Diaspora

Diaspora Jewry is the collective name for the Jewish communities outside of the Land of Israel. Historically, these communities go back to big historical events like the Babylonian exile, the siege of Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain. Today, the biggest Diaspora communities exist in the United States, France, Canada, the UK and Russia.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn to protest against coronavirus restrictions, in October.
After Supreme Court ruling, New Yorkers go back to synagogue
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A surprisingly gripping novel about ordinary Germans during the war
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Mikhael Mirilashvili, an Israeli-Georgian businessman and philanthropist
Mikhael Mirilashvili: Making an impact from Georgia to Israel
Fania (Fanny) Dunetz Brodsky turned 100 on November 15, 2020
Fania’s extraordinary Holocaust story
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Fania Dunetz after the war circa 1945
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Dying for football
By JANE BIRAN
SANFORD R. CARDIN, chair of Our Common Destiny.
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Premier League soccer ball, illustrative
English Premier League adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism
THE DEVASTATING surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941.
Jewish valor at Pearl Harbor
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US Holocaust Memorial, Iranian website launch Holocaust education project
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leaves the synagogue at the commemoration ceremony for victims of a shooting at a synagogue and a kebab shop one year ago in Halle, Germany October 9, 2020.
Parents of Halle Synagogue shooter share responsibility - lawyer
JEWS BEING transported by railway during the Holocaust.
Rapper Lord Jamar says 500,000 Jews at most died in the Holocaust
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Hasidic Jewish men gather for a morning prayer outside of a synagogue, closed due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
What does the Supreme Court ruling change for COVID hot spot synagogues?
By MICHAEL A. HELFAND/JTA
Houston's Chabad chapter lights a large menorah at City Hall every year
Across Texas, the show of outdoor Hanukkah festivities must go on
By JEFF SIEGEL/JTA
udolph Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, delivers a speech during the 2018 Iran Uprising Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 22, 2018
Giuliani doubles down, says Soros uses Judaism as ‘a shield and a sword’
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Polish born Mordechai Fox, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, wears a yellow Star of David on his jacket during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day
6 prominent Holocaust survivors have died in Europe over the past month
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn to protest against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in New York, US, October 7, 2020.
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By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo wears a face mask as he arrives at a daily briefing in New York City in July.
New York Young Republicans call Andrew Cuomo aide a ‘court Jew’
By BEN SALES/JTA
Marchers rally outside the Kyiv City State Administration during a torchlight procession honoring Stepan Bandera in the Ukraine capital, Jan. 1, 2020.
Professor fired for protesting statue of leader whose troops killed Jews
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks at a climate rally with presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna in Iowa City
Rashida Tlaib removes tweet with ‘river to the sea’ phrase
By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
Prison cell block
Iran releases Jewish prisoner imprisoned for visiting Israeli family
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder
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A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 19, 2019.
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An 1806 French print depicts Napoleon Bonaparte emancipating the Jews
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PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu meets with then-US vice president Joe Biden in Jerusalem in 2016.
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Neo-Nazis at public demonstration
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By REUTERS
An inflatable pig with a Star of David painted on it was displayed during a Roger Waters performance of The Wall in Belgium in 2013
Dead pig found outside rabbi’s door in heavily Orthodox New Jersey town
By BEN SALES/JTA
Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2016
Hungarian official retracts op-ed dubbing George Soros ‘liberal Fuhrer’
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Lord Jonathan Sacks, theologian, author, and former Chief Rabbi of the UK.
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Jessica Meir prepares to be submerged in NASA's 6.2 million gallon Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory for spacewalk training.
Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir wants to be the first woman on the moon
By HADAS RAGOLSKY CHRISSY/JTA
French soldiers patrol the street in a Jewish neighbourhood near a religious school and a synagogue as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security plan after the Islamist attacks in Paris January 20, 2015.
Jewish communities on high alert over threat of retaliation from Iran
An empty Knesset Plenum
Knesset committee ‘meets’ with UAE Jewish community
Seder Avodat Israel, Schocken, 1937, the National Library of Israel collections
Fanny Neuda: A pioneer of women’s prayer
By DR. ALIZA LAVIE
RAHM EMANUEL, former mayor of Chicago, speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, in Washington last yea
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Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer attend a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain November 5, 2019
UK Labour Party leader Starmer: We must change party culture
Supporters wait for Head of Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) Heinz-Christian Strache during an election campaign rally in Vienna, Austria
Politician noted for antisemitic comments nominated to Austrian Senate
By SARAH BEN-NUN
An AIPAC attendee sports a US-Israel themed suit
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People take pictures of a light symbol, marking the place where Viennese synagogues once stood before they were destroyed, after a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as Night of Broken Glass, in front of a then destroyed Synagogue in Vienna, Austria November 8, 2018.
Catholic cardinal condemns antisemitic attack on rabbi in Vienna
VISITORS WALK along the railway track at the main gate of the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp.
Polish architect makes tribute to Jewish community in Oświęcim
Jews and non-Jews gather in solidarity to protest against Antisemitism at Parliament Square in London on Sunday
Union members call on King's College to let them criticize Zionism, Israel
A man wears a kippa.
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By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Soldiers of the German armed forces, January 19, 2017
German troops suspected of running antisemitic chat group
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Meir Halimi, his son, and Jewish Agency French Director Arie Abitbol
100-year-old French man passes away one day after making aliyah
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (R) greets World Bank President James Wolfensohn at Arafat's office in Gaza City July 22, 1999.FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (R) greets World Bank President James Wolfensohn at Arafat's office in Gaza City July 22, 1999.
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By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
FILE PHOTO: General view of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands January 23, 2020
Dutch Israeli runs to be Netherlands’ youngest lawmaker
A student at St. John Vianney Primary School in Melbourne, Australia, is seen dressed up as a concentration camp inmate in a photo shared on social media.
