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Israel extradites alleged pedophile Malka Leifer • Ben Gurion Airport on lockdown • Remembering Larry King
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Israel extradites alleged pedophile Malka Leifer • Ben Gurion Airport on lockdown • Remembering Larry King

President Joe Biden leaves Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Jan. 24, 2021. His next stop was a Jewish-style deli where he picked up bagels. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden leaves Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Jan. 24, 2021. His next stop was a Jewish-style deli where he picked up bagels. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)


The Folio: A Jewish Week/UJA Cultural Series presents a virtual conversation with Nicole Krauss, author most recently of “To Be a Man,” her first collection of stories, and Eshkol Nevo, whose latest novel is “The Last Interview.” Moderated by award-winning author and editor Sandee Brawarsky. Register here. Today, noon.

Israeli authorities extradited alleged sex abuser Malka Leifer to Australia early Monday morning.

The former principal of a girl’s school in Melbourne was put on a flight in the middle the night, the Times of Israel confirmed, after a six-year legal process during which a court determined that she had feigned mental illness in order to avoid facing justice.

Leifer, 54, fled to Israel from Australia in 2008 amid allegations that she had sexually abused students as the principal at the Adass Yisroel school.

A summer camp run by a Brooklyn-based chasidic movement has released a song in honor of former president Donald Trump.

“We the children came here from the Munkatcher camp to so proudly say thanks to our President Trump now,” the boys sing as video shows them visiting sites in Washington.

The song includes a reference to Trump’s last-minute pardon of Sholam Weiss, a Brooklyn-born businessman sentenced to more than 800 years in prison in 2000 in a major insurance fraud scheme, and the earlier pardon of Sholom Rubashkin, the former meat processing plant owner whose 27-year prison sentence Trump commuted in December 2017.

Uploaded to YouTube the day the Trump presidency ended, the song is the latest example of the fervent support for Trump among many Orthodox Jews.

The Met Council on Jewish Poverty is urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to agree to another $25 million in emergency food pantry funding.

In a radio ad, Met Council, one of the largest food pantry networks in the city, says 1.6 million hungry New Yorkers “can’t wait any longer.”

Last May, the city, responding to calls from the City Council, authorized $25 million in emergency funding for food providers. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Met Council CEO David Greenfield and United Way of New York City President & CEO Sheena Wright are calling on the mayor to re-authorize the funding.

Larry King, the long-time CNN host who often recalled his roots as a poor kid from Brooklyn, died Saturday at age 87.

Born Lawrence Zeiger, King grew up in an apartment on the top floor of a two-family home in Bensonhurst, where he attended Lafayette High School.

King, whose most famous talk show aired on CNN from 1985-2010, was known for his genial interviews, a contrast with the adversarial style that propelled so many of his contemporaries to fame. Read his Jewish Week obit here.

Walter Bernstein, a Brooklyn-born screenwriter best known for his 1960s and ’70s dramas and for being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, has died at 101.

According to The New York Times. Bernstein called himself a “secular, self-loving Jew of a leftist persuasion” — a persuasion that got him labeled as a communist sympathizer in the 1950s.

Bernstein’s career rebounded in the late ’50s, and he went on to collaborate multiple times with fellow New York Jew Sidney Lumet. His most famous films include “Paris Blues,” a drama about jazz musicians starring Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman; “Fail Safe,” a Cold War thriller with Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau; and “The Front,” a comedy about the blacklist experience starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel.

Bernstein was involved in several projects into his 90s and was an adjunct professor at New York University until 2017.

Israel continues to far outpace the rest of the world in its Covid-19 vaccine rollout, announcing that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 are now eligible for the vaccine.

In all, Israel has vaccinated about 2.5 million out of its approximately 9 million citizens. At the same time, the country is in the midst of a strict third national lockdown due to a recent sharp spike in Covid cases.

Related: Israel imposed strict new airport rules on Sunday: Arrivals from abroad without a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours prior to their flight were subject to a stiff fine. From 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Ben Gurion Airport will be nearly completely shut amid fears over fast-spreading or vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants entering the country.

Dozens of charedi Orthodox passengers refused to wear face masks throughout a United Airlines flight from New York to Israel that landed last week.

The passengers ignoring repeated requests by fellow travelers and staff, Hebrew-language media reported Sunday.

The flight landed last Friday, when travelers were not obligated to be tested when flying in, though they were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, Times of Israel reports.

President Biden stopped off after his first Sunday mass as president to pick up bagels at a famed Washington deli. 

On the way back to the White House from Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the family motorcade stopped in the Georgetown neighborhood so that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, could get bagels from the Call Your Mother deli, Bloomberg reporter Jordan Fabian tweeted.

The Jewish-style deli is co-owned by Jeff Zients, a Jewish businessman who ran the National Economic Council under President Obama from 2014 to January 2017 and is now Biden’s Covid-19 czar, coordinating the administration’s plans to tackle the virus.

Hawaiian-Jewish surfing star Makua Rothman may have successfully ridden the largest recorded wave in the history of the sport, estimated to be at least 100 feet tall.

The 36-year-old posted video of the achievement from last Saturday on his YouTube page on Wednesday. Footage starts here around 23:00.

The final estimate of the wave’s height will be announced at the annual XXL surfing awards, which Rothman told a local news channel should occur in May.

Around the Agencies

Moshe (Mitchell) Silk of Brooklyn received the Alexander Hamilton Award from the United States Treasury Department for his service as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Markets and Development. Silk had a law practice in Manhattan before taking up his Treasury position in 2017. He is a founding member and chairman of the board of Agudath Israel of America Legal Support Services.

Repair the World NYC marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a weekend of volunteer activity throughout the city. Volunteers collected and assembled 5,944 kits for neighbors in need, saved and cared for 35 chickens in Brooklyn, cleaned 11 city spaces, distributed information about essential SNAP benefits, reached 96 isolated seniors through calls and cards and painted wall murals in two community centers. The initiative was funded in part by UJA Federation of NY.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The European Commission and European Jewish Congress mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27) with a conversation between Tomi Reichental, Holocaust survivor, and Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President, European Commission, moderated by Ariella Woitchik, Director of European Affairs, European Jewish Congress. Register here. Today, 10:00 am.

Park East Synagogue and the United Nations will host an International Holocaust Remembrance virtual service to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The livestream of the program will be available on YouTube and on the Park East Synagogue website. The program will include the participation of the diplomatic corps, students at Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School and music by Chief Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and the Park East Synagogue Choir, led by Russell Ger. Today, 7:00 pm.

Streaming Today

American Jewish University presents David Mikics, author of “Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker” (Jewish Lives), on the life of the filmmaker and how his Jewishness affected his idea of himself as an outsider. Register here. 3:00 pm.

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center hosts actor Bryan Cranston to discuss his new show, Showtime’s “Your Honor,” and the process of adapting the Israeli series for American television. Cranston will be joined by executive producers Peter Moffat, Liz Glotzer and Alon Aranya for a conversation moderated by SiriusXM’s Jessica Shaw. Register here. 6:30 pm.



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