Monday, September 21, 2020


Josefin Dolsten, JTA


Miami Herald Apologizes for Running Anti-Semitic and Racist Ads for Months in Spanish-Language Publication

A column had accused Jews of supporting "thieves and arsonists” and compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Nazis.

Jews Have Lived in Bahrain for 140 Years. The Country’s Peace Deal With Israel Changes Their Lives

"We can talk to our relatives and we can feel more comfortable now about going and coming," the leader of Bahrain's Jewish community said.

New Initiative Will Significantly Lower Price of Jewish Teen Trips to Israel

The initiative will subsidize trips from five Jewish youth groups.

Facebook Restricts Thousands of Groups and Pages Tied to QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Critics say the QAnon conspiracy theory is anti-Semitic.

In a Diplomatic Breakthrough, Israel Normalizes Ties With United Arab Emirates and Suspends West Bank Annexation

The statement, which referred to the two countries as “two of America’s most reliable and capable regional partners,” said that Israel and the UAE will sign agreements in the coming weeks related to investment, tourism, air travel, security, opening embassies and more.

Holocaust Museum in New York Plans to Reopen in September

“As people venture out again seeking educational experiences in safe public places, museums such as ours are uniquely qualified to welcome them back.”

Black Jewish Teen Says She Was Set on Fire in Attack Investigated as Hate Crime

A biracial Jewish woman in Madison, Wisconsin, said she was attacked and set on fire by four white men.

Amid a National Reckoning Over Race, Jews are Embracing Juneteenth

Juneteenth has experienced a surge of interest this year amid nationwide protests against racial injustice.

Persian Jews Are Coming out of the Closet, Breaking Down Long-Held Taboos

“I really did believe that I could not come out and live a functional life amongst friends and family and community as a Persian Jewish person.”

Over 900 Sign Letter Calling for Jewish Orgs to Fill 20% of Staff With People of Color

The letter asks Jewish organizations, federations and initiatives to commit to fulfilling seven actions within three years.

‘Believe Us’: Black Jews Respond to the George Floyd Protests, in Their Own Words

(JTA) — As Enzi Tanner participated in an online havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat Saturday night, his city — Minneapolis — was...

Bench Near Minneapolis Synagogue Vandalized With Swastikas

(JTA) — A bus stop near a synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized with swastikas. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah...

A New Relief Fund Is Providing Aid to Jews of Color Who Are Struggling Due to Coronavirus

A new relief fund is providing financial aid to Jews of color who are struggling economically due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump Demands States Let Houses of Worship Reopen. Synagogues Are in No Rush

President Donald Trump wants synagogues and other houses of worship to open their doors — but many Jewish leaders say his pressure won’t affect...

As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Instead Are Heading to Israel on Gap Year Programs

Hadara Bilsky thought she’d spend her first semester of college making friends in her dorm, having discussions with professors and students in class, and...

Sweden’s Only Jewish Camp Reverses Decision to Close This Summer

(JTA) — Sweden’s only Jewish camp has reversed its decision to close this summer. Glamsta, a 111-year-old summer camp located in Stockholm’s archipelago, said last...

This Jewish Medical Student Is Helping Reduce Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Testing

At the beginning of her day, Tal Lee will see as many as hundreds of cars snake around the church parking lot where she...

Their Own Lockdown: How Swedish Jews Are Dealing With the Country’s Lax Coronavirus Policy

(JTA) — Face masks are a rare sight in Sweden. That’s because the country has taken one of the least restrictive approaches to the coronavirus...

This Jewish Lawyer Is Dressing As the Grim Reaper to Protest Florida Beach Reopenings

(JTA) — Last Friday, Daniel Uhlfelder traded in his usual suit and tie for a black hooded cape and a scythe and headed to...

How Do You Celebrate A Bat Mitzvah During Coronavirus?

Midway through Lila Duke’s bat mitzvah ceremony, her family’s cat made an appearance. Minnie’s interruption was one of many ways that Lila’s coming-of-age ceremony was...

Jewish Democratic Council of America Endorses Biden for President

(JTA) — The Jewish Democratic Council of America has endorsed Joe Biden for president. The group released its endorsement on Friday along with a statement...

As Governors Let Houses of Worship Reopen, Synagogues Aren’t Going for It

(JTA) — The road to reopening for houses of worship has been paved in a handful of states, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues...

Top Charedi Orthodox Rabbi Dies of COVID-19

Yaakov Perlow, leader of Novominsker Hasidim and a top haredi Orthodox rabbi, dies of coronavirus at 89.

Why Are Jewish Communities Keeping Mikvahs Open Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak?

NEW YORK (JTA) — When the rabbis of New Jersey’s suburban Bergen County took the bold step of shutting down almost all facets of...

Despite Coronavirus, Couple Plans Wedding in Israel in Less than 24 Hours

Nina Abrahams and Amit Bigler knew the coronavirus pandemic would have an impact on their wedding, which was already taking place in Israel, far...

Americans Think Bernie Sanders is the Least Religious of 4 Democratic Front-Runners, Survey Finds

(JTA) — Americans view Bernie Sanders as the least religious of four Democratic presidential front-runners, a survey released Thursday found. Sixty percent of the 6,395...

Chris Matthews Apologizes for Comparing Sanders’ Nevada Win to Nazi Invasion

MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized for comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses to Nazi Germany’s invasion of France. On Monday, Matthews addressed...

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ECOSOC Resolution Cites Israel’s Perceived Human Rights Violations’ Impact on Palestinian Women, Girls

The resolution expressed "grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel."

Remembering the Life and Work of the Woman who Championed Women’s Rights: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”

Israelis Brace for High Holy Days in Shadow of Second Lockdown

The Ministry of Health says 5,238 new cases have been confirmed between Thursday and Friday, setting yet another negative record. Restriction on movement is somewhat relaxed from 500 yards from one's home to 1,000 yards.

A Tale of Two High HolY Days: Why Orthodox Jews Are Going to Synagogue While Everyone Else Is on Zoom

(JTA) – At the Jewish Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this year’s High Holy Days will be anything but normal. With eight services happening...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87

She died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.