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Brick thrown at kosher pizzeria • Biden condemns antisemitic attacks • Kosher turf war in Long Island

OPENING UP: Israelis gather near the beach in Tel Aviv, May 18, 2021. Israel announced it will end its coronavirus restrictions on businesses and allow small groups of foreign tourists to visit within weeks in the wake of the world’s quickest vaccination program. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
OPENING UP: Israelis gather near the beach in Tel Aviv, May 18, 2021. Israel announced it will end its coronavirus restrictions on businesses and allow small groups of foreign tourists to visit within weeks in the wake of the world’s quickest vaccination program. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

 

A brick was thrown through the window of Saba’s, a kosher pizza shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as the city faces a new wave of antisemitic incidents. A worker at the restaurant confirmed the incident Monday afternoon.

A rabbi said he was threatened on his way to work in the Garment District Friday. Rabbi Mendy Steiner told reporters yesterday that a man pulled out an Israeli flag and said he would kill the rabbi for “killing my innocent children.”

Jewish leaders met with White House officials Monday afternoon to discuss a spike in antisemitic violence and welcomed President Biden’s tweet Monday morning denouncing the series of attacks in New York and elsewhere.

Quotable: “We’re incredibly grateful that the president is using his bully pulpit and we hope he will continue to do so,” said Janice Weinman, CEO of Hadassah, one of the groups invited to join the meeting.

A Brooklyn middle school principal apologized to staff for urging them to demand government sanctions against Israel. Follower a tweet from Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter chiding her for bringing “political activities or beliefs into the classroom,” MS 136 Principal Amanda Bueno wrote an email apologizing for “not being as inclusive and mindful of other perspectives as I could have been,” the New York Post reports.

A lawsuit accuses Long Island rabbis of retaliating against businesses that do not accept their kosher certification process.

A Cedarhurst eatery, Chimichurri Charcoal Chicken, says the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway “ordered observant residents to stop eating at the chicken joint last year after it started using a competing certification service,” the New York Post reports. The Vaad’s lawyer, Frank Snitow, told The Post the lawsuit “is entirely without merit.”

Russ & Daughters, the famed New York appetizing store, is accusing a Jewish delicatessen in New Jersey of “copying our iconic design and messaging.” New York magazine reports on the mishegoss.

NY1 profiles the Jewish volunteers who “guard” the bodies stored by the city at the 39th Street Pier in Brooklyn and awaiting burial. Led by Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, a member of the Park Slope Jewish Center, the vigil is meant to comfort the souls of the dead, in what Jewish tradition calls shemira, or “guarding.”

A New York public relations executive donated a Torah to a Chabad synagogue in the Russian village of Malakhovka. Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar led a ceremony earlier this month welcoming the gift from Josh Nass, CEO of Dignified PR, ColLive reports.

The New Yorker profiles journalist Peter Beinart, “the most influential liberal Zionist of his generation,” who now embraces the one-state solution and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Beinart talks about the pushback he gets in his Orthodox community on the Upper West Side.

Opinion

Jewish students are being marginalized in liberal circles for their presumed support for Israel, while young Jewish adults are less emotionally attached to Israel than older ones, writes Gary Rosenblatt. Reporting on The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program for high schoolers, Rosenblatt notes that “advocacy” programs need to capture the complexity of the conflict and of students’ lives to be effective.

People and Places

Join the New York Jewish Agenda and the Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform tonight for a conversation with the candidates vying for Manhattan District Attorney. They’ll discuss hate crimes, public safety, systemic racism and alternatives to incarceration. Moderated by Udi Ofer. Register here. 7:00 pm.

Yaffed, an organization that advocates for improved secular education in Orthodox yeshivas, rolled out a scholarship program this week to aid yeshiva graduates attending college. A total of 10 scholarships of up to $2,000 will be awarded. The organization also plans scholarships for students seeking tutoring in English, math and science to supplement yeshiva curricula.

Jewish Democratic Council of America launches its New York Chapter tomorrow, 6:00 pm with a virtual event with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Matchmaker

Nick Hakimi and Lital Hirsch met at an Israel fair in Great Neck. Read how the pair came together after a few false starts.

Streaming Today

Join Encounter for a webinar with Tareq Baconi, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group on Israel/Palestine and the author of “Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance.” The session will explore the dynamics that led to the current crisis, how Hamas’s role and influence is shifting in relation to both Israel and Palestinians across the region, and where things might go from here. Register here. 11:00 am.

Kulanu presents a look into Majorca’s Chuetas community, including their history, beliefs, and traditions as returned and converted Jews. Register here. 1:00 p.m.

Partners for Progressive Israel presents Mossi Raz, a member of Knesset for the Meretz party, in conversation with journalist J.J. Goldberg. The two will discuss the recent major developments in the Middle East – the latest round of warfare between Israel and Hamas, the implications of the latest ceasefire, and the ugly inter-ethnic violence perpetrated by mobs of Jewish and Arab citizens. Register here. 1:00 pm.

Israel Policy Forum presents “Israel/Gaza/US/Middle East: Looking Ahead,” a briefing with Ilan Goldenberg, director, Center for a New American Security Middle East Security Program and an Israel Policy Forum policy advisor. To register, click here. 2:00 pm.

Dr. Leah Garrett’s new book “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II”, describes Winston Churchill’s plan for a commando unit made up of Jewish refugees in the United Kingdom. Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a book launch program with Garrett and journalist Kim Masters, whose father Peter Masters was a member of the X Troop. Register here. 2:00 pm.

Village Preservation celebrates 100 years since sculptor and educator Chaim Gross came to New York City. Sasha Davis, executive director of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation will discuss his work, legacy and the historic home at 526 LaGuardia Place where the Gross family resided beginning in 1963. Register here. 6:00 pm.

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