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New York – American Mayors’ Group, ADL Announce Agreement To Combat Hate

Friday, August 18th, 2017 New York - The mayors of America's largest cities are launching a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. Nearly 200 mayors have joined the agreement, which was announced Friday, since it was first circulated Tuesday night among the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mayors are agreeing to explicitly condemn racism, white supremacy and  bigotry, and to implement...

New York – I Talked To The ‘Anti-Semitic’ Swiss Hotel Owner. It’s More Complicated Than You Think.

Friday, August 18th, 2017 New York - A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism particularly amusing, especially not these days. But there was something comical about how her earnest voice – she was speaking in broken English...

Spain – Following Terrorist Attack, Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Says His Community Is Doomed

Friday, August 18th, 2017 Spain - Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said that his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and authorities’ alleged reluctance to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been encouraging his congregants to leave Spain, which he called during an interview with JTA a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe,” for years before...

Geneva – Amid Outcry Over Hotel’s Jewish Shower Signs, Swiss Lawmaker Raps Israel For Tolerating Haredim

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 Geneva - Commenting on a public outcry over signs that urged Jews at a Swiss hotel to shower, a state lawmaker from Geneva said “Israel should apologize for its excessive tolerance of ultra-Orthodox Jews who prevent peace in Palestine.” Roger Deneys, a Socialist representative at the Grand Council of Geneva, made the assertion on Facebook Wednesday about the posting of a signs over the...

Charlottesville, VA – What You Need To Know About Antifa, The Group That Fought White Supremacists In Charlottesville

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Charlottesville, VA - Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face? That’s the question animating much of the discussion of Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly devolved into a brawl between rally-goers and a contingent of anti-fascist counterprotesters known as antifa. Following the clashes, a white supremacist rammed his car into the counterprotest...

Zurich – Booking.com Drops Swiss Hotel That Featured Signs Singling Out Jews

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Zurich - The online hotel reservation service Booking.com dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool. The Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, still appears on Booking.com, but is blocked for reservations. “We’re sorry, but it is currently not...

Zurich – Swiss Hotelier Sorry For Signs Telling Jews To Shower Before Entering Pool

Monday, August 14th, 2017 Zurich - The manager of a hotel in Switzerland said she was wrong to post signs instructing “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool and to access the refrigerator at set times. Ruth Thomann, who runs the Paradies Arosa hotel 80 miles southeast of Zurich, responded Monday to articles published in Israeli media outlets about the signs put up by hotel staff over the...

Jerusalem – The Corruption Scandals Plaguing Benjamin Netanyahu And His Family, Explained

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 Jerusalem - He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant. Oh, and his son is in trouble, too. Just one more thing Benjamin Netanyahu has in common with President Donald Trump. Except there’s a difference: While Trump faces one sprawling...

University City, MO – Vandalized Jewish Cemetery In Missouri City Rededicated

Monday, August 7th, 2017 University City, MO - Almost six months after a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis was vandalized, it has been rededicated. Law enforcement is still working to determine if the tipping of 154 tombstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City in February was motivated by anti-Semitism. The attack drew national attention and Vice President Mike Pence visited the cemetery along with...

New York – This New York Giants Player Shows His Jewish Pride On And Off The Field

Friday, August 4th, 2017 New York - As a rookie in the National Football League, New York Giants offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty is splitting most of his time before the season starts in September between grueling practices and long team meetings. To lighten the mood, veteran players ask the newbies each preseason to sing in front of the team. Bisnowaty figures that when it’s his turn, he’ll go with “Dreidel...

Sydney – Australian Municipality: Don’t Blame Us For Banning Synagogue On Terror Grounds

Friday, August 4th, 2017 Sydney - A municipal council in a suburb of Australia’s largest city said it was not to blame for a decision to ban the construction of a synagogue because it could become the target of a terrorist attack. In a statement Friday, the Waverley Council asserted that the decision to reject the synagogue was made by a local land use court, which said the congregation had not addressed the...

Washington – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Withdraws Support For Anti-BDS Bill

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 Washington - In a rare move and after facing criticism at town hall meetings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, withdrew her sponsorship of an anti-BDS bill. A search of the congressional website on Wednesday showed that Gillibrand withdrew her sponsorship. Asked for comment, her spokesman, Glen Caplin, said Gillibrand remains opposed to the movement to boycott, divest from and...

Managua – VIDEO: 114 People Convert To Judaism In Nicaragua

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 Managua, Nicaragua - Over the course of just a few days, the tiny Jewish community in Nicaragua more than doubled when 114 people converted to Judaism. Last month, community members answered questions before a beit din, or religious court, of three Orthodox rabbis from Israel and the United States and immersed in a newly built mikvah in Managua, the Central American country’s capital. Male...

Los Angeles, CA – Iconic Einstein ‘Tongue’ Photo Brings $125,000 At Auction

Friday, July 28th, 2017 Los Angeles, CA - A famous photo of Albert Einstein, sticking out his tongue at a photographer and signed by the renowned scientist, has been sold for $125,000. The Nate D. Sanders auction house here, in announcing the sale Thursday evening, did not reveal the buyer’s identity. UPI (United Press International) photographer Arthur Sasse took the picture on March 14, 1951 while covering...

New York – This Yiddish Film Is A Rare Look Into Hasidic Brooklyn Life

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 New York - With more than a decade’s worth of experience in the film industry, mostly in documentaries, director Joshua Weinstein has released his first feature-length narrative film. What’s surprising is that Weinstein, a secular Jew, has made a movie entirely in Yiddish. “Menashe,” about Hasidic Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, is among the first full-length Yiddish...
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