Jewish World

Cotler named envoy on Holocaust remembrance and combatting antisemitism

By Michael Regenstreif, Editor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that Irwin Cotler, a former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, and professor emeritus of law at McGill University, will be Canada’s special envoy on preserving Holocaust remembrance and combattin…

Quebec to allow gatherings during Christmas, but not Chanukah

By Philissa Cramer

(JTA) – Jewish groups in Quebec are expressing dismay after the province announced a plan to allow small gatherings at Christmas but said gatherings during Chanukah would remain prohibited.

The plan would permit Quebecers to have gatherings of up to 10 people per day f…

Jewish issues to watch in Joe Biden’s presidency

Iran, Israel, antisemitism and more

By Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) – On Joe Biden’s first day as U.S. president, he plans to launch a task force to reunite children and parents separated at the country’s southern border.

It’s one of several ways Biden has vowed to reverse policie…

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former U.K. chief rabbi, dies at 72

By Ben Harris, Cnaan Liphshiz, Gabe Friedman

(JTA) – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media appearances commanded a global following among Jews and non-Jews alike, has died.

Rabbi Sacks died Saturday morning at age 7…

United States of Anxiety: The new fears of American Jews

By Uriel Heilman

(JTA) – American Jews are anxious.

They’re worried about COVID-19, which already has killed a quarter-million Americans and is spreading more rapidly as winter approaches. They’re nervous about a precarious financial future.

They’re concerned about antisemitism an…