Anti-Semitism

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Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (1945-2018) was a lesbian-feminist writer and editor. She made multiple theoretical contributions to understanding Judaism, lesbianism, and feminism as intersectional identities, extended an awareness of class and economic justice through a Jewish lens, and made visible racial differences within Jewish communities. She advocated Radical Diasporism as a progressive alternative to Zionism.

Diesel La Torraca as Austin, Brianne Howey as Georgia, and Antonia Gentry as Ginny in Ginny & Georgia

"Ginny and Georgia": A Jewish Feminist Take

Rose Clubok

Ginny and Georgia raised significant questions for me as a Jewish feminist. Given its recent renewal for a second season, I think these questions are worth engaging.

Jewish Stars and Question Mark

What Is Antisemitism?

Emily-Rose Baker

In recent years, this question has become a source of debate.

Topics: Anti-Semitism

Sports in Austria 1918-1938

This article gives an overview of the participation of Jewish women in Austrian sport from the Habsburg monarchy to the present day. Drawing on selected biographies of sportswomen and functionaries, and with a regional focus on the capital city of Vienna, it explores the double relationship between female emancipation and Jewish self-assertion in an environment that had long been male-dominated and anti-Semitic.

Jewish Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

The Jewish women who formed part of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo were pivotal to the human rights movement in Argentina, fighting for truth and justice for victims of the 1976-1983 dictatorship that resulted in 30,000 disappeared, tortured, and killed.

Union Jack and Star of David

UK Labour's Antisemitism Advisory Board Has Problems

Emily-Rose Baker

The UK Labour Party has appointed a new Antisemitism Advisory Board. That's a good thing, right?

Topics: Anti-Semitism

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is an American folklorist who is a scholar of Jewish cultures of Eastern Europe, North America, and Israel, museums, heritage, and tourism, as well as a curator of exhibits and documentarian. She is Chief Curator of the core exhibit of the POLIN Museum of Jewish history in Warsaw.

Pulcellina of Blois

Pulcellina was a prominent and powerful Jewish moneylender in twelfth-century Blois. In 1171, she was burned at the stake with mother than 30 other Jews on the false accusation of murdering a Christian boy.

Culture Warlords cover

In "Culture Warlords" Talia Lavin Unmasks Nazis and Sheds Light on the Dark Web

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

JWA reviews Talia Lavin's debut, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy.

Topics: Anti-Semitism
Gold Star of David necklace hanging in midair, in partial focus.

"Tagen Alai": My Magen David Necklace and My Jewish Identity

Noa Gross

My Magen David necklace has transformed from a simple silver chain into an extension of my identity.

Illustration of Curly Hair

Embracing My Curls, Embracing My Jewish Femininity

Simone Miller

My hair doesn’t only destroy hair ties; it also destroys insecurities about my Jewishness and femininity.

Graphic with emergency sirens alternating with dollar signs

When the Pogrom Comes, Can I Afford to Leave?

Sarah Jae Leiber

"I wonder if I'll know when or if I need to leave. And if I do need to leave, will I be able to afford it?"

Topics: Anti-Semitism
Nadine Batchelor-Hunt crop

Black and Jewish: A Conversation with Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

Emily-Rose Baker

UK-based writer and journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunt talks to JWA about being Black and Jewish, grappling with those identities being pitted against each other.

Illustration of a Plague Doctor wearing beak mask.

Antisemitism During Coronavirus: From Pandemic to Pandemic

Ari Fogel

Antisemitism is, unfortunately, not a unique response to a pandemic.

Women of the Carvajal Family

The devotion of the Carvajal women to forbidden Jewish practices helped their family become the most famous Hispano-Portuguese secret Jews of colonial Latin America. The determination of these conversas, or New Christians, to create a recognizable Jewish identity shows the importance of women to crypto-Judaism at a time when the Inquisition of Spain and its territories prosecuted this belief system as heresy.

Berta Blejman de Drucaroff

Berta Blejman de Drucaroff was a prominent activist of the Yiddisher Kultur Farband (YKUF/ICUF) and a communist militant in anti-fascist organizations. She was president of the YKUF Women's Organization (OFI) and the main promoter of the reading circle network (leien kraizn) in Argentina.

Female Martyrdom

In various eras, Jewish women chose martrydom, or Kiddush ha-Shem (sanctification of the Divine Name), rather than repudiate God or transgress certain commandments. Examples appear in Jewish Hellenistic writings, rabbinic literature, Crusade chronicles, medieval Hebrew piyyut (liturgical poetry), accounts of the seventeenth-century Chmielnicki pogroms, and documents connected with the Shoah. Scholars differ, however, regarding the accuracy of these martyrological texts, which often reshape actual events to conform to iconic imagery.

Mina Fridman Ruetter

Mina Fridman Ruetter (1922-2003), an Argentinean-born Jew, was the most prominent leader of the Yiddisher Kultur Farband (YKUF) beginning in the 1970s. She studied and worked as a writer, teacher, and translator in organizations linked to the Communist Party and the Soviet Union. She was a highly visible leader and the disciple of YKUF intellectuals such as Pinie Katz and Samuel Gordon.

Caroline Calloway Polaroid

Caroline Calloway and Antisemitic Caricature

Emily-Rose Baker

We never thought we'd be talking about influencer Caroline Calloway at JWA, but she tweeted something antisemitic, so here we are!

Topics: Anti-Semitism
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Hanukkiah in front.

Courage in the Face of Rising Antisemitism in Europe

Lila Goldstein

The religious pride I saw among Jewish groups in Paris and Berlin inspires me to show courage through community.

Topics: Anti-Semitism
Jewish Persecution in Strasbourg, 1349

Lessons from the Black Plague: Rejecting Hatred in the Face of Pandemic

Savoy Curry

Historically, pandemics have inflamed underlying societal biases against immigrants and minorities. We must not let Coronavirus do the same.

Topics: Anti-Semitism
"Untitled" by Sonia Delaunay, 1917

Each Time I Enter the Synagogue: A Teen on Antisemitic Gun Violence

Madeline Canfield

My reaction to antisemitic gun violence is not one of fear, but of alertness to a threat far more normalized for me than for my elders.

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Is TikTok "Bad for the Jews"?

Julia Métraux

It should not be up to Jews to censor our own content to shield ourselves from antisemitic threats, but it is up to all of us to think carefully about the content we post.

Topics: Anti-Semitism, Media
Map of Europe, 1923

Reflections on the 2019 UK Election: Antisemitism in Europe

Emily-Rose Baker

In the aftermath of the 2019 UK election, let's talk about antisemitism in Europe.

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