Ilhan Omar has been talked to about this before. Last year, before she was elected to the House of Representatives, before she emerged from a crowded Democratic field in Minnesota’s liberal 5th Congressional District, leaders of Minneapolis’ Jewish community fashioned what could be described as an anti-Semitic intervention of Omar, a rising star of the left whose remarks had made many fellow Democrats in the Jewish community uncomfortable. This is relevant because Omar, a freshman member of Congress, has come under fire this week after suggesting on Twitter that supporters of Israel in Congress are bought and paid for by a bipartisan pro-Israel lobbying group. To many, the remark went beyond a critique of money’s influence in politics and evoked the anti-Semitic myth that Jews seek to control the world via money. The response by some, ranging from Chelsea Clinton to fellow Minnesotan U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, a Jew representing a neighboring district, is to engage … [Read more...] about MN Jewish leaders talked with Ilhan Omar about anti-Semitism last year. Why they remain frustrated.
Two Jewish House Democrats, alarmed by what they view as anti-Semitic comments from new Muslim colleagues, are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants to denounce the divisive rhetoric and take action to stop it. Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia are gathering signatures on a letter asking Pelosi (Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) and other senior Democrats to confront freshman Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan by “reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the State of Israel.” “As Jewish Members of Congress, we are deeply alarmed by recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation,” the letter reads, according to a draft viewed by The Washington Post. “We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against … [Read more...] about Jewish House Democrats urge Nancy Pelosi to denounce Ilhan Omar for ‘hateful tropes’ in tweets
Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women, led by lawyer Rachel “Ruchie” Freir, who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. Though the neighborhood is home to the largest volunteer ambulance corps in the world, known as Hatzolah, that organization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks. 93Queen offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within. Film is free, and an $18 admission Sweet & Savory reception will follow. … [Read more...] about Temple Shalom Jewish film series: 93Queen
Media Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image A plaque from the original Daily Forward office, seen adorning its Lower Manhattan headquarters in 2013. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images A plaque from the original Daily Forward office, seen adorning its Lower Manhattan headquarters in 2013. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images It has been a long, long time since New York City's newsstands have been bereft of copies of The Forward. Founded as a Yiddish-language daily in 1897, the newspaper once known as The Jewish Daily Forward endured a host of major changes over its long lifespan — but through them all, the small publication reliably went to press with news that its predominantly American Jewish audience often couldn't find elsewhere. But that will change come springtime. The paper announced Thursday that it is ending its print operation in order to "become a digitally focused publisher," … [Read more...] about ‘The Forward,’ Storied Jewish Paper, Shutters Print Edition After 121 Years
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 January 2019 Rhiannon Long Pastor Sally Mann, who's written a book about people she's met in the church and local community. Picture: Ken Mears Archant A pastor from Newham who’s had five generations of her family live in four streets in East Ham, has written a book about her community. Pastor Charles Howe, who founded the church and cared for Sally's grandmother. Picture: Ken MearsSally Mann, 48, is the fourth generation of her family to have lived in the area around Flanders Road. After being told how unusual that was, the Bonny Downs Community Church pastor decided to write a book about the people she’s met from 25 years of ministering.“The book came into being because I met up with a group of people interested in unusual churches,” Sally said.“I hadn’t realised that it was a big deal that five generations of my family had lived in the same four streets – because it was my family’s … [Read more...] about Pastor who is one of five generations to live in East Ham writes book about community