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French Mobile App for Fight Against Racism Now Available

A French anti-racism group on Tuesday officially launched a smartphone application designed to speed up the removal of racist graffiti, following its decision to do so last month. The app allows users to take photos of offensive tags, geo-locate them and send a message to the local authorities responsible for removing them via the group […]

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Two Kids Show What Friendship’s All About

Pamela Spadino, of Highland Park, Ill., never thought her son Chase would be able to be called to the Torah for his bar mitzvah—let alone be tutored in Hebrew by a fellow 12-year-old. Due to excessive bleeding in his brain at birth, Chase became cognitively impaired and has limited control over his right side. In […]

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Newark Mayor to Run for Frank Lautenberg’s Seat in U.S. Senate

Newark mayor Cory Booker announced on Saturday that he will run for the United States Senate seat left open after senator Frank Lautenberg died on Monday. Recently, the Forward profiled Booker and highlighted his connection to Judaism. Booker has courted several high-profile Jewish donors in preparation for a Senate run and is a devoted scholar […]

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Women of the Wall’s One Way Street

All animals are equal; but some animals are more equal than others. The Orwellian quote was the first thing that came to mind, as I tried to process the fact that this Rosh Chodesh the Israel Police, for the first time since 1967, prevented hundreds of Orthodox  Jews from reaching the Kotel Plaza to pray. […]

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Shoah Survivors Set Up Museum at Home

A prisoner’s jacket from Auschwitz, a food bowl from Treblinka, metal pins worn by the Jewish ghetto police, hundreds of postcards from concentration camps and a yellow patch – these are just some of the items exhibited by Holocaust surviving couple Yaakov and Irena Wodzislawski, who have dedicated their lives and private home to the […]

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UK Jews Express Support for Local Muslims Following Attack

Synagogues and Jewish groups in London have offered support and solidarity after a suspected anti-Muslim attack at an Islamic community center in a northern suburb of the capital, The Jewish Chronicle reported. The Al-Rahma Islamic Center, which was home to the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, was destroyed by fire, started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. […]

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Free for a Day: Full Access to Living Torah App

In honor of Gimmel Tammuz Jewish Educational Media has announced that beginning this evening the new Living Torah App will be available for an entire day free of charge. JEM has announced that all videos in the new Living Torah App will be accessible for free for the full 24 hours of Gimmel Tamuz, beginning […]

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Haredim in Manhattan Rally Against Israel’s Military Draft with Simple Demand: Religious Freedom

Until now, the primary storyline of the religious-secular battles in Israel has been driven by Women of the Wall, the activist group that, with their monthly prayer meetings at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, have brought more attention to the quest for religious equality in Israel than has been seen in years. But with the massive Haredi protest at […]

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Paris Museum Opens Exhibit of Palestinian ‘Martyrs’

A Paris museum subsidized by the French government opened an exhibition of photos of Palestinian suicide bombers, which the museum calls freedom fighters. The exhibition of 68 photos entitled “Death” by Ahlam Shibli opened on May 28 at the Jeu de Paume museum of contemporary art in Paris. The museum’s website describes suicide bombers as […]

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NY Jews See Dramatic Rise in Poverty

Poverty has risen dramatically in the New York Jewish community since the previous study in 2002, according to UJA-Federation of New York’s “Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty”, released this week. More than 560,000 people in approximately 200,000 Jewish households are poor or near-poor, and 45% of the children in […]

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Kotel Moment of Truth: Youths Asked to Stay Away

In an organized response to repeated provocations by the Women of the Wall, thousands of hareidim are expected to participate in a large scale prayer day at the Kotel Sunday. The prayers will be led by numerous rabbis, including leading Torah sages. Rabbanit Tviya Eliyahu, widow of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ztz”l, made clear Thursday that […]

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L.A. Rabbis Publish Open Letter Urging Calm and Respect at Western Wall

A group of rabbinical leaders in Los Angeles spanning the denominational spectrum published an open letter Thursday calling for calm at the Western Wall, as tensions are expected there this Sunday when Women of the Wall hold their monthly prayer service. The Task Force on Jewish Unity, comprised of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Progressive and Reconstructionist […]

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Claims Conference Board ‘Out of Sync with Reality’

The board of the Claims Conference no longer adequately represents the Jewish people in its dealings with the German government, according to critics of the embattled Holocaust restitution group. Observers of the organized Jewish philanthropic sphere, such as former World Jewish Congress official Isi Leibler and Jerry Lewis, the former vice-president of the Board of […]

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UK Jews Honor Lord Sacks

Members of the UK Jewish community gathered recently to honor Lord Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Lord Sacks has held office since 1991 and will step down later this year. Approximately three thousand people convened at the Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue, to attend […]

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ZOA Opposes Samantha Power’s Nomination as UN Ambassador

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) on Wednesday expressed opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power for the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “We understand that Samantha Power played an important role in diminishing the negative impact of the UN Durban II conference which condemned alleged Israeli human rights actions,” […]

