North America

  • Behind the Headlines As Bush Gets Tougher on Cuba, Groups Worry About Impact on Jews by Larry Luxner

    Jewish humanitarian groups are debating how tough new U.S. regulations aimed at depriving the Castro regime of dollars will affect Cuba’s estimated 1,500 Jews. “This strategy encourages the spending of money to help organizations to protect dissidents and to promote human rights,” President Bush said as the State Department made public a 423-page report prepared… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Toronto, Shaken Community Calls on Authorities for Protection

    The longest sustained anti-Semitic attack in Canadian history. That’s how Bernie Farber, executive director of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Jewish Congress, sums up the recent barrage of attacks against Jewish targets here. In response to those attacks, Jewish officials have mobilized to step up security at schools and other institutions — and to… More ▸

  • Decade After Rwandan Genocide, Canadian Jew Wants World to Reflect

    Dancila Nyirabazungu, 50, cleans up the dirt, but not the remains of the dead, at Ntarama Church in Nyamata, located in a rural district of Kigali province. Scores of neatly-stacked skulls line the shelves at the back of the building, sharing space with hundreds of bones. The floor is a swamp of tattered clothes and… More ▸

  • Comparisons Made to Nazi Germany After Arson at Montreal Jewish School

    Police here have tightened security at local synagogues and mosques following an arson this week that destroyed most of a Jewish school’s library. The heightened security came as some parents of students at United Talmud Torah’s elementary school said the attack was reminiscent of book burnings in Nazi Germany. Official condemnation of Monday’s predawn firebombing… More ▸

  • Arrests Follow Anti-semitic Attacks in Toronto, but Community is Shaken

    Canadian Jewish officials are cautiously optimistic that a spree of anti-Semitic vandalism that has shocked Toronto over the past two weeks has ended with the arrests of three youths. But they note that the attacks are symptomatic of a trend in Canadian society that has seen the number of anti- Semitic attacks double in the… More ▸

  • Toronto Jews, Officials Rally After a Spate of Anti-semitic Vandalism

    The Jewish community here is trying to rally after a rash of anti-Semitic incidents. Unknown perpetrators broke seven stained-glass windows at the Pride of Israel Synagogue and spray-painted swastikas and anti-Semitic messages at various locations along Bathurst Street. United Jewish Appeals signs in the city also were defaced and swastikas were painted on a clothing… More ▸

  • With New Community Leader, Mexico’s Jews Push for Reform

    In a time of increasing terrorism and rising anti-Semitism, many Jewish communities around the world have made security their No. 1 concern. But in Mexico, the country’s Jews have both the fortune and misfortune of having concerns about economic security atop the community agenda. The new president of Mexico’s Central Jewish Committee says he is… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism Report in Canada Finds Highest Levels in Two Decades

    Just days after B’nai Brith Canada released a report documenting a steep rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Canada, a rash of anti-Semitic vandalism took place in the Toronto area. Thirteen homes and cars were painted with swastikas and other racist messages Sunday night in a heavily Jewish neighborhood in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, leaving… More ▸