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  • Jewish professor describes being attacked by a Palestinian and German police

    (JTA) — A Jewish professor visiting Germany described being assaulted in a Bonn park — first by a Palestinian who said “I f*** Jews,” then by police who slammed him to the ground and punched him in the face. Yitzhak Melamed, who teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in a lengthy Facebook post published…

  • Filipino guest workers come to Israel — and decide to embrace Judaism

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — One of the biggest days of the year for Ronaldo and Bernadette Lopez is Christmas. They open up their Filipino restaurant in South Tel Aviv, and their friends bring their families, crowd the place and eat embutido, a rolled pork dish from their shared home country. But this year may be…

  • This Jewish man survived World War II — in Axis-era Japan

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Growing up in Imperial Japan during World War II, Isaac Shapiro’s best friend was a member of the Hitler Youth. The friend wore the organization’s brown shirt uniform to their international school every day, but not because he wanted to — he was German and Japan was an ally of the Nazi…

  • They tried to take Judaism out of synagogue spaces. Now they’re coming back to them.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For 10 years, Rabbi Dan Ain has tried to take Judaism out of the synagogue. He’s convened Friday night prayers in auditoriums with musicians like Matisyahu and Lisa Loeb. He’s held Rosh Hashanah services in a bowling alley/concert venue. He scheduled an interview earlier this month at an artisanal coffee shop…

  • This National Review columnist is defending the Spanish Inquisition. Seriously.

    (JTA) — Here’s something no one expected: A reputable conservative magazine has published a column defending … the Spanish Inquisition. To be clear, this is not Monty Python. This is a column in the National Review. Here’s the headline: “The Spanish Inquisition Was a Moderate Court by the Standard of Its Time.” Moderate? We’ll run down…

  • Reporter blocked from Prince William event says Israelis questioned his ethnicity

    (JTA) — A reporter for The Associated Press was prevented from covering Prince William’s visit to the Israeli prime minister’s residence because security guards detained him over questions regarding his ethnic origin. Nebi Qena, a television producer, was held at the entrance to the residence for 45 minutes by security guards who asked about his ethnic…

  • After banning Jewish flags last year, Chicago Dyke March displays Palestinian flags

    (JTA) — The Chicago Dyke March, a queer pride parade, prominently featured Palestinian flags one year after ejecting marchers waving Jewish flags. Participants in Sunday’s march can be seen waving Palestinian flags in a video posted by the Windy City Times, a newspaper serving Chicago’s LGBT community. Marchers also waved Mexican, Puerto Rican and rainbow…

  • This Orthodox rabbi just took a job at an LGBT synagogue

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In many ways, Mike Moskowitz is a typical haredi Orthodox rabbi. He wears a black suit and black hat. He sports a thick, curly beard beneath a closely shaved head. He peppers his speech with liturgical Hebrew and Yiddish words. He quotes from Jewish legal texts. Moskowitz sometimes closes his eyes…

  • Paul Krugman says Trump’s immigration rhetoric is a blood libel

    (JTA) — Lots of people have been comparing the U.S. government’s policy of separating migrant families to the Holocaust. But Paul Krugman, the liberal’s liberal economics columnist at The New York Times, has a different Jewish historical analogy: He says the administration’s rhetoric on immigration is like the age-old blood libel against the Jewish people….

  • Meet the millennial Mexican-American Jewish woman running for office on the southern border

    (JTA) — Less than one day after Alma Hernandez began a Jewish fundraiser for migrants on the southern border, she had an SUV full of food, diapers and hygienic products ready to donate. Hernandez loaded the vehicle with goods bought with donations on Wednesday afternoon. The following day she would drive them all down to…