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Hasidic family drama ‘Menashe’ hits universal notes – St. Louis … – St. Louis Jewish Light

| August 24, 2017

Menashe is a heartfelt Yiddish-language drama about a widowed Hasidic father trying to regain custody of his son.

For Jews Of Color, Charlottesville Is Personal – Jewish Week

| August 23, 2017

When Elle Wisnicki, the 22-year-old daughter of a black mother and Ashkenazi Jewish father, scrolled through pictures of men holding tiki torches and waving Nazi flags in Charlottesville, Va., last week, she felt as though her grandparents were by her side. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor on her fathers side and only three generations away from American slavery on her mothers, last weeks convergence of several hundred far-right extremists some wearing white hoods and carrying Confederate flags, others in polo shirts with swastika-emblazoned armbands caused her to feel the weight of both my identities. Everything I represent was under attack, said the recent college graduate, now working for a health-care consulting firm

After Barcelona, French Jewish Leader Calls For ‘Immediate Eradication’ Of Terrorism – Forward

| August 21, 2017

Getty Images (JTA) Following the death of a pedestrian in what appeared to be a vehicular terrorist attack in Marseille, a leader of the local Jewish community called for the immediate eradication of terrorism. Bruno Benjamin, the president of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities, wrote the message on Twitter on Monday, shortly after police arrested a man they suspect is connected to the slaying of one woman and the serious injury of another woman in a car-ramming attack that morning.

Hey, America, Now You Have Our Worst People. You’re Welcome. – BuzzFeed News

| August 19, 2017

If youve been paying attention to all of the increasingly bad news in the world lately, youve probably heard of the Proud Boys, a group of right-wing millennial hipsters who like to punch the shit out of each other.

Why do white supremacists hate Jews? Because we can fight them. – Chicago Tribune

| August 18, 2017

Anti-Semitism is again back in the news. Some of the posters at the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist demonstrations this past weekend featured a man taking a hammer to a Star of David the biggest threat, the thing that needs to be destroyed

Photo from rally turns focus toward NM native – Santa Fe New Mexican

| August 16, 2017

In the search for answers after a white supremacist rally in Virginia devolved into deadly violence Saturday, attention turned to a New Mexican. Dillon Hopper, a native of Roswell, heads the far-right organization Vanguard America that seemed in the chaos of the moment to have some sort of link to the man police say drove a car into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, leaving one woman dead

Pennsylvania fifth in nation for hate groups – Allentown Morning Call

| August 15, 2017

Pennsylvania is home to more than three dozen hate groups ranging from local chapters of the Ku Klux Klan and a violent skinhead group to anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim organizations, according to a national watchdog group that tracks extremist organizations. In its annual Intelligence Report, released in February, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported the number of hate groups had surged nationally to 917 in 2016, within 100 of the all-time high recorded in 2011. Forty of the groups were in Pennsylvania, making it the fifth most active state behind California (79), Florida (63), Texas (55) and New York (47), according to SPLC.

Signs Upon Our Hands (Parshat Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) – HuffPost

| August 8, 2017

In early July, I sat in a room at a retreat center in Northern California, listening with rapt attention to a group of queer elders telling stories.

Sheri Zvi is ADL’s new Florida regional director – Sun Sentinel

| August 5, 2017

On July 17, Sheri Zvi became the new Florida regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Atara Foods: Restoring Glory to Hindquarter Meat – Jewish Exponent

| August 2, 2017

Atara Foods employee Enrique Torres, a 25-year-old Pikesville, Md., resident, slices freshly slaughtered kosher meat at the downtown Baltimore facility on July 26. | Shana Medel By Shana Medel Yaakov Levi is fixated on working his way to the top of the food chain in Charm City, otherwise known as Baltimore. The Israeli native, who was introduced to the glatt-kosher meat industry by his father, quickly became an integral part of the family business at 8 years old


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