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Shiryn Ghermezian is a staff writer for The Algemeiner and a native New Yorker. She has a BA in English from the City University of New York's Queens College. Follow Shiryn on Twitter @ShirynGhermez.

ARTICLES BY: Shiryn Ghermezian

January 17, 2019 1:19 pm

Jewish Soup Kitchen Offers Free Food to Unpaid Federal Employees at LaGuardia Airport as Government Shutdown Grinds On

Staff members and volunteers of a Jewish soup kitchen and food pantry handed out flyers for free food at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday to federal employees struggling...

January 16, 2019 3:34 pm

Musicians With Disabilities Return to Sing Simon and Garfunkel Track in Israel’s ‘Rising Star’ Competition

An Israeli band made up of musicians with disabilities touched the hearts of the judges, and made one of them cry, when they performed Tuesday night in...

January 14, 2019 11:08 am

British Jewish TV Presenter Rachel Riley Says Antisemitic Attacks Have Made Her Jewish Identity Stronger

Rachel Riley, co-host of the British television game show "Countdown," said last week that the antisemitic attacks she has been receiving on social media, for speaking...

January 9, 2019 11:36 am

British Jewish TV Presenter Curses Ex-MP George Galloway for Attacking Her Over Criticism of Labour Antisemitism

A British Jewish television presenter -- who has recently been vocal about Jew hatred within the UK's Labour party -- told anti-Zionist former MP George Galloway...

January 7, 2019 4:07 pm

Jewish Winners of 2019 Golden Globes Include Michael Douglas and DJ Mark Ronson, Among Others

Jewish actors, composers and songwriters were among the winners at the 2019 Golden Globes, which were held on Sunday night in Beverly Hills. At the awards ceremony,...

January 7, 2019 6:55 am

Former O.J. Simpson Lawyer Blames Holocaust Victims for ‘Suppressing’ Free Press

A lawyer who once represented notorious former football player O.J. Simpson implied in a recent interview that Jewish influence led the press to censor favorable coverage...

January 2, 2019 5:29 pm

Queens Jewish Couple Welcomes NYC Area’s First Baby of 2019

A Jewish couple from Queens are the parents of who is believed to be the New York City area's first baby of 2019, according to CBS2. Eli and Adina...

January 1, 2019 11:26 am

Pittsburgh Synagogue Celebrates ‘First Happy Occasion’ Since Deadly Mass Shooting

Congregants recently gathered for the "first happy occasion" at the Tree Of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh since the Oct. 27 massacre in which 11 worshipers were murdered...

December 31, 2018 3:07 pm

‘My Heart Is Broken’: Celebrities Mourn Death of Israeli Author Amos Oz

A number of leading celebrities have expressed their sorrow following the death of acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz on Friday at the age of 79 from cancer. Israeli-born...

December 27, 2018 1:14 pm

‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Visits Israel, Tours City of David in Jerusalem

Alex Trebek -- the longtime host of the hit television show "Jeopardy" -- was photographed touring the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem on Thursday. The photo was...

December 26, 2018 1:28 pm

Meek Mill Calls Rap Lyrics About Jews and Money a ‘Compliment’

Meek Mill tweeted on Monday that controversial rap lyrics about Jews were a compliment, rather than derogatory. The 31-year-old Philadelphia native said that rapping about Jews in connection with money...

December 23, 2018 2:07 pm

Ireland’s Former Eurovision Winner Says Boycotting ‘Isn’t Always the Answer’ Ahead of Upcoming 2019 Contest in Israel

A past Eurovision winner who hails from Ireland recently denounced calls to boycott the singing competition next year that is set to be hosted by Israel,...

December 21, 2018 2:19 pm

Former Miss Iraq Still Getting Death Threats, Including From Hamas, for Taking Picture With Miss Israel

Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan is still being targeted with death threats a year after the controversy that erupted at the 2017 beauty pageant when she...

December 20, 2018 1:58 pm

Conde Nast Traveler Names Israel One of Its ‘Most Incredible Travel Experiences’

The staff of Conde Nast Traveler included Israel as one of their 9 most memorable travel destinations in an article published on Wednesday. Beth Lusko -- head of revenue...


Meet the Two Most Optimistic People in the Entire Middle East

“You are sitting here, probably, with the two most optimistic people probably in the entire Middle East,” says Sami Saadi,...

Places to Visit in Israel If You Really Want to Learn Its History

Are you or a family member traveling to Israel in 2019? Are you looking for something more than the average...

In New Initiative, Yad Vashem Tackles 21st Century Antisemitism - It is American teachers like Lori Fulton who, with their commitment to Holocaust education, are poised to be...


Trump Missile Defense Review Calls North Korea ‘Extraordinary Threat&...

President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped US missile defense strategy on Thursday that called North Korea an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months...


Israeli Navy Rescues French Sailor Stranded in Mediterranean Sea

A French sailor stranded in the Mediterranean Sea was saved on Thursday night by the Israeli Navy, the IDF said. In a tweet on Friday, the Israeli military noted the sailor -- whose...

Middle East

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Calls for Syria’s Return to Arab Lea...

Lebanon's Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. "Syria should return to us ... Syria...