NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Boycotters are targeting Israeli ships docking at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
- “#BlocktheBoat NY/NJ” protesters picketed Sunday at the Maher terminal in Elizabeth, N.J. to protest the unloading of a container ship owned by Israel’s ZIM shipping firm.
- The group will try again on Wednesday, picketing at the ZIM America offices in Staten Island.
- Background: Anti-Israel protesters claimed victory in preventing a ZIM container ship from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland, California on Friday. Dock workers refused to cross the protest line.
Jews in Sunnyside, Queens are upset after a pro-Palestinian message appeared on the marquee of a vacant movie house.
- The owner said he had no knowledge of the message, which reads “From the River to the Sea,” and will have it removed. The message has been on the sign on Queens Boulevard since a pro-Palestinian rally there on May 22.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attended the opening of a museum exhibit in Mateszalka, Hungary dedicated to the life and career of her father, actor Tony Curtis.
- Her late father’s parents immigrated from Mateszalka to New York, where Tony Curtis was born in 1925. Jamie Lee said she will help raise funds to restore the dilapidated synagogue building “that my family worshiped in so long ago.”
Warning: Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak is not kosher.
- Photos of the pork product, bearing the Orthodox Union’s famous kosher certification symbol, circulated on social media over the weekend. The OU said Monday that a Schenectady brand, PICS by Price Chopper, used an “unauthorized” version of the stamp.
- Fun and probably meaningless fact: The Golub Corporation, which owns Price Chopper, was started by a Russian Jewish family that opened its first store in 1900.
Before “Hamilton,” there was “In The Heights.”
- Steve North looks at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new movie musical about Washington Heights, and remembers the German Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors who built new lives in the neighborhood.
The Jewish Museum is part of the 43rd annual Museum Mile Festival, today from from 9 am to 9 pm. Eight museums will present virtual exhibition tours, online activities for all ages, and more. Join the fun on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Two New Yorkers are among the winners of the 2021 Covenant Award, Jewish education’s most prestigious honor:
- Helene Drobenare-Horwitz, executive director of Young Judaea Sprout Camps, “has strived to renew and revitalize camp culture by inspiring campers and staff members toward acts of chesed and tikkun olam” and created “a culture that accepts and celebrates all Jewish children.”
- Judith Turner, DOROT’s senior program officer for Volunteer Services and Intergenerational Program Engagement, was cited for her work “bringing generations together in active Jewish learning and engagement.”
- Recipients will each receive $36,000 and each of their institutions will receive $5,000.
The Jewish National Fund-USA honors three New York professionals at its virtual gala tonight:
- Deborah Riegel, a partner in Rosenberg & Estis, P.c., for her community involvement, professional leadership and humanitarian service;
- Michelle Bernstein, president of Miter Construction, for community involvement and service by those under the age of 40;
- Paramedic Ari Rubinstein, JNFuture New York board member. who is receiving an award honoring frontline medical workers and first responders.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
YIVO presents a streaming performance of Joel Engel’s “Jewish Folksongs Volume III” (c. 1920): 10 Jewish folksongs, dances and Hasidic nigunim in virtuosic piano arrangements performed by pianist Thomas Kotcheff. Register here. 1:00 pm.
Join Menachem Z. Rosensaft, a leading voice among children of Holocaust survivors, and Ellen Bachner Greenberg, founder of Descendants of Holocaust Survivors (2G Greater New York), for a conversation about Rosensaft’s life and legacy. Register here for this Museum of Jewish Heritage and 2G Greater New York program. 7:00 pm.