Israel’s Acting Consul General in New York welcomed a meeting with Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who had criticized Israel for not doing more to distribute vaccines in Palestinian areas.
On Tuesday Bowman said he was “heartened” to learn that Israel is sending 5,000 coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian areas, and said he was seeking a meeting with Israel Nitzan to discuss the issue.
“Thank you @RepBowman for your sincere letter,” Nitzan tweeted back. “I believe the situation is more complex &I see it differently, but I appreciate the opportunity for an open conversation about your concerns. I look forward to a meaningful relationship based on mutual respect.”
The Democratic leadership will bring a motion to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican who traffics in extremist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, from committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The vote is scheduled for later today. It would be rare, if not unprecedented, for one party to successfully force the removal of an opposing party member from committees.
Background: In 2018 she blamed the Rothschild family for starting forest fires in California through the use of a space-borne beam. She has also endorsed calls on social media for the killing of leading Democrats.
Green’s embrace of the QAnon movement, which includes anti-Semitic themes, prompted a number of Jewish and pro-Israel groups to call for her removal.
Quotable: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement denouncing Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for inaction on Greene, noted that the Republican Jewish Coalition has called for action on the congresswoman.
Perspective: “Jewish space lasers” sound hilarious, but satire is a feeble weapon when conspiracy mongers like Greene go mainstream, writes Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of the Jewish Week.
New York City and Nassau County firefighters fought a large fire at a Long Island synagogue.
The fire at the building in Lawrence, known as the Beach Shul, was put under control around 2 a.m. Thursday but flare-ups continued, NBC New York reported. The structure was “terribly damaged.”
Two young men on the Upper West Side have launched an initiative to support local kosher restaurants struggling under stringent indoor-dining restrictions.
Jonah Rosen and Eli Nussbaum started “On Mondays We Eat Local,” encouraging a growing listserv of several hundred subscribers to order takeout on Mondays from eateries like Talia’s Steakhouse, Amsterdam Burger Bar and Deli Kasbah.
“When you save a restaurant, you’re not just saving a building,” Rosen, 27, told the Jewish Week. “We’re helping support families, jobs — it’s a way to genuinely help people.”
Sacha Baron Cohen picked up Golden Globe nominations for his roles in both Amazon Studios’s “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” and Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
“Unorthodox,” the hit Netflix drama based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir about a young woman leaving the haredi Orthodox world, is nominated for best limited series. The Israeli star of the show, Shira Haas, is also nominated for best actress in a limited series.
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The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America have issued guidance for the upcoming Purim holiday for synagogues and communities during the Covid pandemic. It includes guidelines for reading the Megillah with proper social distancing and isolation (when appropriate); limits on festive Purim meals, and safety protocols for delivering Mishloach Manos, the Purim gift baskets for friends and neighbors.
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust present a program exploring what distinguishes Jewish New York speech and its evolution over the last century. Featuring Dr. Michael Newman, professor of Linguistics at Queens College, City University of New York; Heather Quinlan, writer and filmmaker who directed the documentary “If These Knishes Could Talk”; Dr. Deborah Tannen, bestselling author and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University; and Dr. Elyse Graham, author of “You Talkin’ To Me?: The Unruly History of New York English.” Register here. 2:00 pm.
The Workers Circle presents Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, with guests Alyssa Quint and Eli Rosenblatt, discussing playwright Leyb Malach’s 1935 international hit “Mississippi,” along with other artistic Yiddish-language works exploring systemic racism through the lens of Yiddish culture. Information here. 7:00 pm.