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Amar’e Stoudemire won’t work on Shabbat • Another setback for Sheldon Silver • Everything Bagel ice cream is a thing

PLAYING WITH FIRE: Police clash with charedi Orthodox Jews during a protest against the police enforcement of lockdown orders due to the coronavirus, in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, Jan. 24, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
PLAYING WITH FIRE: Police clash with charedi Orthodox Jews during a protest against the police enforcement of lockdown orders due to the coronavirus, in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, Jan. 24, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Nearly all of the members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are adopting a common, but hotly debated, definition of anti-Semitism.

Why it matters: The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism describes when anti-Israel activity turns into anti-Semitism. Its detractors, however, say that the examples can have the effect of branding legitimate criticism of Israeli policy as anti-Semitic.

The two members of the conference that did not adopt the definition, Americans for Peace Now and the Workers Circle, are both progressive groups.

Yes, but: The Reform movement endorses the definition but opposes its codification in law, and cautions that the IHRA definition’s examples could divert attention from the threat of far-right anti-Semitism.

The Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal by Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful N.Y. State Assembly speaker serving time on federal corruption charges.

The court gave no reasons for turning down the case, the Times reports. Silver’s lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn’t proved that money Silver received from real estate interests was intended to influence particular official actions.

Staffers at Politico complained to their publisher after an editor allowed conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro to guest-edit its signature Playbook newsletter. 

The Daily Beast reported that over 100 staffers wrote that they were demoralized by the decision to hand the keys over to a right-wing pundit who has been accused of bigotry.

The Brooklyn Nets are granting Shabbat off to Amar’e Stoudemire, the former NBA player now serving as the team’s player development assistant.

New York Times reporter Marc Stein confirmed the team’s decision. The NBA All-Star, who became interested in religious Judaism and his African Hebrew roots, converted to Judaism last August. 

In tonight’s episode of “Finding Your Roots,” journalist Nina Totenberg learns abut her grandmother’s dramatic escape from Hitler’s Europe.

Totenberg, a longtime NPR correspondent and graduate of Scarsdale High School, is the daughter of famed violinist Roman Totenberg. The episode of the celebrity genealogy show describes how the Polish-born Roman tried to help his family members escape Europe.

Ben Gurion Airport has been closed to virtually all traffic in both directions to control Covid-19.

The airport will remain closed for one week, the government announced Sunday.

Even new immigrants will have to wait until the shutdown ends to travel to the country.

The New York Times has a new Jerusalem bureau chief.

Patrick Kingsley takes over from David Halbfinger, who reflects here on his three-and-a-half years on the job. Mostly recently based in Berlin, Kingsley “recently discovered that he has several long-lost relatives in Israel, via a mutual ancestor in Lithuania.”

An Ohio-based ice cream company is rolling out an Everything Bagel flavor.

Jeni’s Ice Cream describes the new flavor as “Buttery streusel laden with sesame, poppy seeds — and yes, onions and garlic — woven throughout subtly sweet cream cheese ice cream.”

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

National Library of Israel, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), hosts Irena Steinfeldt, the former director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem, in an online talk about rescue during the Holocaust and how it is remembered, with stories from the files of Yad Vashem. Tune in via Zoom, or register for this online event, free of charge, by clicking here. Today, 1:30 pm.

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