Good morning, New York, and what a good morning it is: The first day since the governor lifted virtually all coronavirus restrictions on businesses and social gatherings.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke about the need to combat antisemitism in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.
- Quotable: “We’re all horrified by the anti-Semitic attacks in New York, around the country, and around the globe,” said Schumer, praising a bipartisan resolution condemning recent antisemitic incidents. “As Majority Leader — the first Jewish American to hold that honor — I will work with any and all of my colleagues to face down antisemitism and every other form of racial or religious discrimination.”
Hundreds joined a pro-Palestinian march Tuesday that stopped outside the Manhattan offices of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. See video here.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx/Westchester) condemned right-wing Jewish nationalists who marched through parts of Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday chanting “Death to Arabs.”
- What he said: “This is a genocidal chant,” Bowman tweeted. “Let’s call it what it is. I represent many within the Jewish community who disavow and condemn this hateful language. So why does only a small portion of our Congress?”
- Bowman was responding to a tweet from IfNotNow, a left-wing Jewish group.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx) welcomed the relaunch of the Latino Jewish Congressional Caucus at an American Jewish Committee event in Washington.
- Quotable: “In New York, our communities have often joined together to improve the neighborhoods in which we live, and it is this spirit of collaboration that makes me hopeful for growing coalitions on issues that affect each of us, from immigration to civil rights to education,” said Espaillat.
Mayoral candidates Andrew Yang and Eric Adams met separately with Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum of Kiryas Joel, whose Satmar Hasidic faction has endorsed Yang as its first choice. (h/t Jacob Kornbluh)
- Related: Two Modern Orthodox academics argue why the city shouldn’t regulate secular education at yeshivas, a major issue for haredi voters.
- OTOH: YAFFED, a nonprofit organization focused on improving secular studies at haredi Orthodox yeshivas, is holding a rally calling on NYC mayoral candidates to ensure that “all students receive the quality education they are entitled to by law.” Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., today, 10:00 am.
Hillary Clinton endorsed Tali Farhadian Weinstein for Manhattan district attorney, the New York Daily News reports.
Assemblymember David Weprin, a candidate for City Comptroller, has been endorsed by a group of Queens rabbis and Jewish community leaders, VIN reports.
The Forward and New York Jewish Agenda asked New York City Council candidates if they would travel to Israel and oppose the Israel boycott, and for their views on Holocaust education.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite bagel!
- The Jewish Week’s Bagel Ballot is a demonstration of ranked choice voting. We’ll have the results — and a primer on the new voting method — tomorrow.
After balloons filled with incendiary material were sent from Gaza into the Israeli countryside, Israel’s military launched a fresh offensive of airstrikes on Hamas targets on Wednesday.
President Biden nominated Tom Nides, a deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, to be his ambassador to Israel. The Minnesotan is Jewish.
Jack B. Weinstein, a federal judge who heard landmark class action suits against major manufacturers and more often than not came down on the side of the little guy, died Tuesday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. He was 99. Raised in Brooklyn and proudly activist, he sat on the bench in Federal District Court in Brooklyn from 1967 until he retired last year at age 98. He challenged harsh sentencing for drug offenses and legal doctrines that protect police from being sued.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
The pandemic inspired rabbis to try new experiments in reaching Jewish seekers who won’t set foot in a synagogue. Keep it up, says Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, executive director of the Center for Rabbinic Innovation.
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Repair the World, a community service and social justice organization based in New York, will receive a slice of the latest $2.74 billion in grants handed out by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
- Repair the World said the $7 million “unrestricted” gift from Scott will help get more young people involved in community service and advocacy on humanitarian and civic issues.
The Workers Circle launched registration for its virtual, summer semester of 35 Yiddish classes.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s annual meeting will feature a keynote speech by NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea. Register here. 5:30 pm.
Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor presents an interactive event, in person and online, explaining how New York’s new surrogacy law, the Child-Parent Security Act, can help you grow your family. Moderated by Amy Klein, author of “The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind.” Register here. 6:00 pm.