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Jewish groups found what to like in the NY state budget.
Gov. Cuomo and Albany lawmakers reached a deal Tuesday on the budget, which still needs to pass the Legislature and be approved by the governor.
Excluded workers: Rabbis and cantors who signed a letter organized by T’ruah and Jews For Racial and Economic Justice applauded the inclusion of $2.1 billion for essential workers who were excluded from stimulus and other COVID-19 relief. “This fund will provide vital, financial relief to the many immigrant workers hard-hit by the pandemic,” said Workers Circle CEO Ann Toback.
Yeshiva funding: Agudath Israel of America said the budget has “big wins” for yeshivas and other nonpublic schools. STEM funding for nonpublic schools was increased to $40 million, safety and security grants were retained at $15 million, and another $25 million was allocated for hate crimes prevention grants. State leaders also backed off on threats to scale back the reimbursements nonpublic schools get for fulfilling state mandates.
Food insecurity: Met Council on Jewish Poverty celebrated an additional $50 million in funding for the Nourish New York Initiative, an emergency food program that was created at the onset of the pandemic. Met Council pushed for the program, which buys surplus agricultural products from New York farmers for distribution to more than 1.3 million households in need across New York.
Elliot Resnick, chief editor of the New York-based Jewish Press, was among those who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, Politico reports.
The editor of the Orthodox Jewish newspaper is visible in a video taken during the siege, says Politico, noting that he “defended the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in print without acknowledging his previously unreported presence in the building that day.”
Resnick declined comment, but publisher Naomi Mauer emailed, “As we understand the facts, we believe that Mr. Resnick acted within the law.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan) joined 11 members of Congress in a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani for inciting the Capitol riot.
“I joined this suit because what happened on January 6th can never be allowed to happen again,” Nadler tweeted.
The suit also names extremist groups the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and Warboys as defendants.
New Yorker Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee, is leading the fight for a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama.
Appelbaum is president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is vying to represent the nearly 6,000 warehouse workers in Amazon’s Bessemer fulfillment center.
Quotable: “The struggle of the Israelites to escape oppression and achieve freedom is really comparable, in many ways, to the struggle of working people to escape what they see as oppression from our workforce, and to try to gain their own dignity and justice,” he tells JTA.
The Upper West Side has seen one of New York’s largest population drains during the pandemic.
Zip codes in the area showed an “outflow” ranging from 23 to 33 for every 1,000 residents, according to a new report by real-estate firm CBRE. “Outflow” means the difference between people moving out and moving in.
“Even in the more mixed-income ZIP code 10025, between Central and Riverside parks and between West 91st Street and West 114th Street, net exits of 1,552 in 2019 more than doubled to 3,782 in 2020,” the New York Post reports.
In Riverdale Zip code 10471, net departures rose from 40 in 2019 to 138 last year.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) says he is running for governor in 2022.
One of two Jewish Republicans in the House, Zeldin won his Long Island district handily in the last election and is adept at obtaining federal funding for the state. He was also one of former president Trump’s most vocal boosters and was among the dozens of Republicans who voted to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential win.
Rabbanit Ilana Fodiman-Silverman remembers Rabbi Bernard Rosensweig, rabbi at Congregation Adath Yeshurun in Kew Gardens, who would often talk with the author’s grandmother as she related her tale of suffering and survival at Auschwitz. “He helped her remember and share her load — an act of pure chesed,” writes Fodiman-Silverman.
Related: Rabbi Rosensweig passed away on March 25, at age 94. Yeshiva University, where he was a professor of Jewish history for 38 years, has an appreciation.
Attorney Menachem Rozensaft, a longtime activist in “Second Generation” efforts to remember the Holocaust, often turns to poetry to express his anguish. A collection of these writings, “Poems Born in Bergen-Belsen,” is being published this month to coincide with Yom Hashoah and the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust launched a new tribute site to share the stories of Holocaust survivors who lost their lives amid the global pandemic. The tribute page on the Museum’s website features the testimonials of relatives and images of those who lost their lives to COVID-19 and due to other causes since the pandemic began. To date, the Museum has collected 27 tributes, mainly from New Yorkers who have lost loved ones who lived in New York, Ohio and other states.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany launched a new digital campaign led by Holocaust survivors, #ItStartedWithWords. The campaign will use survivor testimony to give context to the origins of the Holocaust; several well-known Holocaust survivors from around the world – including Sidney Zoltak, Abe Foxman and Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau Lau — recorded videos to be posted for the campaign. “This campaign reminds us to learn from the past and understand how hateful and harmful words used against others can have grave consequences,” said Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, in a statement shared by the Claims Conference.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is holding a live virtual event that will include remarks from Secretary of State Antony Blinken. 11:00 am.
The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities will host a webinar featuring young Muslims from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates who will discuss their experiences visiting Yad Vashem. Later on, they will be joined by members of the Jewish community in the Gulf for a discussion of how Muslims and Jews can work together to create a new Middle East. Moderated by Emily Judd from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. Register here. Today, noon.
Hadar presents a lecture with Rabbi Yitz Greenberg on “Religion and Morality in the Shadow of the Holocaust.” He’ll unpack the most important and influential ways in which the Holocaust transformed religious and moral thought. Register here. Noon.
The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center and Westchester Jewish Council present the Annual Westchester Countywide Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration program. The program will feature a music compilation from several cantors and a procession of Westchester’s rescued Holocaust Torahs. In addition, there will be an interview with Holocaust survivor Endre (Andy) Sarkany. Register here. Noon.
Commonpoint Queens commemorates Yom HaShoah with a talk by Seymour Kaplan, discussing his experiences as a Dachau liberator. He was one of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945 and served as a Yiddish translator for the camp survivors. Registration is required here. 3:00 pm.
Leo Baeck Institute presents Julie Metz, author of “Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind,” discussing her family memoir with Ariana Neumann, author of “When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains.” Both women in their work bring to light answers to questions that they had learned, growing up in their families, were not to be asked. Register here. 2:00 pm.
The fourth and final installment of “Studio Israel” presents Tamar Borer, a choreographer, a performance artist, dance teacher and guided imagination therapist. A 1990 car accident left Tamar paralyzed in both legs. But she has continued to evolve her work, performing at dance festivals around the world and winning awards. A collaboration among the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Jewish Arts Collaborative, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. Learn more and register here. 3:00 pm.