For The First Time Ever, Stockholm Has a Swedish-born Rabbi
The rabbis who come to work in Stockholm usually speak very little Swedish and are unfamiliar with Swedish culture. That’s because the Jewish community in Sweden — around 15,000 people out of the country’s total population of 10 million — is small enough that they usually need to import rabbis from elsewhere. None of this is a problem for Mattias Amster, who in July became the first rabbi born and raised in Sweden to hold a pulpit in the nation’s capital.
All-Female Orthodox EMTs Debut First Ambulance
For the last few years, Ezras Nashim, an all-female based EMS service, has been gaining traction and fighting for legitimacy in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods; specifically, the right to utilize an ambulance. The group debuted their first-ever ambulance this weekend.
Malcolm Hoenlein On His Burgeoning Friendship With Nick Cannon
Three months after his highly publicized firing from Viacom for making antisemitic comments, actor Nick Cannon has worked to make amends with the Jewish community, including befriending Malcolm Hoenlein. Their Shabbat dinner in Teaneck, Hoenlein believes, was Cannon’s first. “He spent hours talking with my family — my children, grandchildren.” Since then, Hoenlein met with the actor numerous times, including dining at the UN Plaza Grill and were photographed holding up a poster that read “stop Jew hatred.”
Ignoring the Facts, De Blasio and Cuomo Paint Targets on the Backs of Jews
In 2019, hate crimes against Jews in New York City had increased by 64% from the prior year. This monumental spike in hate crimes against Jews, particularly against the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox, occurred as overall crime in New York City had decreased by 6%.
A Tokyo Sequel to ‘Chariots of Fire’
When the starting gun goes off at the Tokyo Olympics women’s marathon next summer, one elite runner may be sitting on the sidelines—not because of her running time, but because of her religious beliefs. Beatie Deutsch, Israel’s national champion marathon runner, can’t compete if the marathon is held, as scheduled, on the Jewish Sabbath.