I like Joe Biden. I’ve liked him for …

American Jewry, Israel

Israel Unimportant to One Quarter of American Jews

Jewish neighborhood, New York

A new study by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) shows that only 72 percent of American Jews feel that Israel is important for the long-term future of the Jewish people. It could be worse: in France, that number would be only 53 percent. Which leads us to wonder what it all means to the Jews …