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Jerry Nadler noshes Zabar’s at impeachment • Nancy Pelosi quotes Israeli poet • ‘Camp Auschwitz’ guy arrested
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Jerry Nadler noshes Zabar’s at impeachment • Nancy Pelosi quotes Israeli poet • ‘Camp Auschwitz’ guy arrested

Lloyd Wolf, a freelance photographer based in the Washington, D.C., area, took some of the most compelling photographs of the Jan. 6 "Save Our Country" rally at the Capitol, including this one. (Lloyd Wolf, via JTA)
Lloyd Wolf, a freelance photographer based in the Washington, D.C., area, took some of the most compelling photographs of the Jan. 6 "Save Our Country" rally at the Capitol, including this one. (Lloyd Wolf, via JTA)


Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) brought some comfort food from Zabar’s to yesterday’s historic House impeachment proceedings.

Amidst the solemn proceedings impeaching President Trump for the second time, C-SPAN caught Nadler carrying a bag from the famed New York grocery and appetizing store located in his Upper West Side congressional district. In response to reporters who asked what was in the bag, Nadler spokesman Julian Gerson replied, “A babka and the constitution, what else?”

Nadler is one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nine chosen managers for the impeachment process, along with fellow Jewish Reps. David Cicilline, Jamie Raskin and Adam Schiff.

Related: Urging Vice President Pence to remove Trump from power, Pelosi quoted “I Have No Other Country,” an iconic song lyric by Israeli poet Ehud Manor. “‘I can’t keep silent of how my country has changed her face,’” Pelosi said, quoting Manor. “I urge my Republican colleagues to open their eyes and to finally hold this president accountable.” Yanir Cozin, an Israeli journalist, spotted the quote in Pelosi’s speech Wednesday morning.

A man seen wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” T-shirt during the Capitol insurrection was arrested Wednesday.

Federal authorities took Robert Keith Packer, 56, into custody in Newport News, a city on Virginia’s central coast. Authorities throughout the country are seeking to arrest dozens of people identified on video and in photos of the riot last week.

Packer’s shirt also said “Work Brings Freedom,” a rough translation of the phrase that greeted Jewish prisoners arriving at the Nazi death camp. The back said “Staff.”

Related: Meet the Jewish photographer who took some of the most compelling photographs of the mayhem at the Capitol.

An advocate for a chasidic man under house arrest in Brooklyn said his lack of an adequate secular education led him to turn to crime.

Zalman Zirkind of Montreal is due to be sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in New York after pleading guilty to laundering drug money. Among 24 letters submitted in defense of his character is one from a family friend — a math professor at Concordia University in Montreal — saying Zirkind is a “victim of an education system” that led to his “financial and legal woes.”

The letter boosts the case made by advocates who say yeshivas should offer an education “substantially equivalent” to that offered in public schools.

Students, parents, and teachers from the Battery Park City School (PS-IS 276) will hold a solidarity vigil today in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan.

The vigil, at 4:00 pm, marks nearly a week since a Confederate flag was found tied to the door of the museum — steps away from a train car which once transported Jews to the Auschwitz death camp.


During the past year, New York’s Jewish community needed help in the fight against anti-Semitism and Covid-19. In a Jewish Week essay, two top Jewish leaders, Michael Miller and Eric Goldstein, described how Sen. Chuck Schumer helped mobilize a swift and effective government response to both crises.

Are Holocaust analogies ever fair game in politics? Jewish Week Editor in Chief Andrew Silow-Carroll describes the uses and abuses of the Shoah at a time when the far right is actually taking pages from the Nazi playbook.

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Repair the World New York will be hosting multiple service events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from Jan.16-18.

The events, highlighting the work of the Jewish service organization, will include packing food and other essentials for the needy at locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, a garden renovation project at Imani Garden in Brooklyn, and painting and lot beautification at Brownsville Community Justice Center. The five packing events and six in-person community renovation projects will include both indoor and outdoor options for volunteers, with Covid safety protocols. Go here for information and sign-up.

The New York Jewish Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum, got underway Wednesday night with a screening of the Israeli film “Here We Are,” directed by Nir Bergman.

The two-week festival’s 2021 virtual lineup showcases 17 features and seven shorts, including the world premiere of the new restoration of a 1939 classic by Edgar G. Ulmer. Learn more here.

The Jewish Agency for Israel named Dan Elbaum as the organization’s new Head of North America and the President and CEO of Jewish Agency International Development.

Elbaum, who is based in the Chicago area, will be dividing his time between there and the Jewish Agency offices in New York. His job includes managing relations with Jewish federations in North America and managing of hundreds of emissaries from Israel and dozens of partnerships between communities here and in Israel.

Streaming Today

The Anti-Defamation League, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and the New York Board of Rabbis present a discussion on the challenge of extremism today and the opportunities to push back via civil society, government regulation, and reforms by social media companies. Featuring Talia Lavin, journalist and author of “Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy.” The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis. $10. Register here. 2:00 pm.

Leo Baeck Institute presents Michael A. Meyer in a discussion of his new biography of Leo Baeck, one of the most significant Jewish religious thinkers of the 20th century. Baeck (1873–1956) was a major voice for liberal Judaism in Germany, a survivor of Theresienstadt and a renowned intellectual who spent the rest of his life in England. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. Register here. 2:00 pm.

American Friends of Rabin Medical Center presents Global Connections, a monthly leaders forum moderated by Robert Siegel, former Senior Host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” January’s forum focuses on Year of the Vaccine, featuring interviews with Dr. Peter Hotez (Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine), Dr. Ofer Levy (Director, Precision Vaccines Program, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Irwin Redlener (Director, Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative, Columbia University), Dr. Jason Schwartz (Asst. Prof., Health Policy, Yale School of Public Health). Register here. 4:00 pm.

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