jewish synagogues

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Jewish groups across the US receive bomb threats, forcing evacuations

  • Numerous Jewish community centers on the east coast received anonymous bomb threats via phone Monday, forcing evacuations and police responses.
  • Some of the calls were prerecorded while others were live, and likely came from the same telephone number. 
  • NBC reported threats were made to facilities as far apart as New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and South Carolina. In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said threats were also received in Delaware.
  • Facilities across the county were evacuated, though authorities did not discover any explosive devices. 
  • Jewish schools in London also received bomb threats, though it was not clear whether the incidents are connected. Read more
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Morning prayers at the Yusef Abad Synagogue in Tehran, Iran

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The Szeged Synagogue is a synagogue in Szeged, Hungary. It is a 1907 building designed by the Jewish Hungarian architect Lipót Baumhorn (1860–1932,), whose work is considered to contain the finest examples of the unique fin de siècle Hungarian blending of Art Nouveau and Historicist styles sometimes known as Magyar style. It served Szeged’s large Neolog community.

Israeli-American teen believed to be behind JCC bomb threats

  • A 19-year-old Jewish teenager was arrested in Israel on Thursday in connection with bomb threats made to Jewish community centers and synagogues in the United States, CNN reported on Thursday.
  • Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli police worked with the FBI for months before making the arrest, CNN reported. 
  • The teen, who reportedly holds dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship, is believed to have used “advanced camouflage technologies” while calling in threats to community centers, synagogues and in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, according to Rosenfeld. 
  • One threat was called into Delta Airlines in 2015, and allegedly led to a plane making an emergency landing, the Associated Press reported.
  • The AP reported that the suspect, from the south of Israel, was reportedly behind “dozens” of threats made to Jewish institutions since January.
  • Rosenfeld also said that, so far, the suspect’s motive’s remain unclear. Read more (3/23/17 11 AM)

Trump becoming president is obviously scary enough but as a german person looking back on our history it’s really kinda creepy that both the declaration of the Weimar Republic before WW1 and the Reichspogromnacht (night of broken glass , the night nazis burned down and destroyed a ton of jewish owned businesses, synagogues etc.), which is often seen as the “start” of the holocaust, took place on the exact same date….

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The Great Synagogue in Bucharest, Romania was raised in 1845 by the Polish-Jewish community. It was repaired in 1865, redesigned in 1903 and 1909, repainted in Rococo style in 1936 by Ghershon Horowitz, then it was restored again in 1945, as it had been devastated by the extreme right Legionaries. It nowadays hosts an exhibition entitled The Memorial of Jewish Martyrs “Chief Rabbi Dr. Mozes Rosen”.

With recent news of Disney dropping pewdiepie after the WSJ reported on his recent antisemitic ‘jokes’ is making the waves. You are going to be seeing a lot of big Youtubers defend him and stick by him. Know that these Youtubers are complicit to someone being antisemitic and therefore enabling antisemitism. If you truly care about the damage that is done by stunts like pewdiepie has done, then you should not support those Youtubers as well.

What damage you may ask? He is just one guy, what could he possibly be doing that’s harmful? Pewdiepie is the biggest Youtuber and his videos are watched by millions of young people. He is the biggest gaming Youtuber and keep in mind the new nazi movement the alt-right got started when a woman wanted to talk about video games. His stunts and behaviors influence his viewers that this kind of thinking is okay. That while antisemitism is on the rise with Jewish communities and synagogues receiving bomb threats and graffiti of swastikas littered over towns across the world, he decides to take advantage of two young men who know little English to hold a sign that wishes death to an entire people. An entire culture where there are still survivors of when the last time the world wished death upon them. And that is just one of many antisemitic stunt he has pulled in the past six months!

But it should be obvious it’s a joke and not like he is actually for this sort of hatred. He did get his fame for constant rape jokes and racial slurs after all, so we all can tell he’s a jokester. And he’s so sorry that people were offended by his stunt. Please tell yourself what is the purpose of this joke? It’s funny because he doesn’t really think that? But there is nothing in the joke ridiculing those who hold that opinion. He’s made similar jokes a number of times recently, how am I to believe he’s sincere saying he’s not for hate when there is nothing more than empty words to prove that? 

Unfortunately, despite Disney dropping him, he will receive little backlash by the Youtube community. Many of your favorite Youtubers will still be supporting pewdiepie. They will be proving they complacent with someone who contributes to current antisemitism. There is no being neutral when it comes to hate, to be neutral is to be for it. If you truly care about helping Jewish people and other minority groups, you will stop supporting pewdiepie and the Youtubers who will defend him and continue to work with him.

The Great Synagogue of Tripoli - Libya

The synagogue has been left abandoned & vandalised since Libyan Jews were kicked out in the mid-late 20th century.

In the early 1930’s Jews made as much as 4% of Libya’s total population & 25% of Tripoli, sadly today the community is extinct.