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Jews strong for Biden in swing states, Israeli Orthodox attack reporters, TikTok reins in hate
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Jews strong for Biden in swing states, Israeli Orthodox attack reporters, TikTok reins in hate

In Bnei Brak, Israel, reporter Ittai Shickman films himself being chased by charedi Orthodox Jews while reporting outside the home of a prominent rabbi. (Screen shot from Twitter)
In Bnei Brak, Israel, reporter Ittai Shickman films himself being chased by charedi Orthodox Jews while reporting outside the home of a prominent rabbi. (Screen shot from Twitter)

Kosher foodies rallied around a Brooklyn eatery that was served a summons for alleged Covid-19 violations.

Under the trending hashtag #OpenTheDoors, the “Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies” Facebook group urged its 60,000 members to order food from Mixed Greens on Coney Island Ave. and support “our local, especially red zone restaurants.”

The pizza and panini spot challenged a summons it received for allegedly violating the Covid-19 lockdown, The Jewish Week reports. The violation has since been rescinded.

Related: A 35-year-old Jewish deli in Denver has closed amid the pandemic’s pressure on restaurants.

Joe Biden is winning the Jewish vote by over 50 points in the key swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania.

According to polls commissioned by the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby group J Street, 75% of respondents in Pennsylvania said they would vote for Biden and 22% picked Trump, tracking exactly with a nationwide American Jewish Committee poll published this week. In Florida, the gap was 73% to 22%.

Related: Meet the four Jewish candidates among those vying for 35 open Senate seats this year — including two serious contenders.

The Anti-Defamation League criticized a State Department plan to formally identify three large international human rights organizations as anti-Semitic based on their Israel records.

The move would “politicize the fight against antisemitism,” says the ADL. “We strongly believe that these organizations are crucial to ensuring robust civil society and democratic protections worldwide.” It added that calling the groups anti-Semitic “is neither accurate nor helpful to the fight against antisemitism.”

Elan Carr, the department’s anti-Semitism monitor, is planning to release a statement calling on governments not to support Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Oxfam, congressional sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Following the lead of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the video platform TikTok announced that it is expanding the range of hate content that it will ban from the network.

TikTok said in a blog post Wednesday that it already bans Holocaust denial and works to remove neo-Nazi and white supremacist content. Now it will remove posts advocating similar ideologies like white nationalism, male supremacy and “white genocide theory,” which falsely claims that there is a conspiracy to eliminate white populations with a flood of immigrants.

The move comes following complaints that TikTok users were demeaning the Holocaust by portraying themselves as concentration camp inmates in videos.

Israel’s charedi Orthodox minority increasingly blame the media for their ills, including the stringent lockdown conditions imposed on their towns and neighborhoods.

Journalists have been attacked while covering charedi demonstrations, JTA reports. The charedi orthodox are “very concerned about bad publicity” and, as such, the current situation has created “the perfect conditions for violence against journalists,” said Yoel Finkelman, the author of a book about charedi media.

Context: Jacob Kornbluh, a reporter and member of the chasidic community in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, was assaulted during a protest and subjected to a campaign of intimidation for his reporting on the pandemic.

Delegates to the 38th World Zionist Congress reached an agreement that eased tensions between right-wing and left-wing factions.

Thursday’s agreement divvied up leadership roles in major Zionist institutions — which have a collective annual budget of over $1 billion – in ways reflecting the strong showing of right-wing and Orthodox factions in recent Diaspora elections. However, it also included moderate gains for the center-left parties and progressive Jewish movements.

Left-leaning and moderate delegates, including legacy Jewish groups like Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International, had been concerned that the right-wing majority would deny a voice to Diaspora Jews on issues like religious pluralism in Israel and settlement activity. Non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews constitute a large majority of global Jewry but are vastly underrepresented in the World Zionist Congress due to lack of participation its elections.

The Times of Israel has the details.

Three Jewish women’s organizations are behind a new app that encourages families to share stories about their infertility journeys.

Hadassah, Jewish Women’s Archive and Uprooted: A Jewish Communal Response to Fertility Journeys say the aim of the new storytelling mobile app is to remove the stigma and increase awareness around an often taboo subject.

“If people were more conscious about the struggles of infertility, they will hopefully be more sensitive to those going through it,” Rebecca Ruberg, who shares her story on the app, tells The Jewish Week.


A new book, “The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War,” describes what really happened in the years immediately after World War II, when the Unites States and other nations allowed Jewish survivors to languish in the displaced persons camps in Germany. Andrew Silow-Carroll, The Jewish Week’s editor in chief, writes that the Trump administration’s restrictionist immigration policy reflects the naked prejudice and misguided nationalism of that earlier era.

Emily Barasch writes about spending quarantine with her grandmother, whose family fled the Nazis when she was a little girl. “In many ways, her life-must-go-on, Jewish survivor ethos carried me through,” writes Barasch in an Alma essay.

Shabbat Shalom

The book of Genesis looks forward to a time when women will be restored to positions of equality with men, writes Fred Ehrman in this week’s essay on the Torah portion.

More wisdom: Rabbi David Wolpe writes that voting is a privilege, and that a healthy society respects disagreements.

Around the Agencies

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will launch virtual field trips for school groups in November, as well as new lesson plans, professional development workshops, and an oral histories podcast. The resources and opportunities can be accessed online.

Candlelighting, Torah Reading

Friday, October 23
Cheshvan 5, 5781

Light Candles at 5:45 pm

Saturday, October 24
Cheshvan 6, 5781

Torah Reading: Noach: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10

Shabbat Ends at 6:43 pm

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