Good Monday morning! The week ahead includes Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, beginning at sundown tomorrow, April 13, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, starting Wednesday eve, April 14.
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang filmed a campaign ad in one of Brooklyn’s Orthodox neighborhoods before Shabbat Friday.
Yang visited Toys 4 U, a toy store that caters to the local Orthodox community, calling it “the heart of Borough Park,” according to local news site BoroPark24.
Why it matters: Few candidates have gone as far as Yang in seeking the Orthodox vote, especially on the issue of the city’s oversight of secular education in yeshivas.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx/Westchester) met with Israel Nitzan, Acting Consul General for Israel in New York.
Background: Bowman had perturbed Israeli envoys by criticizing Israel for not providing vaccines to non-Israeli Palestinians.
Sandra Feuerstein, 75, a federal judge from Long Island, was killed Friday by a hit-and-run driver in Boca Raton, Florida.
Feuerstein was struck while walking on a sidewalk near the beach. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, remained jailed Sunday on $60,000 bond.
Feuerstein was appointed to the Eastern District of New York by President George W. Bush in 2003. She served as a New York State judge for 16 years before that. Born in New York, she worked as a schoolteacher before earning a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1979.
She and her late mother, Judge Annette Elstein of the Immigration Court in New York, made history as the first mother and daughter in the United States to serve as judges at the same time.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended a white supremacist conspiracy theory on the cable network, spurring the Anti-Defamation League to call for his firing.
Carlson defended the “Great Replacement” idea that Democrats are coordinating a “replacement” of current U.S. voters with immigrants from the “Third World.” “That’s true,” he said on his show Thursday.
Background: Marchers in the 2017 far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia chanted “You will not replace us” and then “Jews will not replace us.” Delusions that Jews were conspiring to destroy white people through nonwhite immigration also inspired the shooter in the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, in which 11 people died.
Psychologist Yehuda Ben-Yishay, whose experience treating Israeli soldiers in the Yom Kippur War led to pioneering therapy for traumatic brain injuries, died on March 24 at the NYU Langone Health hospital in Manhattan, where he worked as the founder and director of NYU Rusk Holistic Day Program. He was 88. Ben-Yishay’s “holistic cognitive therapy” demonstrated that, contrary to the scientific consensus of the time, the adult brain is malleable and that memory, attention, and reasoning could be relearned or strengthened after a brain injury. Born in Romania and raised in Israel, he attended the New School for Social Research and received his Ph.D. in psychology from NYU.
People and Places
The Jewish Book Council presents the 70th National Jewish Book Awards Celebration at a virtual ceremony tonight at 7:00 pm featuring remarks from the 2020 winners live from their homes. Tickets start at $18. Buy tickets here. Read Jewish Week coverage of these winners: Max Gross, author of “The Lost Shtetl”; Laura Arnold Leibman, “The Art of the Jewish Family”; Nancy Sinkoff, “From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals and the Politics of Jewish History”; and Magda Teter, “Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth.”
The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy presents Dr. Edy Cohen, a researcher at Bar Ilan University, on “The Holocaust from the Arab People’s Point of View.” Zooming with simultaneous Arabic-to-English translation, 11:00 am.
The Peace Corps presents conversations with Jewish volunteers about their service and how they celebrated their heritage. Register here. Noon.
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County is hosting a virtual book discussion with author Julie Metz about her newest book, “Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind.” Interweaving personal memoir and family history, the book traces the author’s search for her mother’s lost childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna and reveals the resilience needed survive during history’s darkest hours. Register here. 6:30 pm.
Meet the “most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Col. Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station. This virtual event is co-hosted by the committees representing the Weizmann Institute of Science within the Americas, including the American Committee. Col. Hadfield will be joined by Weizmann scientists to showcase some of the best science in the world. Register here. 7:00 pm.