Sunday, August 9, 2020


Ben Sales, JTA


Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Says She Won’t Stand for Authoritarianism in Portland

When reports emerged of federal agents seizing protesters from the streets of Portland and putting them in unmarked vans, Rosenblum sued to get federal officers off the street.

The Pandemic’s First High Holy Days Season Has Synagogues Wondering: Will People Pay Dues?

Across the country, synagogues are bracing for a significant reduction in revenues.

Meet Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s Attorney General Who Is Taking on Trump’s Federal Forces in Portland

"The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality."

Madonna Instagram Post of Louis Farrakhan Video Racks up 700,000 Views

Madonna has more than 15 million Instagram followers.

Washington NFL Team Owner Dan Snyder Accused of Tolerating ‘Hostile’ Workplace Where Harassment Flourished

The executives accused include the team’s radio voice and its director and assistant director of pro personnel, all of whom were fired or retired this past week.

Jewish Day Camp in Texas Closes Following COVID-19 Outbreak

(JTA) — A Jewish day camp in suburban Dallas has closed after at least two campers and two counselors tested positive for COVID-19. The closing...

DeSean Jackson to Meet With Julian Edelman and Holocaust Survivor

Jackson had posted quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on Instagram.

Julian Edelman Speaks With DeSean Jackson About Educating Each Other in Aftermath of Anti-Semitic Posts

(JTA) — Julian Edelman, the Jewish wide receiver for the New England Patriots, has spoken with fellow NFLer DeSean Jackson following anti-Semitic social media...

Jewish Camp Delays Start Date After Counselor Tests Positive for Coronavirus

“This staff member had zero signs of being sick."

How the ADL Went From Working With Facebook to Leading a Boycott Against It

The social media giant and the Jewish civil rights group had been working together for years to curb hate speech online.

Should St. Louis Take Down the Statue of Its Anti-Semitic Namesake? Activists Say Yes.

(JTA) — On top of a hill in front of an art museum in the biggest park in St. Louis stands a statue of...

70-Year-Old Woman Gets Naked and Takes Shower During Gilbert Gottfried’s Daughter’s Zoom Bat Mitzvah

At the moment when she became a woman in Jewish tradition, comedian Gilbert Gottfried’s daughter may have seen another woman naked. During the Zoom bat...

Calls to Defund the Police Put Jewish Institutions in a Tough Position

Jewish organizations have a history of working closely with law enforcement, and many see police as friend rather than foe.

400 Jewish Studies Scholars Denounce Israeli Annexation as a ‘Crime Against Humanity’

Israel’s government may begin the process of annexing parts of the West Bank on July 1.

Meet the Boogaloo Bois, the Violent Right-Wing Extremists Who (Mostly) Don’t Hate the Jews

There are men showing up to the George Floyd protests in body armor and Hawaiian shirts and they want to start a civil war.

Watching ‘Uncut Gems’ Will Inspire You to Reexamine Black-Jewish Relations

Describing “Uncut Gems” as that movie that brought Adam Sandler rave reviews for playing a New York Jewish diamond dealer doesn’t do it justice.

There Are Now 500,000 Negative Tweets About George Soros Every Day. Many Claim He’s Funding George Floyd Protests.

Right-wing conspiracy theorists are increasingly claiming that George Soros is funding recent protests and riots across the United States in the aftermath of the...

How Some Jewish Summer Camps Are Going Virtual This Year

Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh. Then they’ll say...

Why Summer Camp Is So Important to American Jews

Every summer, tens of thousands of American Jewish kids leave their homes, board buses and planes, and spend a month or two together on...

A Global Virtual Color War for Jewish Millennials Could Save Camp During COVID-19

"It’s a way to rechannel those camp vibes and get reinvested in the things we used to do as campers and counselors.”

Ramah Camps Anticipate a Total Budget Shortfall of $27 Million This Year, But Don’t Expect to Fold

(JTA) — The network of 10 Conservative Jewish Ramah camps in North America will lose approximately half of their collective annual revenue if they...

With Hope Fading and Regulations Tightening, More Jewish Camps Set to Cancel

(JTA) — At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, and as recently as a couple weeks ago, some Jewish camps had hoped they could...

25% of Americans Say Coronavirus Strengthened Their Faith. For Jews, It’s 7%.

A new survey found that only 7% of American Jews feel that the coronavirus crisis has strengthened their faith, as opposed to nearly a...

It’s Official: Jewish Summer Camps Will Cancel This Summer Due to COVID

All Reform Jewish summer camps will remain closed for the 2020 summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned. The...

Will There Be Camp This Summer? Three Jewish Camps Will Decide This Week, and Likely Delay.

(JTA) — Thousands of parents and children have been asking the question for months, with increasing anxiety: Will the coronavirus cancel summer camp? Three Jewish...

Half of Jewish Groups That Applied Got Government Loans Totaling $264 Million, Survey Finds

(JTA) — A new survey found that Jewish organizations have received at least $264 million in U.S. government loans under the recently passed stimulus...

Brooklyn Hasidic Neighborhoods See Spike In At-Home COVID-19 Deaths

Two Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhoods that have been hard hit in the coronavirus pandemic have seen a sharp rise in people dying at home, according...

Brooklyn’s Orthodox Neighborhoods Have Especially High Rates of COVID-19

Four heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn have especially high rates of the novel coronavirus, according to data released by this city’s Department of Health. The...

In a Possible Sign of What’s to Come, This JCC Has Already Laid Off 176 people Because of the Coronavirus

On Day 1 of the state-mandated shutdown in Pennsylvania, Amy Krulik tried to strike an upbeat tone. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, the...

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