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Chabad Rabbi Attacked in German Shopping Center

A 39-year-old Chabad rabbi was attacked by a group of young men in the German city of Offenbach, near Frankfurt, according to media reports. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurewitz was reportedly attacked in the KOMM German shopping center by a group of six to eight young men who pushed him as they yelled “[***] Jew”. A local police spokesman said a criminal […]

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Designer John Galliano Admits Anti-Semitic Remarks, but Says he ‘Didn’t Mean It’

Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired from his job at French fashion house Christian Dior after making anti-Semitic rants, says he is not a racist and has spent the past few years trying to atone for his words and actions. In what is described as his first interview since the events in 2011, […]

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‘After WWII, Israel Can’t be Expected to Sit Meekly’

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski declared his support this week for Israel’s right to defend itself from military aggression, recalled the tragic loss of Poland’s three million Jewish citizens during World War II and stressed his country’s commitment to the renewal of Jewish life there. Speaking at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum in Washington, […]

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Tax Inspectors Oblivious to Shoah

Many low-level tax inspectors in Germany’s Nazi-era finance ministry were oblivious to the Holocaust and dutifully tried to contact murdered Jews whose wealth was being plundered by the ministry’s top officials, according to a new book. Germans have publicly atoned for Nazi crimes in a myriad of ways over six decades, providing scores of billions […]

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Florida Muslim Prisoners Try to Get On ‘Kosher Bandwagon’

With the reinstatement of kosher meals for Jewish inmates in Florida prisons, Muslim prisoners in the state are now demanding kosher food as well. Kosher meal rights were reinstated about six months ago, after Florida prison authorities halted them in 2007, because they were too expensive. The meals were reinstated after the federal government sued […]

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Chabad of Western Monmouth County Marks 25 Years

Chabad of Western Monmouth County held it’s gala banquet celebrating 25 years of dedicated service of Shlichus, at The Heldrich in New Brunswick, NJ with the participation of over 300 participants B”H. “Inspiring Generations” was the theme for the event, which honored several extraordinary people who helped make Chabad’s programs and activities a reality.  Chabad […]

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An Epic Shabbat Dinner Table

Imagine your regular Shabbat dinner. Now extend the table and summon several more chairs. And a few more. OK, now add about a hundred more seats. Your table is still not likely to be even half the size of the record-setting Shabbat dinner that was recently on display in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak. […]

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Ceremony in Begin’s Hometown Marks 100th Birthday

A ceremony to officially launch a series of celebrations around the world marking prime minister Menachem Begin’s 100th birthday took place in Begin’s hometown of Brest Tuesday afternoon. The commemoration was organized by Limmud FSU and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, and took place in front of the school Begin attended as a child. “We […]

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Chief Rabbis Threatened Over Kotel War

Israel’s Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar have received death threats following the haredi objection to egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall plaza. A letter sent to the two rabbis’ officers, titled “This is a last warning,” stated: “If the Women of the Wall are not allowed to pray according to our ways and […]

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Experts Join Forces in New Book to Combat Online Hate

Two of the U.S’s leading experts on bigoted speech and the Internet have joined forces as authors of a new book that lays out a blueprint for governments, industry leaders and societies to take proactive steps to stem the tide of hate speech on the Internet. Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation […]

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Chabad Sauveur is Flourishing 2 Years After Launch

In the two years since Chabad launched a centre in the lower Laurentian town of Saint-Sauveur, a lot has changed, its 26-year-old director, Rabbi Yitzchok Ezagui said. The centre remains an important resource for Jewish families who either live in the town of 10,000 or spend their weekends or summers there or in neighbouring areas […]

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Jinkx Monsoon, the Narcoleptic Jewish Drag Queen

Jerick Hoffer, also known as Jinkx Monsoon, is the most recent winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Logo TV’s reality competition in which contestants compete to become America’s “Next Drag Superstar.” Originally from Portland, Ore., Hoffer, 25, has been performing in drag for 10 years. He configured Jinkx Monsoon as “the hardest working single mother in […]

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Amazon Removes ‘Jewish Baby Bibs’

Shoppers have been outraged recently over the discovery of an Amazon seller’s newest line of baby apparel: Jewish baby bibs. The bibs may be in possible violation of the online giant’s policy prohibiting products that “glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance.” Following the criticism, Amazon pulled several variations of the product, the U-T […]

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Netanyahu to Inaugurate New Auschwitz Exhibition

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Poland on June 13 for the opening of a new exhibition at the museum of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, organizers said Monday. In the works for four years, the exhibition will present “the murder at Auschwitz in the larger context of the Nazis’ systematic attempt […]

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Hindy Scheiman Touched So Many With Kindness

Beloved educator Hindy Scheiman, an unassuming leader in the Chicago and Des Plaines, Ill., area Jewish communities, passed away after a long illness at the age of 54. A Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, she was co-director of Lubavitch Chabad of Niles, Ill. “She was an extremely soft-spoken woman,” says Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, director of Lubavitch Chabad of […]

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