Category: American Jewry

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 …

American Jewry, Quality of Jewish Life

Jewish Summer Camp Important Part of Being an American Jew

Opening Day 2019 TheZone Boys Division

Jewish summer camps have long been an important part of building the Jewish identity of our youth. This year, many camps are planning to stay closed due to the coronavirus epidemic. A small number are still hoping to welcome campers, including our own summer camp, TheZone. The history of Jewish camps in the United States …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Ted Cruz Calls on DOJ to Probe Closing of Yeshiva by de Blasio

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after the New York Police Department shut down a yeshiva that opened in spite of the coronavirus lockdown. “The next time NYC’s mayor sends out a gleeful tweet about sending cops after Jews, the DOJ …