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

‘No Jew is left behind’: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar on Surfside, Florida, response


(RNS) — The Shul of Bal Harbour is less than a mile from the Champlain Towers condo building that partially collapsed last week in Surfside, Florida. And the residents of the building — not only the Jewish ones — almost certainly had come in contact with the bustling Chabad-Lubavitch congregation on Collins Avenue. The synagogue, … Read more

A devastated Jewish community in Surfside, Florida, begins burying its dead


(RNS) — As the search for missing people trapped in the rubble of a Surfside, Florida, condo building continued, the town’s large Jewish community buried its first victims Monday (June 28) and Tuesday. Leon Oliwkowicz, 81, and his wife, Christina Beatriz Elvira Oliwkowicz, 74, were among the first apartment dwellers identified after the 13-story Champlain … Read more