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Arizona picks NY Orthodox baseball prodigy • 36 young people making a difference • Israeli rescue team leaves Florida
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Arizona picks NY Orthodox baseball prodigy • 36 young people making a difference • Israeli rescue team leaves Florida


36 UNDER 36

Read our annual list of young people who make New York — and its many Jewish communities — better, stronger and more diverse.

  • This year’s 36 Under 36 – remarkably, the second compiled under the shadow of COVID-19 – is a collective rebuke to cynics who say the Jewish community is in decline, or that there are no new ideas under the sun.
  • In addition to describing their major accomplishments in philanthropy, the arts, religion, inclusion, education and social action, we asked the honorees to share a fun fact about themselves. Match the quote with the speaker:
  1. “I collect high-quality artisanal pencils.”
  2. “I’ve been riding motorcycles since 2014 and have owned two Hondas and a Harley-Davidson.”
  3. “I played the bagpipes in college.”
  4. “I speak Swahili fluently.”
  5. “I used to practice Krav Maga fairly intensely. I also hug quite well. So some might call me a lover AND a fighter.”
  6. “My feet are quite dexterous. I pick things up with them as easily as I do with my hands.”
  7. “I have a day named after me in my hometown because I saved a classmate who was choking on a bagel using the Heimlich.”

A/ Rabbi Emily Cohen, West End Synagogue; B/ Merav Fine Braun, Executive Director of Hunter College Hillel; C/ Rachel Figurasmith, Pandemic Rapid Responder; D/ Jeremy Novich, Vaccine Accessibility Maven; E/ Dubbs Weinblatt, LGBTQ Community Builder; F/ Mordechai Lightstone, founding director, Tech Tribe; G/ Dammara Rose Kovnats Hall, Diversity Curriculum Developer


Woodmere, L.I. pitcher Jacob Steinmetz, 17, became the first known observant Orthodox player to be picked in the Major League Baseball draft.

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks picked Steinmetz 77th overall in the third round Monday, far earlier than expected.
  • To avoid using transportation on Shabbat, Steinmetz stays in hotels within walking distance of the ballpark, the New York Post reported.
  • Yichus: His father Elliot played basketball at Yeshiva University and is now the school’s basketball coach.

A Connecticut rabbi called it a “scandal” that Flatbush native and labor leader Marvin Miller will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Rosh Hashanah.

  • The induction ceremony was switched from July to Sept. 8 due to COVID-19. “Baseball had plenty of dates from which to choose but opted for one of the three most consecrated days of the Jewish year for this sacred enshrinement,” Rabbi Joshua Hammerman wrote in a column for Religion News Service.
  • Miller, who died in 2012 at 95, transformed the major leagues as head of the players’ union, changing the power balance between player and owner.


In May, an 11-year-old student in Tenafly, New Jersey wrote an essay appearing to identify with Hitler; after a probe, the school principal will be reinstated and a teacher who assigned the project will resign, reports. 

Israel has begun inviting immunocompromised adults to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, due to the spread of the Delta variant.

The Israeli military team that assisted in the search and rescue operation at the collapsed building in Surfside, Florida left on Saturday to a hero’s fanfare.

AIPAC cancelled its live policy conference in 2022 for the second year in a row, citing pandemic concerns.


The Jewish Week’s editor in chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, explains why he loves reading sad books: “My Jewish upbringing explains my tolerance for grim stories and unredemptive endings. Happy endings and moments of grace have their place, but I don’t trust them.”


Those seeking to ban “Critical Race Theory” from schools are “borrowing a page from authoritarian governments like Vladimir Putin’s Russia in a clumsy effort to avoid discussing the messy, controversial and painful moments in America’s history,” writes historian Henry Abramson, dean of Touro College in Brooklyn.

  • More on CRT: Read how efforts to bar lessons on “systemic” racism complicated an effort to teach the Holocaust in Louisiana schools. From our partners at JTA.


Dr. Nora Gold, the founder and editor in chief of the online literary journal Jewish Fiction .net, will discuss 16 stories in 16 languages found in the journal and relate these to some of the central themes in Jewish fiction. Register for this National Library of Israel event here. 1:00 pm.

David G. Marwell, former director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, discusses his definitive new biography of perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele. Register here. 2:00 pm.


  1. F; 2. G; 3. A; 4. C; 5. D; 6. B; 7. E
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