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Israel buries victims of Meron tragedy • Riverdale suspect granted supervised release • Scott Stringer loses key supporters
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Israel buries victims of Meron tragedy • Riverdale suspect granted supervised release • Scott Stringer loses key supporters

Mirlana and Aryeh Morris of Bergenfield, N.J., mourn their son Donny, one of the 45 victims of a stampede at a Lag b'Omer celebration in northern Israel. Donny's funeral was held Sunday at his yeshiva in central Israel. (Livestream via Midabrim Communications)
Mirlana and Aryeh Morris of Bergenfield, N.J., mourn their son Donny, one of the 45 victims of a stampede at a Lag b'Omer celebration in northern Israel. Donny's funeral was held Sunday at his yeshiva in central Israel. (Livestream via Midabrim Communications)

 

Police arrested a 29-year-old Riverdale man in a series of rock-throwing attacks on four synagogues in the Bronx neighborhood.

Police said Jordan Burnette was the same person seen on surveillance video at the synagogues, where windows and door glass were smashed in a series of attacks over the weekend of April 24-25.

Burnette, who was caught early Saturday morning after apparently breaking into a storage shed at Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel, was charged Saturday with burglary as a hate crime. Burnette was granted supervised release by a Bronx Criminal Court judge.

Reaction: “We welcome the news of an arrest in the string of crimes against houses of worship in Riverdale, and are deeply grateful to the NYPD, the 50th Precinct and the Hate Crimes Task Force.” — Community Security Initiative

Mixed messages: Gary Rosenblatt reports on two different reactions to the vandalism: Outside politicians blamed the city’s leadership, and local Jewish leaders were grateful for the support they got from officials and law enforcement.

Among the 45 people killed in the crush of bodies at a Lag b’Omer celebration in northern Israel were five men and a boy from the New York area, including yeshiva students from northern New Jersey and Monsey, N.Y. 

A funeral for Nachman Doniel Morris of Bergenfield, N.J., was held Sunday at Shaalvim Yeshiva in central Israel, where he was studying for his gap year after graduating from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in Manhattan. “I have so many questions, but little to no answers,” said his mother, Mirlana Morris, speaking at his funeral. “But what I do know for sure, you were loved by so many… this pain is more than a mother can bear.”

Read about the other victims here. In all, six U.S. citizens and two permanent presidents died in the tragedy.

More coverage: Israel wants to know how the tragedy could have happened. Israel’s haredi Orthodox Jews lamented how “our dancing has turned into mourning.” Jewish day schools here struggled with mourning the dead on what should have been a joyous holiday. JTA explains how the site of the disaster, Mount Meron, became a pilgrimage site for Lag b’Omer.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer continues to loses key backers after a sexual assault allegation.

By Sunday, the only Jewish candidate in the race for NYC mayor lost the backing of prominent progressives, including State Senator Jessica Ramos, the Working Families Party, U.S. Rep Jamaal Bowman and City Council Member Mark Levine.

Stringer said he has no plans to drop out of the race, and denied the allegations.

Related: Businessman Andrew Yang is picking up endorsements from two prominent Jewish politicians, Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein and City Councilman Kalman Yeger.

Other races: Watch an interview with Ari Kagan, running in Brooklyn’s City Council District 47.

President Biden marked Jewish American Heritage Month by noting Chuck Schumer’s role as “the first [Jewish] Majority Leader of the United States Senate and the highest-ranking Jewish American elected official in our Nation’s history.”

Quotable: “Alongside this narrative of achievement and opportunity, there is also a history — far older than the Nation itself — of racism, bigotry, and other forms of injustice,” Biden said in the May 1 proclamation. “This includes the scourge of antisemitism. In recent years, Jewish Americans have increasingly been the target of white nationalism and the antisemitic violence it fuels.”

Streaming Today

Commonpoint Queens presents attorney and author Kenneth Stern, examining attempts from each side of the Israel/Palestine debate to censor the other, especially on college campuses. Stern is the director of the Center for the Study of Hate at Bard College. Cost is $8 member / $10 non-member. Visit commonpointqueens.org/register to register. Noon.

An Interfaith Youth NYC Mayoral Town Hall will feature Ray McGuire, Andrew Yang, Art Chang, Kathryn Garcia and others. Presented by SAR High School, The Interfaith Center of NY, the American Jewish Committee, Bishop Laughlin Memorial High School, St. Jean Baptiste High School, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and multiple other schools/organizations. Register and submit questions here. 7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, May 5 at 11:30 am, UJA-Federation and The Jewish Week present award-winning authors <>Roya Hakakian and Ruby Namdar in conversation about their experience immigrating to America, what they miss about their homelands, their literary lives and the Jewish ideal of welcoming the stranger. Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky. Register here.

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