Michael Che’s joke on Saturday Night Live about how Israel had only vaccinated the “Jewish half” of its population landed with a thud on stage, but it unleashed a firestorm of criticism in its wake. Israel’s critics called the joke much needed truth-telling about the nation’s vaccine success story, which has excluded the Palestinians. Defenders of Israel said the joke was just plain wrong, if not antisemitic.
Elan Carr adopted a controversial set of views about what anti-Jewish bigotry looked like and approach to stopping it.
Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be attorney general, became emotional during his confirmation hearing Monday while discussing how his grandparents fled European antisemitism. Garland, a federal judge who has previously spoken about his Jewish identity, delivered the brief but moving remarks in response to a question from Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, about how his family history had informed his interest in the attorney general position.
Jessica Colvin recalled her two sons’ devastation last year when Camp Tawonga, an overnight JCC camp in California, announced that it would not open due to the pandemic.
The union election at an Amazon warehouse in central Alabama, which began Monday and will last for seven weeks, is being closely watched by both supporters and foes of organized labor. Workers at the facility have come closer to forming a union than any others in Amazon’s history, and a victory could have ramifications well beyond a single fulfillment center in the Birmingham suburbs.
At first, Alex Rapaport didn’t notice the chicken wings had disappeared. After a week, Rapaport, the director of Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen in Brooklyn, figured he could just find another supplier of the popular and inexpensive item. But poultry plants kept punting — demand was soaring in advance of the Super Bowl and nobody had kosher wings to spare.
“We’ve seen antisemitism weaponized in political terms and it’s not helpful in stopping antisemitism.”
The family of slain journalist Daniel Pearl said the Pakistani Supreme Court judges who ruled to free his killers last week harbor anti-American bias associated with conspiracy theories around Pearl’s death.
Rabbi Ed Stafman was looking for a way to stay active in the community, so he ran for the state legislature — and won.
There’s a storm brewing in the American Jewish community over a definition of antisemitism that appears, upon first glance, quite banal.