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Australia judge sentences anti-Semitic youth to visit Holocaust Museum & a Shabbat dinner

A youth who terrorized a school bus full of young Jewish children in Sydney was ordered by a New South Wales Judge to learn about Judaism and the Holocaust.

By Cynthia Blank


One of the five youths arrested for terrorizing Jewish children on a school bus in Australia earlier this year consented to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as well as attend a tolerance program as part of his agreed punishment.

Holocaust museum (illustrative)

Holocaust museum (illustrative) – Reuters

The offender was with a gang of eight drunken youths when they boarded a bus in Sydney carrying Jewish students from Moriah College, Mount Sinai College, and Emanual School on August 6.

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WATCH: Arab Born Kuwaiti Muslim Discusses His Return to Judaism

Interview with Kuwaiti man who, like all Arab children is raised to hate Israel, discovers his Jewish ancestry so he moves to the Jewish state to marry & raise Jewish children.

By Israel Today Staff


Mordechai Halawa’s touching story of growing up a Kuwaiti Muslim with Palestinian Arab ancestry only to discover he’s actually a Jew has been making the rounds in the Israeli media over the past week.

Mordechai Halawa in Jerusalem, where he now lives – Photo: Orot TV

Born Mumtaz Halawa, he always knew his grandmother had been a Jew who converted to Islam in order to marry his grandfather, an Arab from what is now the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Nablus (biblical Shechem).

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Jewish Damascus Bibles could spark ownership challenge

Decades after the Mossad smuggled the ancient Hebrew Bibles out of Syria, Israel’s national library asks court to grant it custodianship to enshrine them as “owned by the Jewish people.”

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


Two decades after Israeli spies helped Syrian Jews whisk ancient Hebrew Bibles from Damascus to Jerusalem, Israel’s national library asked an Israeli court on Monday to grant it custodianship over the manuscripts — a move that could spark an ownership battle over some of the Syrian Jewish community’s most important treasures.

A library official shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem – Photo: AP

Known as the Crowns of Damascus, the nine leather-bound parchment books — some featuring microscopic calligraphy and gold-leaf illuminations — were written mostly in Spain and Italy between 700 and 1,000 years ago. Continue Reading »

U.K. synagogue cancels Dr. Mordechai Kedar as invited speaker

Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse but his opponents say his opinion is “toxic for interfaith relations”.




A leading London synagogue has cancelled a talk by an Israeli academic who said earlier this year that the only way to deter terrorists is by raping their female relatives.

Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar – Photo: Michal Fattal

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University, was due to speak at the Finchley United Synagogue on Monday night as part of a speaking tour in the United Kingdom organized by the local Zionist Federation, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Continue Reading »

Uruguay’s newly elected president has ties to Israel & Jewish community

Tabare Vazquez, of the ruling leftist coalition, was confirmed as Uruguay’s next president Monday with 53.6% of the vote in the 2nd round of national elections.



JTA – Uruguay elected a president who has twice traveled to Israel and who has an open dialogue with the country’s Jewish community.

Elected President Tabare Vazquez

Elected President Tabare Vazquez gestures during a celebration rally in Montevideo after knowing the results of a runoff election, November 30, 2014. – Photo: Reuters

The ruling leftist coalition candidate, Tabare Vazquez, was confirmed as president Monday with 53.6 percent of the vote in the second round of national elections, beating rightist Luis Lacallae Pou who garnered 41.1 percent of the vote.

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Survey: Over 50% of Poland’s teens search anti-Semitic &/or pro-Hitler websites

The University Center for Research on Prejudice conducted a survey also found that 14% of the survey participant confirmed that racist hate-speech was common in Poland.


Over half of Poland’s young people access anti-Semitic Internet sites that praise Hitler and Nazism, the Fox News website reported, citing a Warsaw University study.

Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, October 2014

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, October 2014 – Photo: Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The results of the survey were presented to the Polish parliament earlier this month, reviving attention to hate speech legislation and sparking concern among members of the small remaining Polish Jewish community.

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Obama to posthumously award 3 Jewish civil rights workers Medal of Freedom

Obama to honor Michael Schwerner & Andrew Goodman both N.Y. Jewish civil rights activists, and James Chaney who were murdered for trying to register African-American voters in Mississippi in 1964 .


President Barack Obama is planning to posthumously award three Jewish civil rights workers who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Goodman Chaney Schwermer

The 1964 FBI poster listing Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner missing. – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, activists from New York, were trying to register voters in Philadelphia, Mississippi, together with James Earl Chaney, a local African-American, when they went lynched and brutally murdered by members of the KKK on the night of June 21, 1964

“These three young men, and countless others, paid the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help bring equality to the state of Mississippi,” the office of U.S.

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WATCH: So…who harasses the Jew walking in NYC for 10 hours?

The video clip, ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew’ illustrates how comedian Scott Rogowsky was constantly being urged to daven, to ‘do a mitzvah’ and even to sniff an etrog!


