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Theatre News: ‘The Wanderers’ by Anna Ziegler to have Washington, DC Debut at Theater J – MD Theatre Guide

| February 21, 2020

The funny, insightful, and mysterious new drama is the fourth by Ziegler produced by Theater J The Wanderers by Anna Ziegler begins performances in the renovated Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center on February 19, 2020 and continues through March 15, 2020. Theater Js DC premiere will be directed by Amber McGinnis

Yiddish-Turned-English in the Oxford Dictionary – Anash.org – Good News

| February 21, 2020

A bochur was kvetching to a shliach at a farbrengen is a perfect sentence, rules the Oxford English Dictionary, which recently added a number of Jewish terms and words. By Anash.org writer The Oxford English Dictionary recently includes a selection of Yiddish terms and words, the Times of Israel reported, with some entries not particularly complimentary, such as bagel a derogatory and offensive word in the US for a Jew. We reflect, rather than dictate, how language is used which means we include words which may be considered sensitive and derogatory

Holding Hands NYC’s Commission on Human Rights launches ad campaign in support of the Jewish community – Jewish Insider

| February 19, 2020

Amid a rise of antisemitism, the New York City Commission on Human Rights is launching an ad campaign in support of the Jewish community. Reaching out: The campaign, which will run in several Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish print publications and online, seeks to reassure the Jewish community that the city is committed to combating antisemitism and religious harassment in the wake of recent antisemitic violence. We will lift up and celebrate the diversity of Jewish communities, work to build a foundation of compassion and understanding between neighbors, and remain engaged in these communities to foster trust and healing, Carmelyn Malalis, the commissions chair, said in a statement

NY Times: Over Half of Hate Crimes in NYC Last Year Were Directed at Visible Jews – The Jewish Voice

| February 19, 2020

By Ilana Siyance Over half of all the hate crimes in New York City last year were attacks against Jewish people, the NY Times reported. As anti-Semitic attacks rise, orthodox Jews, or those who look visibly Jewish, are taking the brunt of most of these attacks

Orthodox rapper Nissim Black reintroduces himself to the world – The Jewish News of Northern California

| February 19, 2020

Nissim Black knows that wherever he goes, hes going to turn heads.

Canadians, like New Yorkers, sue their government to force change in yeshivas – Forward

| February 16, 2020

Read in Yiddish. For the first time, the Canadian government is getting a taste of what New York City and state have been dealing with for years a trial over a lawsuit accusing it of failing to provide adequate secular education to Hasidic children. Yohanan Lowen, and his wife Shifra, claim in the lawsuit against the province of Quebec that when Yohanan graduated at age 18, he was unable to read or write in French or English or perform basic arithmetic

Orthodox Jewish group slams Assembly bill aimed at land preservation – Times Herald-Record

| February 16, 2020

Jane Anderson Times Herald-Record @JaneAndersonTHR ThursdayFeb13,2020at6:22PM This week's passage of a state Assembly bill that would help preserve land in Orange County has raised charges of anti-Hasidim motives from an Orthodox Jewish group. Named the Orange County Community Preservation Act, the bill adds Orange County to the list of Hudson Valley counties that are eligible to raise funding for community preservation through taxes on property sales.

If an algorithm thinks Hasidic Jews are black, is it wrong? Day 3 of East Ramapo trial – Jewish Journal

| February 12, 2020

Its a courtroom trial, but it felt like a math class. Wednesday saw expert testimony on racially segregated voting in the East Ramapo Central School District, a majority Orthodox suburban district that has been plagued by a battle over funding to the districts public schools.

East Ramapo trial begins: The white community will always win vs. literally whitewashing Hasidic Jews – Forward

| February 12, 2020

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Lawyers on Monday presented starkly different perspectives on identity politics in a suburban New York school district, as a federal trial opened in a voting-rights case that caps more than a dozen years of battle over funding between Orthodox Jews and their mostly black and Latino neighbors

You can now add Yiddish to the languages into which the Harry Potter books have been translated – The-Leaky-Cauldron.org – The Leaky Cauldron.org

| February 12, 2020

As reported in Jewish newspaper The Forward, the First Edition of the Yiddish translation of Harry Potter and the PhilosophersStone, comprising 1,000 copies, sold out within two days of publication, with orders coming in from theUnited States, Israel, Poland, Sweden, Morocco, Australia, and China.


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