Category: American Jewry

American Jewry, antisemitism, Israel

A Jewish Child’s First Experience with Antisemitism

NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 17 2014: Occupy Wall Street marked the third anniversary of its founding as several dozen activists gathered in Zuccotti Park.David Smith with sign denouncing Jewish hegemony

A couple and their four young children, ages 1 to 8, were out together on the Upper West Side of New York, browsing the windows of a Barnes and Noble bookstore, just minding their own business, when they were confronted by an antisemite. Interestingly, the male half of the couple was the editor of the …

American Jewry, Israel

Trump Rules that Dual Citizens Born in Jerusalem can List Israel as Birth Country

american passport and stamp

Menachem Zivotofsky, age 18, just became the first U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem, to be permitted to list on his passport, his country of birth as “Israel.” So ends a lengthy saga that began when the young man was born, in 2002. Before this past Friday, American born in Jerusalem could not show Israel as …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Freedom of religion, Quality of Jewish Life

San Diego Rabbi and Williamsburg Man Attacked in the Same Week

Williamsburg antisemitic attack October 15 2020 screenshot

Tree of Life was a surprising attack, but now it seems Jews are attacked weekly, and sometimes daily. The latest antisemitic attacks are on a rabbi in San Diego, just outside his synagogue on October 10, and five days later, a man dressed in “Orthodox garb” in Williamsburg. It certainly isn’t helping the situation when …

American Jewry, Liberal Jews

Jews Up in Arms Over Catholic Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett

Jewish progressives and Democrats have come out against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court, because they believe she stands in opposition to the staunch progressive principles of predecessor Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) Executive Director Halie Soifer said that aside from the fact that there will …

American Jewry, Celebrity MOTs, Jewish pride, Liberal Jews, Reform Movement

RBG’s Death on Rosh Hashanah Marked By Shofar Blasts

Shofar blower enrobed in tallit

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Rosh Hashanah of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. While traditional Jews do not blow the shofar when Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbat, Reform Rabbi Matt Soffer of Durham, North Carolina, blew the shofar minus one blast, to signify that the Supreme Court was now minus one justice. Actor Mandy Patinkin, …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Three Arrested in Cleveland for Antisemitic Vandalism

cleveland swastika graffiti

Three people, a 20-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman and a 16-year-old, all from Beachwood, Ohio have been arrested for painting swastikas and other antisemitic imagery and graffiti back in July on several Jewishly-owned businesses in University Heights, a Cleveland suburb. Bo Briele Truitt, 23, arrested two weeks ago, has been charged with ethnic intimidation, inducing …

American Jewry, Israel

Biden Takes Credit for UAE Israel Peace Accord

Joe Biden David Friedman

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) took a giant leap forward for the Arab people when they agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The two countries share a common enemy—Iran—and Trump was able to persuade the UAE to let bygones be bygones. But Joe Biden was quick to take the credit for the accord: “The coming …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Celebrity MOTs, Israel, Liberal Jews

Seth Rogen Betrays Ignorance of Jewish History

Actor Comedian Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen, an actor and comedian hailing from Vancouver, is well known for his penchant for smoking lots and lots of marijuana. Maybe that’s why he proved he has no filter when it comes to speaking about what it means to be Jewish and how he feels about Israel. But he certainly made a lot …

American Jewry, antisemitism, BDS, Celebrity MOTs, Israel, Jewish pride

Foodbenders Sued for $800,000

Twitter profile of Toronto designer Shai DeLuca

A dining establishment and prepared food takeout place in Canada, Foodbenders, was already in the news after an Instagram post with the hashtag #zionistsnotwelcome. Now the owner of the restaurant, Kimberly Hawkins, is being sued by prominent designer Shai DeLuca, the subject of two defamatory Instagram posts by the Toronto eatery accusing DeLuca of being …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Brooklyn Man Threatens to Burn Down Diamond District on Fox News, Anchor Stays Mum

Ace Burns

Ace Burns threatened to burn down New York’s largely Jewish Diamond District, during a live interview on Fox News. As popular blogger Elder of Ziyon has noted, news anchor Jacqui Heinrich, didn’t blink an eye, apparently clueless at the threat to the Jewish community delivered on air: “Today, I’m giving a demonstration from Barclay’s Center …