Tag: Jewish

Denmark is Considering a Ban on Circumcision. That Has Some Jews Thinking About Leaving.

Danish Jews at a ceremony in Copenhagen, Dec. 25, 2016. (Chabad of Copenhagen)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA) — In 2015, a jihadist killed a Jewish guard outside this capital city’s main synagogue, where Hannah Bentow was having her bat mitzvah party.

Her sense of security as a Jew in Denmark was shattered, she told JTA last week. Bentow and dozens of teenagers stayed inside for long uncertain minutes as police pursued and later killed the man who gunned down…

26 Jewish Groups Sign Letter Condemning Policy That Separates Children from Migrant Parents

(JTA) — Twenty-six Jewish groups signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen opposing the government policy of separating children from their migrant parents.

The letter, which was organized by the Anti-Defamation League, calls the policy “unconscionable.”

Signers include three major Jewish religious movements — Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist — as well as the American Jewish Committee, HIAS and Jewish Women’s International.

“This policy undermines the values of our nation and jeopardizes the safety and well-being of thousands of people,” the letter says. “As Jews, we understand the plight of being…

Young Jews Are Just As Religious As Their Parents, Study Finds

An inter-generational Hannukah celebration hosted by Keshet, a national Jewish LGBTQ equality group. (Collin Howell/Flickr)

(JTA) — Jewish young adults in the U.S. and Israel are, on average, just as religious as their elders, even though young people worldwide are largely less religious than their parents, a new study has found.

The study, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, also found that Israelis are far less religious than citizens of other Middle Eastern countries.

If the findings seem…

Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

Researchers in the Dutch capital have recovered two pages from one of Anne Frank’s diaries that contain passages on sexuality.

The pages’ content had remained unknown for decades because Frank had erased them. They were also covered by sheets of brown paper glued on top of them.

The pages were part of one of several diaries penned by the Jewish teenage diarist during her time hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, the city’s Anne Frank House wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The Anne Frank House, a museum located in Frank’s former hiding place, did not quote directly from the text it had…

Canadian prime minister will apologize for country’s turning away of Jewish refugee ship in 1939

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government will formally apologize for turning away a ship full of Jewish refugees who had fled Nazi Germany.

Trudeau made the announcement Tuesday night at a Jewish fundraiser for the March of the Living in honor of its 30th anniversary. He did not say when the apology would take place.

“When Canada denied asylum to the 907 German Jews on board the MS St. Louis, we failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“An apology in the House of Commons will not rewrite…