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Jewish summer camps are opening • Lee Zeldin raises $2.5 million • Festival celebrates Yiddish women playwrights
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Jewish summer camps are opening • Lee Zeldin raises $2.5 million • Festival celebrates Yiddish women playwrights

BLUE AND WHITE ALL OVER: The NY Israeli-American Council turned Times Square blue and white in celebration of Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 18, 2021. The event included a parade with cars decorated in blue and white, chalk art with the Israeli and American flags and a giant video on the Reuters billboard. (Shahar Azran)
BLUE AND WHITE ALL OVER: The NY Israeli-American Council turned Times Square blue and white in celebration of Israel's 73rd Independence Day, April 18, 2021. The event included a parade with cars decorated in blue and white, chalk art with the Israeli and American flags and a giant video on the Reuters billboard. (Shahar Azran)

 

Jewish summer camps are opening again with a combination of testing and vaccinations, along with a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads.

Most of the Conservative movement’s 10 Ramah overnight camps are expected to open, JTA reports.

Helping to cover some of the extra costs across the camping world is $3.8 million in funding from the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Jeremy Fingerman, the foundation’s chief executive officer, said Jewish overnight camps lost about $150 million last year.

Prosecutors want a suspect in the Capitol insurrection to stay in jail pending trial, saying he is a danger to Lakewood, NJ’s Orthodox Jewish community.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer who is accused of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, worked at a Navy base near Lakewood before his arrest, CNN reported Saturday.

According to a Washington Post article from last month, Hale-Cusanelli was known by his friends and co-workers as a white supremacist, Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust denier.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) said he has raised $2.5 million over 10 days since announcing his bid for governor.

Zeldin, one of two Jewish Republicans in Congress and a staunch defender of Donald Trump, will meet with state and county GOP leaders in Albany today to discuss the 2022 race and their potential challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Post reported.

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s Yiddish Women Playwrights Festival begins today with a staged reading of Chava Rosenfarb’s “The Bird of the Ghetto.”

The Times of Israel speaks with Sabina Brukner, the literary manager at the New York-based NYTF, about the four plays being streamed (for free) April 19-22 at the NYTF’s website.

ENOUGH: City Councilmember Robert F. Holden, left, and City Council candidate Avi Cyperstein, right, joined with community leaders in front of Queens Borough Hall to shed light on recent attacks and call for a plan of action to end hatred against Jews, Asian-Americans and other minorities, Sunday, April 18, 2021. According to Cyperstein, a 56-year-old Rego Park man was assaulted Friday by an assailant shouting anti-Semitic slurs while en route to afternoon services at a synagogue near 66-02 99th Street. (Courtesy)

What Else

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the J Street 2021 National Conference on Sunday, saying that moving away from a two-state solution would lead to a “de facto apartheid one-state solution.”

The New York Times previews a posthumous album by Alan Vega, the late artist and punk rocker born Alan Bermowitz. Vega, whose parents were Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, grew up in Bensonhurst.

Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-Long Island) is among the sponsors of bipartisan legislation that would provide $30 million over five years to facilitate joint cybersecurity partnership programs between the United States and Israel, Jewish Insider reports.

Deaths

Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Bec, leader of the extremist anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox sect Neturei Karta, died Thursday of complications from COVID-19. He was 87. In 2008, Beck was among sect leaders who met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York, a day after the Iranian president made a speech at the U.N. that was widely condemned as anti-Semitic. A native of Budapest, he eventually led a synagogue in Monsey, NY that served as a center for the Neturei Karta.

Streaming Today

The Congress for Jewish Culture, along with Friends of the Bund, Jewish Labor Committee and Workers Circle, hosts a virtual gathering of musicians, academics and survivors and their families marking the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Watch the event on YouTube. 1:00 pm.

Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, join Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The Jewish Week, for a conversation with Judy Batalion, author of “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos.” Register here.

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