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  • The American people were against saving more Jews from the Nazis' clutches

    Stewart Ain|Sep 16, 2022

    Why didn’t the United States do more to help Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust? This question haunts the history of the United States and the Holocaust, and lurks behind practically every storyline in the new film on the subject from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, to be aired for three consecutive nights on PBS beginning Sept. 18. The question, of course, isn’t just about the Holocaust, but about the years before the war, when the Nazi vise tightened around the Jews of Germany and more than half of them sought to obtain visas...

  • 15 'Righteous Gentiles' lived in Ukraine when Russia invaded - an American Jewish group rushed to aid them

    Stewart Ain|May 20, 2022

    (JTA) - After Russia invaded Ukraine early in the morning of Feb. 24, millions of Ukrainians suddenly had their lives upended. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous was concerned with 15 of them. That's how many Ukrainians remained alive from the foundation's tally of "Righteous Gentiles," non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust 80 years ago. The foundation doles out money to people certified to have helped Jews worldwide each year and had sent the first...

  • Feds to probe students' complaints of antisemitism at Brooklyn College

    Stewart Ain|Feb 11, 2022

    (New York Jewish Week via JTA) — A federal investigation has been launched into complaints by Jewish students at Brooklyn College that they have been subjected to “severe and persistent harassment” in the Mental Health Counseling master’s program. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week informed the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, which prepared the complaint, that it had opened the probe. The complaint alleges that Jewish students in the MHC program have been “bullied and harassed in class discu...

  • What Jewish New Yorkers need to know about Kathy Hochul, who will replace Cuomo as governor

    Stewart Ain|Aug 20, 2021

    (New York Jewish Week/JTA) - Kathy Hochul, who is set to succeed Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York, is no stranger to the New York Jewish community. Cuomo resigned Tuesday, a week after a state investigation concluded that he sexually harassed 11 women. He had faced intense pressure to step aside, including from President Joe Biden, or face impeachment. Cuomo enjoyed a warm working relationship with Jews across the denominational spectrum. As Cuomo's surrogate, Hochul has made it a point to...

  • Immigration, intermarriage and education making US Jewry larger and more diverse

    Stewart Ain|Jan 29, 2021

    Since the publication more than half a century ago of a landmark article that referenced the "vanishing American Jew," it's been hard to shake that idea as the dominant narrative of American Jewish life. Yet the U.S. Jewish community is the largest in the world, with an estimated 7 million Jews - slightly more than Israel's 6.8 million. And despite a low birthrate, American Jews actually are growing in number, primarily due to three factors: immigration, intermarriage and education. Over the pas...

  • Dying Long Island synagogue finds a, well, savior

    Stewart Ain, New York Jewish Week|May 17, 2013

    If it’s a sign of the times, boy, is it a doozy. The sign at the entrance to Temple Beth Shalom of Smithtown, N.Y., at first glance, seems standard-issue; it stands about six feet high, with white letters (announcing the times of services) on a black background inside a glass frame. But look again, and the bottom part of the sign holds a revelation, so to speak. “JCL,” the sign announces in bright colors, an orange flame inside the curve of the C — Jesus Christ Lives. And underneath that the Spanish version: Ministerio Jesuchristo Vive, a...