Like many viral videos before it, the clip “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” has spawned numerous parodies, including “10 Hours of Walking in Bangalore as a Techie,” “10 Hours of Walking in Berlin as a Man,” “10 Hours of Walking in World of Warcraft” – and now “”10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.”

10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew

A still from “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.”

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Rare Hebrew Bible bought on eBay for $7,000 lost in mail

A rare 16th-century Bible written in Hebrew was sold to a New York man who reports it never arrived, despite contrary information from postal authorities alleging it was delivered.

From Haaretz


A rare 16th-century, eight-volume Hebrew Bible sold on eBay earlier this month for $7,000 has gone missing.

Hebrew Bible

Hebrew Bible (illustrative).- Photo: Rangreiss/Dreamstime.com

Gene Albert, a Virginia artifacts dealer sold the bible to Jacob Gestetner, a resident of Monsey, New York, home to a large Orthodox Jewish population. Gestetner claims he never received it despite postal tracking information showing it was delivered Oct. 10, according to the Journal News.

The bible set dates to the 1540s and was part of the collection of Andrew Fletcher, a 17th-century Scottish politician renowned for his private library, according to the paper. Continue Reading »

Unlike El Al, Hareidi Men Disembarked Delta Flight After Refusing to Sit Next to Women

Earlier this week, a group of Jewish Ultra-Orthodox men who refused to sit next to women opted to disembarked from a Delta flight, when the surrounding passengers refused to acquiesce and change seats.

By Haim Lev, Cynthia Blank


A group of hareidi men who were supposed to fly to Israel from the United States on Delta Airlines flight Tuesday night refused to sit next to women, who in turn refused to switch seats, causing them to disembark from the plane.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR - Photo Courtesy:  Adrian Pingstone/Wikipedia

Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR – Photo Courtesy: Adrian Pingstone/Wikipedia

Flight 468 was set to depart from Kennedy Airport in New York. Continue Reading »

Tiny Israel begins building multi-tiered cemetery towers

After initial hesitations, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox burial societies have embraced the practice now that a rabbinical ruling makes the endeavor kosher.


At first glance, the multi-tiered jungle of concrete off a major central Israeli highway does not appear unusual in this city of bland high-rises. But the burgeoning towers are groundbreaking when you consider its future tenants: They will be homes not for the living but rather the dead.

Vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery

This Oct. 6, 2014, photo shows a new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. – Photo: AP

With real estate at a premium, Israel is at the forefront of a global movement building vertical cemeteries in densely populated countries.

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PLO Official Attacks Israel’s Plan to Expand Jewish access to Temple Mount

PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi calls Israel Tourism Ministry’s proposal an ‘insult’ to Muslims worldwide, accuses Israel of violating`sanctity of religious sites without consequences.’



An Israeli Ministry of Tourism proposal to enable Jews to enter the Temple Mount through a second gate, in an effort to reduce the waiting time for visitors, generated harsh opposition from the Palestinians.

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem. – Photo: Gil Eliyahu

The Temple Mount, which Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary, is both the holiest site for religious Jews and the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

Up to now, Jews have been allowed to enter the Temple Mount only through the Mughrabi Gate. Continue Reading »

University of Georgia students & alumni protest homecoming football game on Yom Kippur

Student’s online petition objects to university’s decision to schedule homecoming game on Judaism’s holiest day, has amassed over 2,000 signatures.



An online petition protesting the university of Georgia’s decision to hold its homecoming football game on Yom Kippur has acquired some 2,000 signatures.

Herty Field, University of Georgia.

Herty Field, in the center of the University of Georgia’s North Campus, was UGA’s first home football field. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The petition decrying the scheduling conflict was addressed to the university president.

Georgia is playing Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday that is scheduled to start at 4 p.m, several hours before the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

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Pro-Palestinian activists girding to demonstrate Maccabi TA playing NBA preseason games

As a result of Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza, pro-Hamas demonstrations may greet the team’s preseason matches in both Brooklyn & Cleveland.

The prospect that pro-Palestinian demonstrations will greet Israel’s champion basketball team during a visit to the U.S. isn’t a slam dunk, but it’s still a possibility, a media report says.

Euroleague Final Four final match, May 18, 2014

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Yogev Ohayon goes for the basket during the Euroleague Final Four final match between Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Photo: AP

In October, Maccabi Tel Aviv will play two preseason games, against the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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American Jews divided if right to bear arms is ‘Kosher’

Gun group & club affirm the`importance of armed self-defense,’ and the Rabbinical Council of America “condones” people learning to use weapons.


A Jewish gun-rights advocate and a gun club, affirming the right of law-abiding citizens to own weapons, have taken argument with the stances of two rabbinical groups, which they said called for greater gun control.

Itamar Gelbman helps Lea Rosenfeld take aim

A shooting class for Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Los Angeles. – Photo: Anthony Weiss/JTA Photo Service

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership said it joined with the Golani Rifle & Pistol Club to oppose the rabbinical groups’ positions and “affirm the importance of armed self-defense by Jews and all Americans.”

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