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Bullet fired at Brooklyn synagogue • Adams leads in mayoral primary • Israel names new consul general for New York
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Bullet fired at Brooklyn synagogue • Adams leads in mayoral primary • Israel names new consul general for New York

A bullet was fired at Khal Zichron Mordechai synagogue in the East Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, June 19, 2021. (Screenshot from Google)
A bullet was fired at Khal Zichron Mordechai synagogue in the East Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, June 19, 2021. (Screenshot from Google)


Good morning, New York! The primaries were held yesterday, but under the new ranked choice voting system and with absentee ballots not counted, we may not know the final results until nearly mid-July.


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appeared to lead the Democratic primary for mayor by a significant margin, and his rival Andrew Yang conceded.

  • Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, a favorite of Jewish progressives, and former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia (the New York Times endorsee) are second and third.
  • City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the only Jew in the race and once one of the favorites, got only 5.1% of first-place votes. Sexual misconduct allegations derailed his campaign.
  • Adams, a former New York City police captain, established a strong rapport with his Hasidic constituents and pushed a law-and-order agenda that appealed to many Jews in light of a spike in antisemitism and gun violence. He recently mused that he might retire to the Golan Heights.


City comptroller: Brooklyn City Council Member Brad Lander had a strong lead over Council Speaker Corey Johnson, with 96% of precincts reporting.

Manhattan district attorney: Law professor Alvin Bragg held a 7,000-vote lead over Brooklyn prosecutor Tali Farhadian Weinstein, with 24,000 absentee ballots to be counted.

  • Bragg, a former top deputy in the New York attorney general’s office, would become the borough’s first Black D.A.
  • Farhadian Weinstein, a Jewish immigrant from Iran, had a huge war chest thanks to Wall Street interests and her own fortune; Bragg ran “slightly to her political left” with an emphasis on decarceration and declining to prosecute some low-level offenses.

Manhattan Borough president: City Council Member Mark Levine — credited with helping to revitalize the council’s Jewish caucus — led the race with 28.7%, but the race was too close to call.

City Council, District 6 on the Upper West Side: Gale Brewer, the term-limited Manhattan Borough president, leads with almost 54% of the vote. Here’s where she stands on Jewish issues.

City Council, District 48 in Brooklyn: Steven Saperstein, who had run for the seat once before as a Republican, is leading the race with 31.15%.

  • Mariyah Markh, a former aide to three City Council members, is not far behind him with 28.46%, followed by Amber Adler (17.80%) and Binyomin Bendet (16.92%).
  • With only 4.98%, Heshy Tischler, the radio host prosecuted for whipping up Orthodox anti-mask protests last fall, appears to have little chance of proceeding.

City Council, District 29 in Queens: Attorney Lynn Schulman has the early lead.

Republican mayoral primary: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa won, but his chances to win in November are slim in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 7 to 1.


The NYPD is investigating the firing of a bullet into an empty synagogue in Brooklyn on Shabbat.

  • No one was hurt in the incident Saturday afternoon at Khal Zichron Mordechai in the East Midwood neighborhood, the New York Post reported. The Orthodox synagogue was closed at the time.

Asaf Zamir has been tapped as Israel’s next consul general in New York.

  • The former tourism minister resigned from the previous government last October, having lost confidence in then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Times of Israel.
  • He’ll fill a post left vacant since Dani Dayan finished his five-year term almost a year ago. Israel Nitzan has served as acting consul general in the interim.
  • Why it matters: The consulate coordinates relationships with politicians and national and local organizations in a region that includes the diaspora’s largest Jewish community.
  • Zamir, who lived in Florida as child, gave up his U.S. citizenship upon entering politics. He served as deputy mayor of Tel Aviv from 2008 to 2018 and joined the centrist Blue and White Party in 2019. He’s married to the Israeli actress Maya Wertheimer.
  • Quotable: “Strengthening Israel’s position, the bipartisan relations and ties with the Jewish communities in the United States are important and complex challenges that have been brought to the forefront of the new government and I am happy and motivated to try and contribute to addressing them,” Zamir said in a statement.


Brooklyn-born city planner Sylvia Deutsch died at 96. As chairwoman of NYC’s Planning Commission and its Board of Standards and Appeals, she championed affordable housing and pushed for the revitalization of Times Square. From 1970 to 1981, she worked for the American Jewish Congress, becoming its national director of field operations and membership.

Gotham Gazette remembers Herb Sturz, the founder of the modern bail reform movement, Deputy Mayor and City Planning Commissioner under Ed Koch and philanthropist. He died June 10.


Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of Park Avenue Synagogue has three takeaways from the pandemic that just might makes us a bit wiser, a bit stronger and changed for the better.


The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York pays tribute to its outgoing executive vice president and CEO, Michael S. Miller, at its 2021 Virtual Gala, tonight, 7:00 pm. Miller is stepping down after 36 years on the job; Gideon Taylor, currently the lay president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, will succeed him on July 1.

Deborah S. Isaac of New Rochelle was elected president of The American Zionist Movement (AZM). She becomes the first woman to serve as president of the federation of 39 Zionist organizations. A former corporate reorganization and real estate attorney in private practice, she is a past national president and longtime leader in AMIT, and a delegate of the Orthodox Israel Coalition/Mizrachi slate to three World Zionist Congresses.


Historian Jonathan Ned Katz discusses “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,” his biography of the young immigrant who ran lesbian- and gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Jailed as radical, she was deported back to Nazi Europe. Register here for this Center for Jewish History event. 4:00 pm.

American Friends of Rabin Medical Center presents NYC Bounces Back, featuring Scott Rechler (RXR Realty), Kathryn Wylde (Partnership for New York City), Ben Brantley (The New York Times), and Sheena Wright (United Way NYC). Moderated by Robert Siegel, former senior host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Register here. 4:00 pm.

Join Jewish National Fund-USA IsraelCast host Steven Shalowitz and author Noa Tishby for a live Q&A session about her book, “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.” Register here. 7:00 pm.

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