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50,000 Israelis visit UAE • Pro-Trump anti-Semites harass judges • Dartmouth menorah vandalized

Israelis celebrate Chanukah for the first time at a hotel in Dubai, Dec. 10, 2020. (Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)
Israelis celebrate Chanukah for the first time at a hotel in Dubai, Dec. 10, 2020. (Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)

Two Jewish Wisconsin judges faced anti-Semitic harassment after denouncing a Trump lawsuit challenging the election results.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Jill Karofsky and Rebecca Dallet received a torrent of misogynistic and anti-Semitic messages after they voted to reject an attempt by Trump’s lawyers to invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes in their state, JTA reports.

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi publication, published an article about the two judges on Sunday, calling them “an elite Jew sitting next to another Jew determining the course of our government.”

A public menorah at Dartmouth College was shot with a pellet gun, in the latest anti-Semitic incident during Chanukah.

At a Chabad menorah lighting in Kentucky, someone shouting anti-Semitic slurs from a car ran over a man’s leg. The website of a Long Island Jewish high school was hacked and defaced by neo-Nazis. A menorah was also vandalized in California.

Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo.

While the purpose of the building remains unclear, the site will be carefully watched as a sign of where Iran’s nuclear program is headed, reports the Associated Press, which obtained the satellite photos Friday.

Related: The U.N. atomic watchdog chief, Rafael Grossi, said there have been too many breaches for the Biden administration to simply re-enter the Iran nuclear deal without striking a new agreement. “Square one is no longer there,” Grossi told Reuters.

Over 50,000 Israelis have visited the United Arab Emirates since the recent normalization pact between Israel and the UAE.

The Washington Post reports that number is the result of only two weeks of open commercial flights between the countries.

Related: Jerusalem Post editor Yaakov Katz reports on his first visit to Dubai. “In the hotel lobbies, Emirati men speaking Arabic walked past Israeli children wearing kippot. Hebrew could be heard all over downtown.”

Join The Jewish Week on a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and find out more about its Jewish treasures.

Barbara Boehm, a senior curator at The Cloisters, discusses highlights from her upcoming YIVO course about Ashkenazi heritage at the Met. Objects like a 19th-century menorah from Lviv and an ornate Kiddush cup that once belonged to a court Jew are “part of the world’s great artistic heritage, for everyone to see.”

Deaths

Jack Steinberger, 99, a researcher who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in physics with two other Jewish colleagues for their discoveries about the neutrino, the world’s smallest subatomic particle, has died. Born in Germany, he arrived in New York in 1934 in a children’s transport arranged by Jewish charities. One of his key experiments was conducted in 1961-62 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.

Opinion

Why are synagogues and other houses of worship exempt from provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act? In a Jewish Week op-ed, Rabbi Dov Linzer writes that as a result of the exemption, “synagogues and other religious institutions, which should be leading the charge for inclusion, are in fact in the rear, trailing way behind the rest of us.”

Shabbat Shalom

Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognize him when they were reunited in Egypt. The profound lesson, writes Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, is how often we “fail to truly see someone because we think we already know who they are.”

More wisdom: “Excessive mourning and strict self-deprivation go against the ethos of appreciating and enjoying the life God has given,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe.

Around the Agencies

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research honored Daniel Grinberg and Joanna Lisek Wednesday with the Jan Karski and Pola Nireńska Award for the year 2019 and 2020, respectively. The award is for authors of published works documenting Polish-Jewish relations and Jewish contributions to Polish culture. Grinberg is a professor at the Faculty of History at the University of Białystok. Lisek is a literary scholar, translator, faculty member of the Tadeusz Taube Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław.

Streaming

New York Jewish Agenda presents Jewish Political Power in New York, bringing together Jewish leaders to explore what it means to be politically engaged as Jews today, with an eye towards the 2021 municipal elections. The event will feature State Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Stephen Levin, lobbyist Suri Kasirer, strategist Stu Loeser, and activist Ruth Messinger. The conversation will be moderated by Politico New York City Hall Bureau Chief Sally Goldenberg. Registration is free at this link. Today, 12:30 pm.

Yeshiva University sponsors “Being LGBTQ+ in an Orthodox World,” an online panel of four Yeshiva University undergraduate students and alumni. This event was inspired by the widely attended 2009 “Being Gay in an Orthodox World” panel. The organizers of this 2020 panel believe that providing a safe forum for current and former LGBTQ+ students to share their personal narratives is critical in understanding this vulnerable group within the broader YU and Modern Orthodox communities. Register here. Sunday, 7:00 pm.

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