Good morning, New York! It’s a new day in Israel. Get used to saying “Prime Minister Bennett.”
After 12 years, seven elections and three corruption charges, Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer the prime minister of Israel.
- The new government is headed by Naftali Bennett, a right-wing former deputy of Netanyahu. The son of American immigrants, he lived for a time in New York City.
- It is the first government in Israeli history to include an independent Arab-Israeli party. It includes parties that are both staunchly right-wing and staunchly left-wing, in addition to two centrist parties.
- During Sunday’s heated Knesset debate, Netanyahu promised: “We’ll be back.”
- What it all means: “The 36th government’s swearing-in signifies a changing of the guard. Though Netanyahu is likely to stick around, the new government will mark a major step in drawing to a close the era of a 71-year-old prime minister, born one year after the establishment of the state, while pushing Israel’s younger high-tech and media-savvy generation into power.” — Tal Schneider, Times of Israel
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams visited the gravesite of the late Lubavitcher rebbe Sunday.
- Earlier in the week, Adams was endorsed by a number of Hasidic activists in Crown Heights.
- Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s death on the Hebrew calendar.
- Read the latest on the competition for Orthodox votes between Adams and Andrew Yang, per Jewish Insider.
The Daily News warned voters not to vote for the “loathsome” Heshy Tischler, a Brooklyn Orthodox activist and City Council candidate who led a violent demonstration against pandemic restrictions.
- In an editorial on Saturday, the newspaper singled out three City Council candidates it considered “rotten apples.”
- Read about the council race in south Brooklyn’s District 48, a heavily Jewish area where Tischler is among several candidates vying for votes.
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Another shoe fell in East Ramapo, where the NAACP and others had successfully argued that a school board dominated by Orthodox Jewish members discriminated against Black and brown residents.
- The New York state legislature adopted legislation Thursday that would allow monitors to veto or overturn the school board should there be a violation of the Rockland County district’s academic and fiscal improvement plan, Gothamist reported.
The NYPD released video of three men on motorcycles who robbed and harassed a young Jewish man in Williamsburg before yanking off his yarmulke. The incident took place on June 2.
Rampant misinformation is dissuading young haredi Orthodox women in New York City from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The vaccine-hesitant cite “unsubstantiated rumors about the coronavirus vaccine’s potential adverse effects on fertility and pregnancy,” The New York Times reports.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s chaplaincy service, founded by a rabbi, is helping transit workers process the loss of their colleagues, family and friends in the pandemic.
- The coronavirus has so far killed more than 160 transit employees.
- Quotable: “My goal was to make everybody feel like a family, regardless of what level or position you were in. No issue was off the table – you could say anything that was on your mind,” Rabbi Harry Berkowitz, who founded the program in 1985, told Christian Science Monitor.
Jon Stewart will be a guest tonight on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — the first taping of the late night program in front of a full audience at Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater in 15 months.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING
The Biden Administration promised to name a White House Jewish liaison after representatives of the major Jewish denominations, public policy groups and an influential Jewish women’s organization were left out of a briefing for Jewish leaders on the Middle East.
An array of Jewish groups called on Biden and Democrats in Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants.
Saul B. Cohen, a geographer who served as president of Queens College from 1978 to 1985, died at age 95. Cohen specialized in the economic and political geography of the Middle East and was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University. After leaving Queens College, he was a professor of geography at Hunter College, and was elected to the New York State Board of Regents.
Herb Sturz, whose extensive career included promoting bail reform, serving as a top deputy to Mayor Ed Koch in the 1970s, fighting stop-and-frisk and helping transform Times Square into a thriving tourist destination, died Thursday at age 90. Sturz was a founder of the Vera Institute of Justice and advocated for closing Rikers Island.
CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust presents “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,” a Zoom webinar about the Polish-Jewish lesbian activist whose association with anarchists caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover, leading to her surveillance, arrest and ultimate deportation back to Poland, where she was murdered by the Nazis. 6:00 pm.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Join Dr. Benjamin Sommer to read narratives from Genesis and Exodus that present a tangled-up view of journeys in the Torah, and how these stories force us to wonder what is home and what is exile. Register for the Jewish Theological Seminary streaming event here. 2:00 pm.