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 By Faygie Holt    News    October 8, 2021

SCN tracks threats to Jews

(JNS) - A state-of-the-art security command center was unveiled this week by the Secure Community Network to ensure that the Jewish community is prepared in the event of any violence or threats....

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 17, 2021

Looking back and ahead: Analyzing US, Jewish security concerns post-9/11

(JNS) As Americans gathered this year to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, they did so amid a landscape that is increasingly divided domestically, where hate crimes are at a...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 20, 2021

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

(JNS) - Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel's record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 13, 2021

Florida set to ban Unilever from state contracts

(JNS) — The state of Florida notified Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, on Tuesday that it has 90 days to cease its “boycott of Israel” or face a ban on contracts and investments with the Sunshine State. The move is in...

 

Ben & Jerry's boycott ripples through Jewish world, mixed with legal threats

(JNS) — The fallout over the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to no longer sell its products in what the company calls “occupied Palestinian territory,” which includes parts of Jerusalem, immediately rippled throughout the Jewish world, with...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 23, 2021

912 percent increase in antisemitic content on TikTok

(JNS) — During a symposium about online anti-Semitism sponsored by the U.S. State Department last year, a representative from the social-media platform TikTok assured that his company was working to combat hate. Speaking in October 2020, Jeff...

 
 By Faygie Holt    Features    July 16, 2021

Back at the lake and canteen: Jewish campers express relief just 'getting to be kids again'

(JNS) - The countdown started weeks ago, and it's finally time for many to return to sleep-away camp after a year of lockdowns, Zoom school, and separation from friends and family amid a worldwide...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 16, 2021

Study reveals 912 percent increase in anti-Semitic content on TikTok

(JNS) — During a symposium about online anti-Semitism sponsored by the U.S. State Department last year, a representative from the social-media platform TikTok assured that his company was working to combat hate. Speaking in October 2020, Jeff Colli...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Florida legislation supports funding for day schools

(JNS) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a synagogue in South Florida on Monday to sign legislation that had the support of many in the Jewish community there. At the Shul of Bal Harbour in...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Jewish United Fund uses media, advertising in Chicago

(JNS) - The Jewish United Fund is taking the fight over antisemitism to residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs with a major media blitz that included TV ads, billboards, social-media posts...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 28, 2021

Pro-Palestinians assault Jewish diners in Los Angeles

(JNS) — The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of men who assaulted patrons at a Los Angeles restaurant on Tuesday night in what is being looked at as a hate crime. “We are outraged over repor...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 28, 2021

Supporters of Israel stand strong in US cities from coast to coast

(JNS) - Across the country from the big cities to suburban towns, thousands of Jews gathered on Sunday to show their support for Israel and to take a stand against the rising number of anti-Semitic in...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 21, 2021

Young American Jews are increasingly Orthodox or unaffiliated

(JNS) Young American Jews are moving in two very distinct directions—towards Orthodox or little Jewish engagement. That was one of the major findings from “Jewish Americans in 2020,” a new study by the Pew Research Center. This is the second...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 5, 2021

Texas Jewish communities mobilize to get food, medicine to those in need

(JNS) - On any given day, people coming into the Kosher Palate in Dallas do so know they are going to be spending money on groceries or prepared foods. This past week, however, hundreds of people...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 19, 2021

Polish ruling on Holocaust libel case causes profound concern among Jewish groups

(JNS) — A ruling issued by a court in Poland on Tuesday is meeting fierce criticism from Jewish groups and others who claim that the decision will silence further examination of the role of Polish citizens during the Holocaust. The criticism comes...

 

Steelers 'mensch' Zach Banner to donate part of gameday check to Tree of Life

(JNS) - Pittsburgh Steeler Zach Banner announced Monday that he was donating a portion of a game-day check to Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha Synagogue, the site of the mass shooting in October 2018. "I'm...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 4, 2020

In hard-hit New Jersey, group seeks to boost small businesses

(JNS) A minor league baseball stadium in Lakewood, N.J., served as the outdoor meeting ground for some 500 participants in the JBiz 2020 COVID-19 Business Expo and Conference sponsored by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. The event held on Nov...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    November 6, 2020

US State Department conference tackles mounting hate and anti-Semitism online

(JNS) — Hate online, particularly anti-Semitism, is continuing to grow at alarming rates, and stopping it will require education, collaboration and a cohesive definition were the findings from the first-of-its-kind, two-day symposium sponsored by...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jewish leaders decry Cuomo's 'draconian' measures to restrict worship amid virus rise

(JNS) — Professing his “respect and love” for the Orthodox Jewish community, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced major restrictions and closures in parts of the state designated as “COVID clusters,” areas that have an overwhelmingly large...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 4, 2020

Despite limits on Uman pilgrimage, some hold out hope to visit for Rosh Hashanah

(JNS) — Each year, tens of thousands of Jews from across the world make a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The leader of the Breslov Chassidic dynasty, Rabbi...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 28, 2020

After facing threats, Kentucky rabbi set to offer educational courses on anti-Semitism

(JNS) - After denouncing racist, anti-Semitic fliers left around his community earlier this month and then being threatened by a neo-Nazi leader, Rabbi Shlomo Litvin of Lexington, Ky., aims to...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 31, 2020

US Department of Justice takes action against New York village targeting Orthodox Jews

(JNS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sent a letter Monday notifying the Village of Airmont in Rockland County, N.Y., that they plan to file suit against the village on the grounds that are violating terms of...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 10, 2020

New York federal judge blocks COVID restrictions on prayer, religious gatherings

(JNS) - A federal judge expressed concerns on Friday that New York governmental leaders violated the rights of residents when it sought to limit the number of individuals who could gather for prayer...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    April 17, 2020

Impact of closures in Jewish community wreak havoc with food and finances, institutionally and individually

(JNS)-The worldwide pandemic COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in its relentless sweep across the planet, not only in terms of health needs and care, but in economic terms as well. It has quashed the...

 
 By Faygie Holt    Features    March 27, 2020

How to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in the school classroom

(JNS)-Imagine a teacher assigning a Holocaust-related project to a high school student in the United States, such as the creation of the "ideal concentration camp" or a Nazi cereal box. Or maybe the...

 

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