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  • My Jewish ancestors owned slaves - that's why I'm a rabbi for racial justice

    Rabbi Barry H. Block, First person|Dec 17, 2021

    (JTA) — In “The Social Justice Torah Commentary,” Rabbi Brian Stoller describes a turtle-shaped dinner bell that his great-grandmother used to summon a Black butler to attend to her needs at the family’s Shabbat table. When I got to that line while editing the volume, I felt a jolt of familiarity: An identical bell served the same purpose at my own grandmother’s table. All of my grandparents — and all four of my American-born great-grandparents — hailed from the South, and social justice activism was not baked into my DNA. Yet unlike many ...

  • 2022 Grammy Awards: The Jewish nominees, from Doja Cat to Drake to an Israeli cellist

    Dec 17, 2021

    By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Some of the music industry’s most popular Jewish artists were included in the 2022 Grammy Award nominations unveiled on Tuesday. Here’s a roundup: Doja Cat, a Black and Jewish pop star-rapper hybrid who has become one of the most listened-to artists in the world — Spotify lists her as the 7th-most-streamed musician on its platform as of Wednesday morning — racked up nominations in in seven categories, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, M...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Dec 17, 2021

    German broadcaster will probe antisemitism allegations against Arabic-language staff By Asaf Shalev (JTA) — A German government-owned news broadcaster has launched an investigation into a report that four of its employees and one freelancer made social media comments that downplay the Holocaust and promote antisemitism. The five individuals, members of Deutsche Welle’s Arabic service, are being suspended from work until the investigation is concluded, the news service announced on Friday. Leading the investigation will be two independent exp...