On Tisha B’av, the meaning of Tree of Life revealed


(RNS) — The site of the most deadly attack on Jews in U.S. history is getting ready to rebuild. In early May, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh announced that Daniel Libeskind, the architect of Berlin’s Jewish Museum and the master planner of the World Trade Center district after 9/11, had been commissioned to … Read more

Report: Nearly half of Jewish cemeteries in Europe are falling apart


(RNS) — A new report cataloging 1,700 Jewish cemeteries across Central and Eastern Europe has found that almost half them are in a severe state of disrepair. The report, to be published in September, was undertaken by the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, a group funded by the European Union. It found that 44% of the … 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

Labour lifts Trevor Phillips’ suspension for alleged Islamophobia


Trevor Phillips has been readmitted to the Labour party after his suspension for alleged Islamophobia was lifted, the Guardian has learned. The anti-racism campaigner, who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), was temporarily banned from the party in March last year. The suspension letter, a copy of which was released by Phillips, … 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

German army appoints first rabbi as religious counsellor in 100 years


The German army has installed its first rabbi as a religious counsellor in 100 years, in a symbol of the renewal of Jewish life decades after the Holocaust. Priests and pastors are already providing religious services to the estimated 94,000 Christians in the military. But the equivalent has not been available to Jewish soldiers, who … Read more