Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Troubling trend

Religion | The rise in American anti-Semitism has varying roots, and many Jews feel afraid in places they haven’t feared before
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/30/20, 12:51 pm

On a Saturday in January, just north of New York City, members of the Lincoln Park Jewish Center had a prayer service followed by lunch. They filled paper plates with egg salad, pasta, gefilte fish, rolls, and fruit, so no one would have to wash dishes on Shabbat, the Sabbath. Nothing unusual in that for a “modern Orthodox” synagogue whose members try to observe Jewish law while still participating in American culture. 

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Darkness and light

Persecution | A snippet from a strained Shabbat in an Orthodox congregation in New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/22/20, 02:31 pm

A New York moment: 

While working on an article about rising anti-Semitism in New York, I visited an Orthodox synagogue just north of the city called Lincoln Park Jewish Center. Detectives from the local police station had attended the service the week before to show police support amid fears of violence. The atmosphere this Shabbat was strained but still warm. The congregation sang a song that concluded, “God is with me, I shall not fear.” 

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Reforming reforms

Criminal Justice | Did New York’s criminal justice reforms go too far?
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/08/20, 04:36 pm

A New York moment: 

On Jan. 1, bail reform went into effect in New York, prohibiting judges from setting cash bail in about 90 percent of cases. Before, New York’s bail system was a mess. In 2018, I wrote about it, spending a day trying to post bail for someone at a far flung city jail. The national push for this particular criminal justice reform has been bipartisan, focused on how cash bail singles out the poor for pretrial detention. 

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