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Kosher eateries disavow LGBTQ mailings • Rookie doctors during the pandemic • Our primary day election guide

Emails offering discounts to those who support the LGBTQ community, left, were sent out in the name of two kosher restaurants in New York City, apparently without the owners' knowledge. Mendy's deli in Crown Heights apologized to its customers, right. (Screenshots via JTA)
Emails offering discounts to those who support the LGBTQ community, left, were sent out in the name of two kosher restaurants in New York City, apparently without the owners' knowledge. Mendy's deli in Crown Heights apologized to its customers, right. (Screenshots via JTA)

 

Good morning, New York! It’s primary election day; polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find links to The Jewish Week’s election stories here.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — PRIDE EDITION

Accidental allies: Emails celebrating LGBT pride were sent in the name of two NYC kosher restaurants; one apologized, the other is looking into it. 

  • The emails, offering a discount for those “celebrating diversity,” surprised and delighted gay rights activists, who know that businesses catering to the Orthodox community are not their obvious allies, JTA reports.
  • But Mendy’s kosher deli in Crown Heights apologized for the email that customers “may have found offensive,” blaming a “non-Jewish company” that does its marketing and promotions.
  • Kasbah BBQ & Deli on the Upper West Side said, “We don’t know where was this sent from” and that it would be “looking in to it.”

A year-long partnership is helping area Jewish institutions strengthen their work for LGBTQ equality and belonging.

  • UJA-Federation of New York and Keshet, a national Jewish organization, offer training in how to build more inclusive congregations, and how to talk about gender in the classroom.
  • The Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a pluralistic synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, introduced gender-neutral terms, including “b’mitzvah” instead of bar or bat mitzvah.
  • UJA-Federation has invested more than $350,000 in grants to Keshet. [Sponsored]

In progressive circles and in the organized Jewish community, LGBTQ Jews who are Zionist should not feel forced to check parts of their identity at the door, writes Ethan Felson, executive director of the New York-based A Wider Bridge, in a JTA essay.

  • For example: The upcoming Chicago Dyke March was promoted with a flyer depicting burning American and Israeli flags, Jewish Insider reports.

CITY LIGHTS

A rookie reporter for The New York Times followed rookie doctors through the darkest days of the pandemic.

  • Emma Goldberg’s new book, “Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic,” follows six recent med school grads — including two Jewish physicians — on their exhausting rounds.
  • “There was a real glimmer of hope in getting to talk with people who were around my own age, in their mid to late 20s, who were doing something incredibly constructive, incredibly valuable,” Goldberg, 27, tells The Jewish Week.

BEYOND THE BOROUGHS

Andrew Getraer will be stepping down as executive director of Rutgers Hillel, effective July 1, after 20 years on the job.

  • Getraer said the pandemic year, which included the unexpected loss of his mother and his youngest child’s graduation from high school, was “a time to reflect and refresh.”
  • Getraer led the project to build a 40,000-square-foot Hillel House on the New Brunswick, N.J. campus; with 6,000 Jewish undergraduates, the state university has one of the largest Jewish student bodies in the country.

PEOPLE AND PLACES

JNF-USA supporters Ronnit Kessler and Michael Kessler flank Israeli director Ruthy Pribar, second from left, and Israeli actress Shira Haas at an event for major donors from New York and New Jersey at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF-USA House in New York City, June 10, 2020. (JNF-USA)

Actress Shira Haas (“Unorthodox,” “Shtisel”) mingled with major donors from New York and New Jersey at a Jewish National Fund-USA fundraiser on June 10. The event included a Q&A with Haas and Ruthy Pribar, the Israeli director of their new film, “Asia.”

For World Refugee Day (June 20), Reboot created an online exhibition where you can discover refugee stories told through the lens of the objects they brought with them. The first phase of “What Would You Bring?” explores the stories of six Jewish refugees who fled from various countries throughout recent history. Find it here.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

YI Love Jewish presents live, virtual and pre-recorded performances celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary theater impresario Joseph Papp. Programs begin at 11:00 am and run all day. Most of the day’s events will be free of charge with the exception of an exclusive, celebrity-filled live and virtual gala and reception starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $36 for the virtual gala. Get more info here.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents a symposium on “Jewish Children’s Literature in Russian and Yiddish,” exploring the rich world of Jewish children’s literature in pre-WWII Europe. Reservations here. 1:00 pm.

Gregg Drinkwater, author of the article “Queer Healing: AIDS, Gay Synagogues, Lesbian Feminists, and the Origins of the Jewish Healing Movement,” speaks with Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman about the history and practice of how gay and lesbian Jewish leaders and their synagogues helped reshape the relationship to healing, spirituality, and personal prayer among American Jews. Register here for this American Jewish Historical Society event. 1:00 pm.

Lawyer Philippe Sands, author of “East West Street” and “The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive,” discusses how personal, professional and family interests intersected in his research and writing. Registration here. 4:00 pm.

Israel Film Center Festival at the Meyerson JCC Manhattan presents a rooftop screening of “Honeymood,” a romantic comedy set over the course of one night in Jerusalem. $15. For more info and to register, click here.

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