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Posters saying, "Don't let Nazis rule" during a protest in Vienna, 2018
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The writer at the top of NYC's Empire State Building with two of her younger siblings
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Yedidya and Sivan Rahav Meir, far right, pose with World Mizrachi head Rabbi Doron Perez and other leaders from the Jewish body.
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Congregants of an Igbo synagogue gather to pray
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Ferris State University
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International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
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 Australian Ambassador Paul Griffiths with President Australian ambassador Paul Griffiths with President Reuven Rivlin.
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Prompts on how to use Amazon's Alexa personal assistant are seen in an Amazon ‘experience centre’ in Vallejo, California, US, May 8, 2018.
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Polish born Mordechai Fox, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor, wears a yellow Star of David on his jacket during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day
Despite Facebook ban on Holocaust denial, it’s still easy to find
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Abraham Flexner
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Antisemitic graffiti is seen on a monument dedicated to the victims of the Krakow ghetto, 2010.
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 TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
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Colorful pumpkins are decorated with the handwritten words “‘tis the season to be thankful.”
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A person picks up some of the donated produce at the American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry Thanksgiving meal distribution in Boston on Nov. 21, 2020
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By ABBY J. LEIBMAN/JTA
President Rivlin laid a wreath at the Holocaust memorial in Ottawa, accompanied by Prime Minister Trudeau
Trudeau names Cotler as Canada's special envoy on combating antisemitism
Billionaire Barry Sherman and wife Honey at a United Jewish Appeal annual event
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By REUTERS
Diners at the Char Bar in Washington DC.
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Czech parliament building
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A page is seen from Casa Prima del Buio.
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High-level panel launches to fight religious extremism, Islamism in Europe
Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
Riga Holocaust Museum at risk of closing over new lease concerns
Reciting the Kaddish prayer at the city’s ancient Jewish cemetery
Organizations to recite mass prayers for Jews buried in Arab countries
Cape Town South Africa
Suzanne Belling, former JTA correspondent and Jewish leader, dies at 72
By BEN HARRIS/JTA
From left: Jack Antonoff, Doja Cat and the Haim Sisters.
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By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
Residents of Hasidic Williamsburg have largely returned to pre-pandemic life, as seen on Sept. 29, 2020.
NY Hasidic Jews continue to hold large weddings despite COVID rules
By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march against the rise of antisemitism
Columbus Jewish couple say they were victims of hate crime by neighbor
By BEN SALES/JTA
1,200-year-old siddur dates back to first half of 9th century AD.
New music video features Iraqi Jewish prayers
Children chat during a Black Pete event in Amsterdam, Nov. 16, 2019.
Amsterdam’s Jewish museum wades into Dutch blackface controversy
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020
NYC fines Satmar $15,000 for mass wedding
Phil Rosenthal on a food tour of Tel Aviv.
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Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks at a climate rally with presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna in Iowa City
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POLICE IN a van guard the Jewish synagogue and community center in the northern German city of Bremen.
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By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Police officers wearing protective face masks detain a demonstrator during a protest against the government's restrictions following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in front of Reichstag, in Berlin, Germany May 16, 2020.
COVID restrictions protester compares herself to Nazi resistance fighter
By BEN SALES/JTA
A marijuana leaf
Marijuana plants seized from Argentine synagogue’s courtyard
By JTA STAFF
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
San Francisco Jewish students face antisemitic harassment online again
By BEN SALES/JTA
Vienna students fight antisemitism
Dutch right-wing politician resigns following party’s antisemitism scandal
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken attends an interview with Reuters in Paris, March 4, 2016.
Biden’s secretary of state choice Tony Blinken stands on Jewish issues
By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
A Satmar wedding takes place in Williamsberg, breaking coronavirus restrictions. November 2020
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Frankfurt am Main Synagogue burning during Kristallnacht
May his light shine on forever
By YECHIEL WASSERMAN
Jonathan Pollard red, white and blue
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Jonathan Pollard removes his electronic tag, having had his parole restrictions lifted. November 2020
Former PM to 'Post': Don't let Pollard make aliyah, it'll anger Biden
SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012
Secret Satmar wedding bypasses COVID restrictions in NYC - watch
Rashida Tlaib
Non-Jews, anti-Israel activists dominate ‘antisemitism’ panel - analysis
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, US, July 13, 2020.
NYC synagogues, churches file with Supreme Court to lift limit on worship
A security officer walks at the synagogue in Halle, Germany October 11, 2019, after two people were killed in a shooting
German synagogue's window shattered in alleged antisemitic attack
Former hammer-workshop of the German concentration camp Neuengamme.
Former Nazi concentration camp guard removal order from the US upheld
Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard departs US District court after a hearing with his wife Elaine in the Manhattan borough of New York December 14, 2015.
How Pollard was held captive by 35 years of politics - analysis
Ian Fagelson gives his Jewish London tour online, and at the Kindertransport statue at London's Liverpool Street Station
Tour guide offers virtual visits to Jewish London, raises charity money
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib speaks at a climate rally with presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna in Iowa City
Rashida Tlaib, BDS supporter, to speak on JVP antisemitism panel
A man plays with his kid in a street before the beginning of an annual "Christmas Run" in Mi'ilya, a Christian Arab village in northern Israel December 21, 2018
Quebec OKs Christmas, but not Hanukkah in COVID-19 holiday plan
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks campaigns to turn Tree of Life synagogue into anti-racism center
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Sarah Bloom Raskin in her office in 2015 as deputy secretary of the treasury department, Feb. 26, 2015.
Sarah Bloom Raskin is on Biden’s treasury secretary short list
By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
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