Topic / Judaism

Misogyny and homophobia on the rise among French Jews

Last month we reported on the launch of a liberal mosque in Germany that drew fire from Islamists because it allowed men and women to interact and was welcoming to gays. Well, today we learn some Jews in Marseille have taken to aping Muslim zealots by targeting the Edmond Fleg Centre, run by Martine Yana, […]

Switching electricity suppliers to get ‘kosher’ Sabbath power

About 12 years ago I read a Telegraph report about an ultra-Orthodox Jewish electrician and father of 15 who was only ‘partially happy’ with a proposed £6-million scheme to provide ‘kosher’ electricity to religious neighbourhood in Israel. The scheme would involve non-Jews working for the electricity company on the Sabbath. Arieh Moshkovitz, from Mea Shearim, […]

Connecticut rabbi, 77, arrested on sexual assault charges

A prominent Connecticut rabbi and hard-line morality campaigner, Rabbi Daniel Greer, has been charged with sexually assaulting of a minor – two months after he was ordered to pay $20 million in damages relating to the abuse. Greer, the founding rabbi of two Jewish schools in New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and […]

Jewish journalist demoted over Chicago Dyke March coverage

Last month an LGBT publication, the Windy City Times, carried a report by Gretchen Rachel Hammond, above, that three Jewish women were ‘ejected’ from Chicago’s Dyke March because they had annoyed pro-Palestinians and others with their ‘Zionist’ chants and rainbow flags bearing the Star of David. The march organisers were livid over the report, and […]

Montreal police issue arrest warrant for hate preacher

Months after a Jewish group in Canada demanded police action against Muslim hate preacher, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr, above, it was reported at the weekend that the Montreal police’s hate crimes unit has finally taken action. In March, B’nai Brith told the police that, in a speech delivered on December 23, 2016 at […]

Man sacked over Sabbath working rule wins damages

Richard Zilberg, 54, a Jewish hairdresser in Montreal, has been awarded $12,500 in damages following his sacking in 2012 for working on Saturdays. Zilberg was hired at the Spa Orazen salon in October 2011 and worked six days a week, including Saturday, the busiest day of the week. But salon owner Iris Gressy, who is […]

Rabbi among those arrested in NJ benefits fraud investigation

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, 39, who runs the Congregation Lutzk synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey, was caught up today (Monday) in a series of raids by federal and state authorities investigating welfare fraud. His wife and three other couples were arrested. According to this report, federal prosecutors said the arrests stemmed from a massive joint investigation […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Israel accused of ‘cowardice’ over mixed gender prayer area

Anat Hoffman, chair of the Women of the Wall group, has lashed out at the the Israeli government’s decision to freeze a plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Hoffman, pictured above with two paratrooper veterans, called the government decision an “outrage.” I think it shows cowardice. For two years we […]

Victory for woman who sued El Al over gender segregation

Last April we carried a piece about Renee Rabinowitz, above, who launched a lawsuit against Israel’s national carrier after she was told to move from her seat because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man did not want to sit next to her on a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv in 2015. Well, the good news is […]