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October 29, 2021

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After four years of a president who stoked antisemitism subtly and overtly, there was a calming sigh of relief with Joe Biden’s election. However, the dangerous wave of antisemitism encouraged by his predecessor is proving difficult to contain. 

Antisemitism continues to rise. A third of Jewish college students say they have personally experienced antisemitism in the last year, according to a Hillel and ADL survey.

Issues like climate change and voting rights, which should be uniting us, have now become poisoned with antisemitism, just like what happened with the Women’s March a couple of years ago.

Recently a chapter of the environmentalist group Sunrise Movement said it wouldn’t march in a voting rights rally because pro-Israel groups were participating. Those “pro-Israel” groups included the National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center — organizations that have been working on these very issues.

The hatred has not ended. 

The GOP continues to welcome into its party candidates who embrace antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories, themes which will surely be the hallmark of their campaigns in the midterms.

The Jewish community is closely watching the VA gubernatorial race to see if antisemitic tropes used by the GOP candidate turn out or turn off voters. This can offer us a chilling preview of what we expect as we move closer to November.

In Congress, GOP members unabashedly embrace antisemitism and Holocaust imagery. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) held a fundraiser with a notorious white supremacist and Holocaust denier, Nick Fuentes. Gosar also attended a conference sponsored by Fuentes’ alt-right group because he wanted to speak to the young people there who “are becoming part of the election process and becoming a bigger force.”

We cannot stand idle. We must report incidents of antisemitism where and when we see them. During our zoom meeting today Rep. Elissa Slotkin - the first Jewish woman to represent Michigan in Congress - told us that we must be vigilant in our reporting, regardless of how small the incident.

It’s been three years this week since that horrific Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The Jewish community has tried to rebuild itself proving that hate will not defeat us. 

But our country has not defeated the hate. To do so, we must elect and support candidates in 2022 who will lead us away from that dark path.

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October 29, 2021

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Madison Cawthorn, Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Louie Gohmert colluded to assist in the violent insurrection.

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In the News

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Israel approved 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank a day after the U.S. issued its strongest rebuke yet of such construction. Mansour Abbas has become the Arab-Israeli power broker in the Knesset. Is he changing the system or selling out the Palestinian cause? A report reveals that Hamas has secret foreign investments worth hundreds of millions. If the West cracked down on the investments, the terrorist group’s destructive activities could be impaired.


A new study from Hillel and ADL finds a third of students on campus experienced antisemitism last year. Mila Kunis, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren, and over 200 other celebrities signed a letter denouncing cultural boycotts of Israel. Antisemitism on the left is subtler than on the right. But it’s getting worse.

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges to the Texas abortion law. Read about the status of various litigation on SB 8. Hundreds of scientists are weighing in on a high-stakes Mississippi abortion case. Ohio’s top lawyer filed suit against the Biden administration, seeking to restore a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics that Biden reversed earlier this month.


A GOP lawmaker says our problems come from violating 'God's laws for morality' and the 'definition of marriage'. Biden's nominee to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom would be the first Muslim to hold the position, marking a strong break from past bigotry against Islam in the U.S. ‘Evangelical’ is becoming another word for ‘Republican.’

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Biden presented House Democrats with a $1.75 trillion reconciliation framework while infrastructure got put on hold by progressives. The Middle East used to be shaped by powers like the U.S. Now Mother Nature and climate change are taking their place. Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives criticized lawmakers for opposing his nomination, arguing that the gun industry, "profits by gun violence itself."  


A new report details how Biden won 2 key states — and what Democrats can learn from it. There's an issue that may well wind up being more powerful to sway voters next November than any other: inflation. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who has been a strong critic of Trump, announced he is not running for reelection. Here's why that matters.

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Katie Couric reveals that her mother was Jewish in her new autobiography. With a new score and new ideas, ‘The Golem’ is a must for your Jewish Halloween. Out of the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, remnants of resistance emerge, thanks to advanced geoscientific tools.

The Last Word

"If you look at the history of the journey of this nation, what becomes clear is this: Given half a chance, the American people have never let this nation down.

So let’s get this done. “

— President Joe Biden


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