Emergency Response to Typhoon Haiyan: Ways To Give

The Jewish Federations of North America are mobilizing a communal response to the super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines. JFNA on Nov, 10 opened a mailbox for Federations to support relief efforts by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which is raising funds for relief efforts. JDC is consulting… Read More

Up In Arms

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Ninety-nine years after the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, one of the most poignant symbols of Armenian suffering is being held hostage — by the White House. The prisoner is an 18-foot-long rug. It was woven by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon as a gesture of appreciation for America’s assistance to… Read More

‘Tell Your Story’

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While it may not seem like the breaking of glass windows at Jewish-owned buildings by the Nazis would have inspired any creativity at all, two upcoming concerts at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda prove that it takes a lot more than that to quiet art. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, more than 300… Read More

On Deaf Ears

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“I could scarcely believe that such a thing could occur in a 20th-century civilization,” President Franklin Roosevelt declared in the wake of the Nazis’ Kristallnacht pogrom, which devastated the German Jewish community 75 years ago next month. Most Americans, like their president, were appalled to read of Nazi stormtroopers burning down hundreds of synagogues, ransacking… Read More

Kristallnacht

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“How did I become aware of Kristallnacht?” asked Holocaust survivor Johanna Neumann of Maryland. “[Nov. 9 to 10, 1938] was not in the era of TV, of radio, etc.” It did not have to be. Neumann, who was 8 years old at the time, discovered the horrors of the Night of Broken Glass, which continued… Read More

Polish Synagogue Defiled By Swastikas

Swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols were painted on a synagogue building in Gdansk, Poland. The vandalism was spotted on the facade of the building on Monday morning. “Someone just came in broad daylight and defiled our temple,” Mieczyslaw Abramowicz a representative of the Gdansk Jewish community, told TVN24 television. “It was done by anti-Semites or… Read More

Hundreds Gather At Peaceful Women Of The Wall Service Marking 25th Anniversary

Women of the Wall wear prayer shawls and pray at the Western Wall.
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In a display of the changes the group has experienced this year, Women of the Wall held a peaceful prayer service under police protection at the Western Wall to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. Absent from Monday’s service, which the group said drew at least 800 worshipers, were large crowds of Orthodox girls who at… Read More

Growing Vulnerability

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The police station on Stefan Bandera Street in Lviv used to be just another government building to Dmitry Flekman. But that changed earlier this month following Flekman’s nine-hour interrogation by two detectives, who were accused of torturing and humiliating the 29-year-old Jewish businessman. It’s an incident that some see as indicative of rising nationalism and… Read More

Five Jews Violently Attacked In Sydney

Five Jews were hospitalized after being beaten in what was described by an Australian Jewish leader as the worst incident of anti-Semitic violence in Sydney in many years. Eight males, mostly teenagers, reportedly taunted the religious Jews — four from the Behar family — with slurs as they were walking home in suburban Bondi from… Read More

IAF Attacks In Gaza Following Rockets Fired On Southern Israel

After rockets and mortars were fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists early this morning, the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked two concealed rocket launchers in the Northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, an IDF spokesman announced. Earlier this morning, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the… Read More