Evangelical support for Israel is neither permanent nor inevitable


(The Conversation) — Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, made waves in May 2021 when he publicly suggested that Israel should prioritize its relationship with American evangelicals over American Jews. Dermer described evangelicals as the “backbone of Israel’s support in the United States.” By contrast, he described American Jews as “disproportionately among [Israel’s] … Read more

JewBelong goes digital — and hot pink — in campaign to sound alarm on antisemitism


A large billboard displays a message against antisemitism from JewBelong in Times Square, July 12, 2021, in New York City. RNS photo by Renée Roden (RNS) — The signs — hot neon pink banners flashing over Times Square in Manhattan — are bold and unapologetic: “Being woke and antisemitic is like being a vegan who … Read more

How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America


(RNS) — Jewish Americans have recently suffered yet another wave of antisemitic violence. Synagogues have been vandalized in several major cities, and Jewish Americans have been attacked while simply walking down the street — incidents that, several commentators have pointed out, we might have thought belonged to another era. There is another kind of antisemitism … Read more

Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse


SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Florida. The town is home to a large Jewish community, where the families often crowd the sidewalks before sunset as they walk to services for the Sabbath. Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, … Read more