Decolonizing Jewish Studies Part II: A Response to the Backlash – Religion Dispatches

| May 7, 2021

Recently, we identified Jewish Studies scholarship that is sexist, racist, and cisheteronormative, arguing that neoliberal ideologies and metrics reinforce and promote such research. We invited collective reimagining of a more just and creative field. Thus, were bemused by a letter written shortly thereafter by former presidents of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)the fields scholarly organization in the USdecrying the presidents resignation (after meeting with a sexual harasser the organization expelled).

Israel and the metamorphosis of the Sabra through the years – The Jerusalem Post

| May 7, 2021

SABRA AS hero: Eight on the Track of One by Yemima Avidar-Tchernovitz (Keter Publishing)Its been 90 years since journalist Uri Kesari published the essay We Are the Leaves of the Sabra! in the Doar HaYom newspaper, in which he called for changing the use of the derogatory nickname Sabra into a positive term.This moniker, which was commonly used to refer to people born in Israel, had a negative connotation and brought with it a feeling of derision, contempt and pity, the essay read.

The TikTok exec looking to spread Hasidic values – Jewish Insider

| May 7, 2021

When Michal Oshman walked into Facebooks London offices on her first day of work at the social media giant, she encountered a question emblazoned on the wall at the entrance: What would you do if you werent afraid? The question struck a deep chord with Oshman, 45, who felt that she had lived much of her life controlled by deep-seated fears and anxieties.

Attorney general settles housing bias claims against Town of Chester over 431-home project – Times Herald-Record

| May 7, 2021

CHESTER A federal judge approved an agreement on Friday between the state Attorney General's Office and Town of Chester that resolves another piece of the 2019 discrimination lawsuit by the developers of the 431-home Greens at Chester project. The developers, who claimed the town obstructed their fully approved plans to try to prevent an influx of Hasidic families, already settled their case against the town in February and have been building homes since last year, with 22 now under construction. But still pending before U.S.

Lag BaOmer pilgrimage brings Orthodox Jews closer to eternity I experienced this spiritual bonding in years before the tragedy – Jacksonville…

| May 7, 2021

Eds: This story was supplied by The Conversation for AP customers. The Associated Press does not guarantee the content. (THE CONVERSATION) The annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel attracts as many as half a million visitors every year.

‘His voice was the sound of music:’ An American Hasid lost on Mt. Meron – Forward

| May 7, 2021

Rabbi Shragi Gestetner was born to make music.

Three men from Rockland and Kiryas Joel died in Israel disaster that claimed 45 lives – Times Herald-Record

| May 7, 2021

Aron Wieder talks about Israel stampede deaths Aron Wieder talks about Israel stampede deaths Peter Carr, Times Herald-Record Two men from Rockland County and one from Kiryas Joel were among at least 45 people crushed or trampled to death early Friday while leavingan annual religious gathering in Israel. The victims included ShragyGestetner, a 33-year-old father of five from Airmont who was a Skverer Hasidic rabbinical scholar and singer who used to perform at large events