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NAACP suspends official who said ‘the Hasidics are generally not too friendly’ – The Times of Israel

| January 11, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) A local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People official in New Jersey has been suspended from his position for six months after giving a speech castigating Orthodox Jews in Jersey City and the largely Jewish city of Lakewood.

White Nationalists and Neo-Nazis Applaud Recent Spate of Antisemitic Attacks – Southern Poverty Law Center

| January 11, 2020

The statements from organized racists are noteworthy due to the racialized nature of two prominent attacks that took place in December 2019: The suspects accused in both incidents are black. Two black suspects allegedly shot and killed four people in a Jersey City, New Jersey, kosher supermarket on Dec. 11, 2019, and another allegedly attacked Hasidic Jews at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, New York, on Dec

Another Cyclist Injured Along Dangerous Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg – Streetsblog New York

| January 11, 2020

City & State NY is hosting a full dayNew York in Transit summiton Jan. 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Chris Deerin: Fancy that, being a grown-up Artful Dodger with Hasidic leanings and a Sex Pistols fixation is rather fun after all – Press and Journal

| January 11, 2020

I have friends who leap, screeching with joy, whenever the opportunity to don fancy dress presents itself. They are willing to go the full overblown hog at a moments notice weird and wonderful colours and shapes and headgear and make-up are suddenly magicked up from some secret stash

State of Washington swears in first Native American-Jewish Supreme Court justice – The Times of Israel

| January 11, 2020

KVELLER via JTA The state of Washington has sworn in its first Native American Supreme Court justice, Raquel Montoya-Lewis who also happens to be Jewish. Governor Jay Inslee appointed Montoya-Lewis, 51, to serve on Washingtons highest court.

Audiences loved Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, but Yiddish gets no love – The Jerusalem Post

| January 11, 2020

NEW YORK Fidler afn Dakh, the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, closed on Jan. 5 after a wildly successful 11-month run off-Broadway and an equally successful seven-month stint at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

On Olga Livshin’s A Life Replaced and Olga Zilberbourg’s Like Water and Other Stories – lareviewofbooks

| January 11, 2020

JANUARY 11, 2020 WHEN ANNA AKHMATOVA wrote, in her fifth Northern Elegy, that her life had been replaced, she had recently turned down a marriage proposal. She returned to Leningrad to find that her lover had married someone else, a woman who was now carrying what could have been Akhmatovas only legal name.

As good a time as any, Trump team eyes releasing Mideast peace plan ahead of Israeli elections – Jewish Insider

| January 11, 2020

Good Wednesday morning! On Capitol Hill, Top administration officials will brief members of Congress on the situation with Iran. More below. In Albany, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his state of the state address

The Daf Yomi celebrations: Inspiring, but more unity is needed – The Jerusalem Post

| January 11, 2020

It has been a week filled with celebrations of the completion of the 13th cycle of Daf Yomi, as tens of thousands of Jews worldwide completed the 2,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud after studying one page per day for seven-and-a-half years.The most impressive siyum meaning finishing, the word used to describe the celebration of completing a section of Torah study took place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, where 92,000 people attended to rejoice over this accomplishment. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn held another 20,000, and arenas and convention halls in Israel were also filled on consecutive nights as part of the many celebrations.As inspiring as it was to see so many people completing the entire Talmud and celebrating the study of Torah, the fact that there were so many separate and disconnected siyums demonstrates a disheartening level of polarization in our nation.Shas, the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi party, held its own siyum in the Payis Arena in Jerusalem. United Torah Judaism, representing the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox population, held its own celebration in the same arena on a different night

By the Volga, we sat down and wept for Zion – Ynetnews

| January 11, 2020

My grandfather always used to say to me: "In Russia, I was a Jew; but here, I'm a Russian." It took me a while to fully grasp what he meant. I guess growing up in a migrant town didn't help.


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