Category: American Jewry

American Jewry

Brooklyn Man Attacked for Wearing IDF Sweatshirt

Brooklyn IDF Sweatshirt Attacker

Blake Zavadsky was attacked in broad daylight in Brooklyn for the crime of wearing an IDF sweatshirt. The assailant called Zavadsky and his friend, Ilan Kaganovich, “dirty Jews,” and demanded that the former remove his sweatshirt. When Zavadsky refused, his assailant punched him several times and also poured coffee on his sweatshirt. On at 12/26/21, …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Beverly Hills Residents Wake up to Antisemitic Flyers on First Day of Chanuka

Antisemitic flyers found on Beverly Hills' lawns on 1st day Chanuka 2021

Beverly Hills residents had a surprise when they woke up on the first day of Chanuka: antisemitic flyers papering their yards. Local police got a call at 6 AM from someone reporting a flyer with hate speech. After canvassing the area, police officers determined that the flyers had been widely distributed, covering several blocks of …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Swastika Found in Suburban Pittsburgh Middle School

swastika graffiti

The Pittsburgh suburb known as Mt. Lebanon has a miniscule Jewish population. Only 1.4 percent of the residents of this former farming community are Jewish. And yet somehow, students at Jefferson Middle School found themselves confronted with a swastika made out of masking tape on the dry erase board of an 8th grade classroom. As …

American Jewry, antisemitism

More than half of all US Religiously Motived Hate Crimes are Against Jews

Smashed window antisemitic hate crime Ohel Menachem

According to the latest FBI statistics, Jews are the target in 58 percent of all religiously motivated hate crimes in the United States. This is despite the fact that Jews comprise only two percent of the population of America.  While the 2020 numbers are grim, the percentage of antisemitic hate crimes has actually dipped in …

American Jewry, Jewish pride, Orthodox

Orthodox Baseball Player May Be MLB Pick

Jacob Steinmetz

Jacob Steinmetz, a 17-year-old Orthodox Jew from Long Island, is expected to be chosen in the Major League Baseball draft this Sunday. Steinmetz already won a scholarship to Fordham University and is 181 in his draft class. But can he make it in the big leagues as a Shomer Shabbos, Shomer Kashrus Yid? A graduate …

American Jewry, Israel

Lapid Pledges to Mend Relations with Diaspora Jewry

Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid, the new alternate prime minister and head of Israel’s Foreign Ministry revealed his upcoming agenda in a handover ceremony on Monday. Lapid described his intention to focus on fixing the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. He mentioned the various streams of American Jewry: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox, suggesting that all are of …

American Jewry, Celebrity MOTs

Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin to Run for Governor of New York

Lee Zeldin

New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, a Republican from Long Island, NY, on Thursday announced his intention to run for governor of New York in 2022. Zeldin, speaking of current governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who has served in the position for the past decade, said, it’s time for Cuomo to “immediately exit stage left.” Cuomo has …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Liberal Jews, Quality of Jewish Life

Columbus Man Charged with Hate Crime After Threatening Jewish Neighbors

Nick and Tiffany Kinney

A Columbus, Ohio man has been charged with a hate crime in a federal district court after harassing his Jewish neighbors. The 65-year-old man, Douglas G. Schifer, came before US District Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers on a misdemeanor count of criminal interference with right to fair housing, carrying a potential sentence of up …