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 By Faygie Holt    News    March 11, 2022

South Florida fraternity suspended for swastika incident amid national wave of campus antisemitism

(JNS) — A fraternity at the University of South Florida was suspended after photos circulated of a Feb. 11 event in which members of the group, including a Jewish student, reportedly had swastikas drawn on their “shirts or body parts.” Noting...

 By Faygie Holt    News    February 25, 2022

Religious freedom or free speech? Congregants appeal to Supreme Court over protests at Michigan synagogue

(JNS) - A Jewish man from Ann Arbor, Mich., is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether anti-Jewish protesters outside a local synagogue on Shabbat morning violate his right to freely...

 By Faygie Holt    News    February 11, 2022

DeSantis decries neo-Nazi activity

(JNS) — Jewish groups and some politicians are decrying neo-Nazi activity that took place in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, even as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis alleges his political enemies are trying to use the incident to “smear” him. On...

 By Faygie Holt    News    February 4, 2022

California school district adopts 'liberated' ethnic-studies program marked by 'extreme anti-Israel' bias

(JNS) — Jewish groups in California took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper on Wednesday to voice their displeasure and concern with a school-board decision to engage an ethnic-studies curriculum for high school and middle-school students...

 By Faygie Holt    News    January 14, 2022

British publisher scraps book that replaced Israel with 'Palestine' in Mideast map

(JNS) — The British publisher of a children’s book about strong Middle Eastern women that included a map of the region with “Palestine” in place of Israel has removed the title from its website after complaints from pro-Israel groups. Author...

 By Faygie Holt    News    December 24, 2021

Jewish groups provide relief, physically and emotionally, after tornado

(JNS) - The last time Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, co-director of Chabad of the Bluegrass, had been in Hopkinsville, Ky., he was joined by thousands of other people to see a total eclipse. He returned to the...

 By Faygie Holt    News    December 17, 2021

NYPD: Hate crimes double in year, many markedly antisemitic

(JNS) — Jewish groups are sounding the alarm after the New York City Police Department released statistics on Wednesday indicating that hate crimes have doubled in a single year. Of the nearly 500 hate crimes reported in the city as of November,...

 By Faygie Holt    News    November 12, 2021

Adams draws strong support from Orthodox community in New York mayoral win

(JNS) Addressing supporters with a "heart filled with hope purpose and love for this city," Eric Adams accepted his win as New York City's mayor-elect with a nod to strong support from the Orthodox...

 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... Full story


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