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Miami-Dade mayor is a New York native • Swastika found in Bay Ridge • The case for donor plaques

Alexander Rapaport, left, executive director of Masbia, celebrates the soup kitchen network's new partnership with Lee Jones, right, at the farmer and cookbook author's Ohio farm. (Masbia)
Alexander Rapaport, left, executive director of Masbia, celebrates the soup kitchen network's new partnership with Lee Jones, right, at the farmer and cookbook author's Ohio farm. (Masbia)

 

Good morning, New York. Stay cool today: There’s a heat advisory on through tomorrow.

THE SURFSIDE TRAGEDY

Learn more about Daniella Levine Cava, the mayor of Florida’s Miami-Dade County, who has become the lead spokesperson for the recovery effort at the 13-story condo building that collapsed in Surfside.

  • The New York City native is the first Jewish and the first woman mayor of Florida’s most populous county, as well as the first Democrat to win the job since 2004.
  • The mayor met Sunday with Israel’s Diaspora affairs minister, Nachman Shai, who had come to Surfside to comfort local Jews.
  • Quotable: “It’s an extraordinary community and you can see here, it’s like a small town where people have come together in support of the survivors, in support of those who have been displaced, in support of the families that are waiting for news,” Levine Cava told our partners at JTA. “And it doesn’t matter religion, it doesn’t matter nationality, everybody is working together to support.”
  • The latest: The death toll is now at 11; officials say that there are 150 people unaccounted for.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Homeless men living at the Upper West Side’s Lucerne Hotel moved back to shelters Monday.

  • The Jewish angle: The city’s decision to place the homeless in the Lucerne and other commercial hotels during the COVID-19 crisis deeply divided Jewish residents and others in the neighborhood, as we reported last summer.
  • The hotels were supposed to be temporary, but the homeless residents are “upset and concerned” about returning to congregate shelters, especially as more contagious COVID-19 variants are spreading in New York, The City reports.

Police are investigating a swastika that was daubed on a tree in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Sunday.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) reintroduced legislation to break Hezbollah’s ties to the Lebanese military.

  • The legislation calls for withholding some U.S. security assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces until it takes concrete actions against the militant group.

TODAY IN GIVING

The Masbia Soup Kitchen Network partnered with cookbook author and farmer Lee Jones to create a “kosher companion” to his new cookbook, “The Chef’s Garden.”

  • The booklet, “Adamah Treasures,” features 22 alternative recipes for the ones in the book that aren’t kosher.
  • People who donate directly to the New York-based soup kitchen will get the cookbook, its kosher companion, a gift basket of vegetables and a tour of Lee’s Ohio farm with an overnight stay.
  • The Ohio farmer partnered with Masbia more than five years ago by contributing fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the needy.

THE ARTS

Read an excerpt from Francine Prose’s new and very New Yorky novel, “The Vixen,” about a young editor confronting his family’s connections to the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg spy scandal.

TODAY’S BIG IDEA

A marble plaque recording a donation to a Roman synagogue is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, next to the staircase which is lined with the the names of the people who gave donations to the museum. (Jewish Week)

Is there anything wrong with naming buildings, synagogues, water fountains and parking spaces after the people who donated the money to build them? Our editor in chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, looks at the 2,200-year-old Jewish tradition of “naming opportunities.”

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah, the rabbinic human rights organization, has been elevated to T’ruah’s first chief executive officer.

  • Board co-chair Rabbi Nancy Wiener said the promotion was “a fitting way to recognize the impact of [Jacobs’] dedication and leadership within the organization and in the Jewish community at-large over the past decade.”
  • Since the start of Jacobs’ tenure in 2011, T’ruah’s operating budget has grown from $500,000 to $2 million, and the staff has grown from four to 17, the organization said in a statement.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents “Jews in America” — a live virtual theatrical production produced by The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre, and hosted in recognition of Independence Day. Event website here. 7:00 pm.

The brothers Ben, Jonah and Henry Platt join Abigail Pogrebin to discuss their professional achievements and aspirations, as well as how their Jewish experiences and involvements have influenced their careers. Register here for JTS’s annual Henry N. and Selma S. Rapaport Memorial Lecture. 7:30 pm. (Our partners at Alma profile the brothers here.)

Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower, Rosh Kollel of Yeshivat Maharat, asks how our increased sensitivity to exclusion and inclusion help us re-imagine what disability and belonging could look like in the Jewish community. Register here for this Svivah “HerTorah” event. 8:00 pm.

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