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Tenor Of Trump Campaign Sparking Fresh Outrage

Attacks on Jewish journalists from candidate’s supporters spur ADL task force; calls for Jewish response.

06/08/2016 - 08:06
Staff Writer

Bethany Mandel, a political columnist, has received such a barrage of anti-Semitic tweets since her criticism of Donald Trump — everything from being called a “slimy Jewess” to being told she “deserve[s] the oven” — that she went out and bought a gun.

The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website added a Jewish star to California House candidate Erin Schrode’s photograph

Ali And The Jews On Miami Beach

06/07/2016 - 17:23
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: The following is an excerpt from Thane Rosenbaum’s most recent novel, “How Sweet It Is!” (Mandel Pillar Press), which will be out in paperback in the fall. The novel is set in Miami Beach in 1972, featuring a host of historical characters who all happened to be in the city during that year, one of whom was Muhammad Ali, who died last week at 74. What Ali, a recently converted Muslim who was outspoken in support of the Palestinian cause, was doing in Miami Beach, living among the Holocaust survivors and Jewish transplants from the Northeast, is a novel all on its own. Actually, the mere thought of Ali in this exotic Jewish habitat is stranger than fiction, which Rosenbaum maximizes to full comic effect. In this excerpt, Ali is befriended by an irreverent local rabbi who is as unorthodox as the always-clowning, loud-mouthed boxer himself.

Muhammad Ali working out at the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Museum

(((Echo))) Added To Database of Hate Symbols

The Anti-Defamation League officially adds the infamous Google Chrome extension to its list of cyber-hate.

06/07/2016 - 16:30
Editorial Intern

The Alt-Right—a term used for conservatives who oppose mainstream conservative values—has officially joined the Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups by originating their own hate symbol. The (((Echo))), a symbol used to detect and mark Jews on social media, was officially recognized yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League as the latest symbol of hate in the organization's growing database.

Bernie Sanders’ Google Knowledge Graph card as seen on Google Chrome with the Coincidence Detector plugin activated. JTA

Ali And The Jews On Miami Beach

An excerpt from Thane Rosenbaum’s comic novel ‘How Sweet It Is!’

06/07/2016 - 12:09
Special To The Jewish Week

This is an excerpt from Thane Rosenbaum’s most recent novel, “How Sweet It Is!” (Mandel Vilar Press), which will be out in paperback in the fall. The novel is set in Miami Beach in 1972, featuring a host of historical characters who all happened to be in the city during that year, one of whom was Muhammad Ali, who died last week at 74. What Ali, a recently converted Muslim who was outspoken in support of the Palestinian cause, was doing in Miami Beach, living among the Holocaust survivors and Jewish transplants from the Northeast, is a novel all on its own. Actually, the mere thought of Ali in this exotic Jewish habitat is stranger than fiction, which Rosenbaum maximizes to full comic effect. In this excerpt, Ali is befriended by an irreverent local rabbi who is as unorthodox as the always-clowning, loud-mouthed boxer himself.

Muhammad Ali training at the Fifth Street Gym. HistoryMiami Archives and Research Center

US Opposes Settlements And Outsiders Imposing Solutions, National Security Chief Says

06/07/2016 - 11:16

Washington — The Obama administration will continue to object to Israeli and Palestinian unilateral actions, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said, while also resisting outside attempts to impose a solution.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaking to the American Jewish Committee’s annual Washington conference, June 6 2016. JTA

Muhammad Ali’s Complex Jewish Connections

Ali had Jewish family and friends, but his public relationship with the Jews was more complicated.

06/06/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

The Jewish world has spent the days since Muhammad Ali’s passing on Friday scrambling to find any connection Ali may have had with the Jewish people. The findings, which can be seen as a microcosm of Ali’s entire life, can be summed up in one word—complex.

A man places a candle under a mural of the late boxer Muhammad Ali in New York on June 4, 2016. Getty Images

The App White Supremacists Use To Identify Jews Online

06/03/2016 - 11:28
JTA

How’s a modern-day anti-Semite supposed to identify the Jews he might want to harass online?

There’s an app for that.

FeelTheBern.org’s Israel page as seen on the Google Chrome internet browser with the Coincidence Detector plugin activated. JTA

This 25-Year-Old Jewish Woman Could Become The Youngest Person In Congress

06/02/2016 - 11:37
JTA

Erin Schrode may not be a household name — yet. But if the 25-year-old Jewish activist lures enough of her millennial peers to the polls for California’s Democratic primary on June 7, she just may become the youngest person in the U.S. House of Representatives — and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Erin Schrode. JTA

Memorializing The Muslims Who Saved Albania’s Jews

06/01/2016 - 11:57

Norman Gershman, an environmental photographer living in Colorado, received an education in 20th-century European history when he came to New York City 12 years ago in search of some people to photograph. At the offices of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, he learned that the Muslim residents of Albania risked their lives to save the country’s small Jewish population from Nazi occupiers during World War II.

One of the photographs in Norman Hershman’s “Besa” exhibition about Righteous Gentiles in Albania.Hebrew Union College

‘Survivors Face Unique Challenges’

A Q&A with Florida Rep. Ted Deutch on homecare benefits.

06/01/2016 - 08:27

Rep. Ted Deutch: ‘There shouldn’t be artificial limits imposed.” 

Ted Deutch, a Democratic member of the House from Florida, is co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Study Group on Germany, which is dedicated to frank dialogue between American lawmakers and their peers in Germany. Deutch and Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have co-sponsored a pending House resolution calling upon Germany to “fulfill its moral responsibility to Holocaust survivors and urgently provide the financial resources necessary to ensure that survivors live in dignity and comfort in their remaining years.”

Rep. Ted Deutch. Courtesy of Ted Deutch
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