Category: Quality of Jewish Life

American Jewry, Quality of Jewish Life

Passover Poultry Shortage

scant supply of chicken on a supermarket shelf

Kosher consumers are confronting a chicken shortage, just in time for Pesach. So dire is the shortage that Facebook groups have sprung up to alert followers when a store restocks its shelves. In the stores themselves, customers police other shoppers’ carts, if it looks like someone is guilty of stockpiling, leaving that much fewer chicken …

inflation, Quality of Jewish Life, Russia

Impact of Russian Invasion of Ukraine on US Consumers

Gas pump next to pile of dollars

Americans can’t help but be touched by the plight of the underdog Ukraine, a sovereign nation under attack by Russia. We watch, seemingly helpless as Ukrainians, either stay and fight and die, or flee their native land in droves. But aside from our empathy for a small nation under attack by a big Soviet-style bear, …

Israel, Quality of Jewish Life, Terror

New York Times Distorts Iraqi Jewish History

Mass grave of victims of the Farhud, 1941

A New York Times account of a Baghdad conference on peace between Israel and Iraq was filled with inaccuracies, to the point of offending Jewish history. The article describes the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 that led to a schism between Iraq and Iraqi Jews. The most infamous pogrom in Iraq targeting the Jewish …

campus, Quality of Jewish Life

Antisemitic Professors Harass Students

UC Berkeley

A survey by Alums for Campus Fairness, found that 27 percent of Jewish students reported having been the target of in-person offensive or threatening antisemitic comments from a faculty member or school employee. Another 30 percent said they knew someone who had experienced such comments. Three horrifying examples from a long list provided by popular …

antisemitism, Israel, Quality of Jewish Life

US State Department: Israel Level 4 on No-Fly List

US dept of state

Even though Israel has had remarkable success with its vaccination program against COVID-19, the State Department placed Israel—along with the UK—at level 4 on its no-fly list due to its claim that Israel has a “very high level” of COVID-19 infections. This, despite the fact that Israel has closed all but one of its coronavirus …

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 …

Media Bias, Quality of Jewish Life

More than 78,000 Facebook and Instagram Users Permanently Banned

Facebook logo on handheld smartphone with banner reading censored

Facebook removed over 78,000 profiles on Facebook and Instagram, claiming they had shared QAnon content and other “militarized social movement” content, from August 2020 and onward. A Facebook update issued January 19 said as follows: “We continue to strengthen our enforcement by identifying additional militarized social movements, new terms associated with QAnon and how people …

antisemitism, Quality of Jewish Life

Polls Finds that Almost Half of All UK Adults Hold Antisemitic Views

sign: antisemitism in europe

A new poll just published, finds that 45% of adults in the United Kingdom hold antisemitic views. According to the Jewish Chronicle, “Forty-five percent of those questioned agreed with at least one of six antisemitic tropes that was put to them by a team from YouGov and King’s College London.” Respondents were asked if they …

Quality of Jewish Life

Old Joe, Poor Joe, Broke His Foot While Playing with His Dog

Joe Biden

Joe Biden, presumptive president-elect, broke his foot while playing with his dog, add injury to insult. Why insult? Because it’s become a sport to make fun of Biden’s speech issues (which are legion, and which suggest brain injury and dementia), and broken foot is one more sign of frailty and aging. Compare this to the …