Category: American Jewry

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 …

American Jewry, antisemitism

Instagram Star Harasses Jews in Michigan Kosher Grocery

Kosher Grocery Detroit Dulla Mulla Video screenshot

Abdullah “Dulla Mulla,” a Yemeni YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok star, visited a kosher grocery in a suburb of Detroit and badgered shoppers, sticking his phone in their faces and asking them to read what it says. The photo they were shown depicted a PA flag emblazoned with the words “Free Palestine.” Dulla Mulla recorded the reactions …

American Jewry, Celebrity MOTs, Jewish pride, Orthodox celebrities

Rabbi Doctor Abraham Twerski, Dies age 90 of COVID-19

Rabbi Doctor Avraham Twerski

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, who came from a long line of multiple Hasidic dynasties, has died, aged 90, of COVID-19. The famed Pittsburgh psychiatrist was considered a leading authority on addiction, and authored more than 60 books. Twerski, who never lost his strong Milwaukee accent, though he lived in Pittsburgh for many years, was …

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 …