Diaspora

Diaspora Jewry is the collective name for the Jewish communities outside of the Land of Israel. Historically, these communities go back to big historical events like the Babylonian exile, the siege of Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain. Today, the biggest Diaspora communities exist in the United States, France, Canada, the UK and Russia.

People walk next to a large sign written "the end of the Ayatollah's regime in Iran" on a building

Anti-Israel activists blame Israel for Raisi helicopter crash

A Hamas-affiliated Telegram account took seriously an Israeli joke about a Mossad agent named "Eli Copter" being responsible for the crash, repeating the claim before deleting the post. 

Canadian police arrest teen who beat Israeli student in 'brutal attack'

The 16-year-old assailant was taken into custody and released on conditions with charges pending, though the investigation is ongoing, said the police.

Jewish student president files rights complaint against UC Santa Barbara

On February 27, "Zionists not welcome," was found scrawled on the door of a dorm room with an arrow pointing to a mezuzah, a religious item traditionally placed on every door frame in a Jewish home.

Academy Museum opens permanent exhibition that shines spotlight on Hollywood's Jewish founders

The exhibition shines a light on the creation of the Hollywood film industry and the studio system in the early 20th century by Jewish emigres from Eastern Europe.

When we say we're Jewish, we mean that we are all Israeli

Being a Jew is not just a label or religion; it is deeply ingrained into who we are, and our rich history spans over five millennia, constantly marked by triumph, tragedy, and resilience.

By PERRI SCHWARTZ
20/05/2024

Scholars unite against boycott of Israeli academics

Over 3000 academics from across the globe signed a letter in support of Israeli scholastic participation.

In ‘Here There are Blueberries,’ playwright Moisés Kaufman focuses on perpetrators of the Holocaust

The Venezuelan-born Kaufman, best known for “The Laramie Project,” a play and HBO film about the murder of the gay student Matthew Shepard, had found his latest subject.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL/JTA
19/05/2024

After knives, pellet guns, death threats seen, DePaul removes encampment

The DePaul administration shared documentation of various offenses on Wednesday ahead of the encampment evacuation, including a pellet gun and four kitchen knives.

Torah scroll

Toronto synagogue windows smashed for second time in a month

Another Bayview Avenue area synagogue had signs set on fire on April 26 and April 28.

 A DEMONSTRATOR holds a placard as Columbia University students protest outside offices of Universit

Campus protests were a missed opportunity

Columbia University could've held a beautiful graduation ceremony, highlighting its unity even amid tough times. Instead it rewarded scare tactics and fearmongers.

By JONATHAN HAROUNOFF , JESSICA SCHWALB
19/05/2024
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