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Marjorie Taylor Greene tours Orthodox Brooklyn • Isolated NYC seniors get tech help • Jewish Oscar nominees

LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaks with Michael Miller, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council-New York as part of the JCRC's ongoing Congressional Conversations series.
LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaks with Michael Miller, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council-New York as part of the JCRC's ongoing Congressional Conversations series.

 

Georgia Republican and conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene toured Orthodox areas of Brooklyn and Long Island on Monday, the Forward reports.

Nachman Mostofsky of the Orthodox Republican group Chovevei Zion said his group invited Taylor Greene, who visited a Brooklyn yeshiva, matzah bakery, kosher supermarket and restaurant, and also some Orthodox areas of the Five Towns.

Background: Taylor Greene was stripped of her House committee assignments last month for various incendiary comments, including her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and her suggestion that the Rothschilds, the Jewish banking family, financed a secret space laser to start California wildfires.

Quotable: “We wanted to show her authentic Judaism and we felt before Passover would be a great time.”

Worlds collide: Mostofsky’s younger brother Aaron is facing federal charges for his role in the January 6 riots on the Capitol. Their father is a prominent Brooklyn Supreme Court judge.

UJA-Federation o​f New York launched two tech-based initiatives to help older adults experiencing increased social isolation due to Covid-19.

This month, Israeli start-up Uniper Care is installing a device in the homes of 100 older adult clients of UJA partner agencies Commonpoint Queens and JASA. It will enable them to access interactive virtual programming through their televisions. The programs include fitness classes, concerts, and lectures.

Since February, UJA partner agency clients ages 60 and up can call Older Adults Technology Services for one-on-one technical support in three languages. The tech support line is funded by the Solomon Family Foundation and the Butler Family Foundation.

In Other News

A Capitol Police officer has been suspended after a copy of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an infamous anti-Semitic document, was found near his work area.

Why is Israel holding a fourth election in just two years, and can it avoid a fifth election? Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, explains.

Here’s what you need to know about the notable Jewish Oscar nominees.

Opinion

Rabbi Herschel Schacter, who died eight years ago this month, was known for comforting survivors at the liberation of Buchenwald and for his advocacy for Soviet Jewry and other causes in the decades that followed. But his daughter remembers how his singing stirred her as a child, and how Alzheimer’s robbed him of his voice in in his later years.

Recognizing the economic strain caused by the pandemic, government and philanthropy have stepped up as never before. But that’s not enough, write David Greenfield, CEO of Met Council, and Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. “The growth of food insecurity in this city has shown little sign of slowing in the new year. Philanthropic funding is critical and we have gladly done our part, but it’s also clear that philanthropy is no substitute for government dollars,” they write.

Deaths

Actor Yaphet Kotto, who rose to fame as the first Black James Bond villain in “Live and Let Die” and an extraterrestrial stowaway in “Alien,” has died. He was 81. Kotto was born in New York in 1939 to a Cameroonian immigrant father and a US Army nurse. His father, whose ancestors were African Jews, “instilled Judaism in me,” he once said.

Jewlia Eisenberg, who became an unlikely musical star by creating lively tunes inspired in part by arcane poetic and intellectual traditions, has died after struggling with the effects of a rare autoimmune disease. She was 50. Eisenberg grew up in the tight-knit community of Brooklyn’s Starrett City. As the frontwoman for the band Charming Hostess she was a fixture of the avant-garde and experimental music scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York since the 1990s.

Passover

Join Rabbi Neal Borovitz of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for the last of three sessions on how, through your own family Seders, you can fulfill the commandment of Passover by linking yourself to the Jewish past, while also speaking to your modern existence and the Jewish future. Register here. Noon.

Streaming Today

The Frankfurt am Main Municipality and the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement present the Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism. The digital summit will bring together municipal and local leaders from across the world to discuss practical solutions for mayors in combatting Jew-hatred in their cities. Registration in advance is required by clicking here. 10:00 am.
The Bronx has a rich history of Jewish immigration, and today the borough is home to a diverse community — one that the Jewish community helped shape. In this UJA-Federation event, explore how the landscape of the Bronx — and its Jewish community — has transformed through the years, and how UJA’s COVID relief work helping people in the Bronx and around New York. Register here. Noon.

Find out why voters will return to the polls in March as Israel gears up for its fourth election in two years. With Guy Ben-Porat, chair, Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University and moderated by Doug Seserman, CEO, American Associates (AABGU). Register here. Noon.

Aharon David Gordon (1856-1922) was one of Zionism’s most original and major thinkers, and yet is relatively unknown today. The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies in cooperation with the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, both at Brandeis University, present the third in a three-part symposium on his ideas and legacy Register here. Noon.

The Masorti Foundation presents the new CEO of the Masorti Movement, Rakefet Ginsberg, in conversation with foundation chair Heidi Schneider and three other women movement leaders about the challenges and rewards of making positive change in Israel. Register here. 1:00 pm.

Israel’s upcoming election will be analyzed by Tal Schneider, Times of Israel correspondent, during a video briefing arranged by Israel Policy Forum. She will take a look at the election’s potential impact, where the different parties stand and whether this fourth election in two years can deliver a more conclusive result. Register here. 3:00 pm.

Dr. Lori Weintrob, director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, explores the heroic lives and legacies of female resistance fighters. Weintrob will be in conversation with Rokhl Kafrissen, Yiddish culture writer and Tablet Magazine contributor, and Rachel Rachama Roth, a survivor of Auschwitz who will provide her eyewitness testimony to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Register here at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. 8:00 pm.

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