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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

David Suissa is President of Tribe Media/Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, where he has been writing a weekly column on the Jewish world since 2006. His commentary was originally published in the Jewish Journal and is reprinted with permission. Visit the Jewish Journal online at www.jewishjournal.com.

Poway and the power of Chabad

BY DAVID SUISSA, Jewish Journal May 2, 2019

With anti-Semitism on the rise, the deadly shooting at the synagogue in Poway last Shabbat had a tragic familiarity. Here we go again: Six months ago we had Pittsburgh, now it’s Poway. What’s next?It’s even worse in Europe, and especially in France,...

Rabbi Yosef Landa, director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, speaks at a community gathering on Sunday organized by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council after the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California.  Photo: Eric Berger 

Faith leaders urge redoubling of fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 1, 2019

The St. Louis Jewish community is mourning with others across the country in the wake of a fatal shooting Saturday during worship at a Southern California synagogue.“We cannot offer a deeper meaning. We are not even sure we know how to offer consolation,”...

John Earnest (Screenshot from KGTV San Diego)

Alleged Poway synagogue shooter pleads not guilty to murder and attempted murder

Marcy Oster May 1, 2019

(JTA) — Alleged Poway synagogue shooter John Earnest pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.Earnest, 19, stood inside a glass booth during his arraignment in San Diego County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.He is accused of being the...

Rabbi Uriel Vigler, shown with his wife Shevy, was harassed just days after the attack on a Chabad synagogue in Poway, Calif. (Courtesy of Vigler) 

Man harasses and lunges at Chabad rabbi in NY

Josefin Dolsten April 30, 2019

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Uriel Vigler was heading to morning prayers on Tuesday as he does every day on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, just before 7 a.m., when a man began shouting anti-Semitic insults at him.Vigler said the man called him a “f***ing...

Florida Senate passes anti-Semitism bill

Marcy Oster April 30, 2019

(JTA) — The Florida Senate unanimously passed an anti-Semitism bill.Prior to the discussion and vote Monday, the senators held a moment of silence for the victims of the Poway shooting.Using the State Department definition as its template, the legislation defines...

Ron Dermer speaks at the annual Days of Remembrance event at the U.S. Capitol, April 29, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Israeli ambassador calls New York Times ‘cesspool of hostility’ on Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 29, 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israeli ambassador to the United States linked The New York Times to the “Jew-hatred of growing parts of the intellectual class.”Ron Dermer was speaking Monday in the U.S. Capitol at the annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance...

Lori Gilbert-Kaye was killed in the shooting at the Chabad of Poway shooting. (Courtesy of Ariella Lee) 

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, slain in Poway synagogue attack, mourned by Jewish groups

Ron Kampeas April 29, 2019

(JTA) — Jewish groups mourned the death of their member, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was shot and killed in the attack at a Chabad synagogue in suburban San Diego.“We mourn the loss of AIPAC member Lori Gilbert-Kaye, and pray for the recovery of Rabbi...

A view of the Chabad congregation in Poway, Calif. Image: Google Street View

Alleged Poway synagogue shooter charged with murder

Marcy Oster April 29, 2019

(JTA) — The alleged gunman in the attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego was charged with murder.John Earnest, 19, was charged on Sunday afternoon with one count of murder in the first degree and three counts of attempted murder in the...

Executive Director Rabbi Ysrael Goldstein, who was shot in the hands, walks towards a press conference with Poway Mayor Steve Vaus outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, California on April 28, 2019. (SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Poway mayor: post-Pittsburgh precautions saved lives

Gabrielle Birkner April 28, 2019

POWAY, Calif. (JTA) — Poway’s mayor said preparations made in the aftermath of the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue “contributed to saving lives” in his hometown.On Saturday, a gunman entered the Chabad of Poway, killing Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a...

People attend a prayer and candlelight vigil at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church on April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. A gunman opened fire at the nearby Congregation Chabad synagogue on the last day of Passover leaving one person dead and three others injured. The suspect is in custody. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A 15-year-old teen started the GoFundMe for Chabad of Poway

Laura E. Adkins April 28, 2019

(JTA) — On the Shabbat morning of April 27, a 19-year-old with a gun killed Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injured several others at the Chabad of Poway outside of San Diego.But before the sun had set and observant Jews were able to see the news, another...

The New York Times published a cartoon that depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading President Donald Trump, who is wearing a black kippah. (New York Times)

In second statement, New York Times apologizes for publishing ‘anti-Semitic political cartoon’

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN, JTA April 28, 2019

NEW YORK (JTA) — After widespread condemnation, and an initial statement that critics slammed as inadequate, The New York Times apologized for publishing an “anti-Semitic political cartoon.”The image, which appeared Thursday in the opinion section...

Federation releases statement about San Diego synagogue shooting; Jewish community gathering planned

Federation releases statement about San Diego synagogue shooting; Jewish community gathering planned

April 28, 2019

On Saturday night, Jewish Federation of St. Louis issued a statement about the San Diego synagogue shooting, and announced there will be a Jewish community gathering at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus...

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