Category: Quality of Jewish Life

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, 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 …

antisemitism, Israel, Quality of Jewish Life

What Kind of People Target a Kindergarten?

Sderot Kindergarten Operation Enduring Silence May 2019 Direct Hit

On Saturday, when the Jewish people of the Jewish State of Israel were celebrating the Sabbath, Hamas operatives sent hundreds of rockets into civilian Southern Israel, sending residents into shelters. A woman was killed, another injured. More have subsequently been killed as the rockets continue. But if you’ll excuse the expression, what really hit home …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Lori Kaye Jumped In Front of Her Rabbi to Save Him

Lori Kaye

The news of the newest synagogue shooting in Poway, California, just six months after Tree of Life is more than shocking. We wonder what is happening to America, to our religious freedom and security. We felt safe. Now we do not. What will be? Only Hashem knows. John Earnest had evil on his mind as …

antisemitism, Freedom of religion, Israel, Quality of Jewish Life

When Jews are Attacked for Visiting Shrines

Joseph's Tomb

Because Joseph’s Tomb is in Nablus, a city that is under Palestinian Authority autonomy, visits to the holy site by Jewish pilgrims are fraught with danger. For this reason, visits are coordinated with the IDF, to minimize the potential for people getting hurt. What makes a visit dangerous? Why would people be hurt for visiting …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Orthodox, Quality of Jewish Life

Another Antisemitic Attack in New York

Screenshot of tweet regarding Jewish man assaulted in Crown Heights

According to Algemeiner, “More than 160 antisemitic hate crimes were documented by the NYPD in 2018, an increase of almost 25 percent over the previous year,” and now there’s been another attack on a Jewish man, this time on a Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. (I leave it to you to consider: is 19 …

antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Antisemitism Pervades the EU

Antisemitism dictionary definition

An article in the Jerusalem Post begins, “Antisemitism pervades the European Union.” That somehow reads differently than “antisemitism on the rise.” And this was a comprehensive survey, involving almost 16,500 study participants. Among the results: 28% of those surveyed experienced some kind of antisemitic harassment at least once over the past year, while 39% experienced …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

No Jail Time for Antisemitic Attack on Seniors

gavel

A year ago, a man named Alen Califano walked into a Jewish nursing home and went berserk, repeatedly, for instance, “bashing an 84-year-old man on the head with a fire extinguisher while shouting, ‘I’m going to kill you, you (bleep bleep) Jew!’” But while Califano’s motivations and intent seem clear as day, Judge Iacovetta isn’t …

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

Sad Performance by Howard Stern, Adam Sandler

Howard Stern

Howard Stern recently interviewed Adam Sandler on his talk show, and incidentally, brought up the subject of the bar mitzvah ceremony, asking him if he wouldn’t describe it as “the single most weird situation in your whole performance life?” The two then broke into an impromptu performance of calling the bar mitzvah boy to the …