As the New York Jewish community and the nation struggle with the repercussions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, her identities as a Brooklynite, Jewish woman, pragmatic feminist and dedicated mother and wife came to the fore.
The Jewish Week spoke with area women who drew inspiration from the pioneering lawyer and judge, from fellow attorneys to a nine-year-old girl. And here’s a summary of the key Jewish moments in Ginsburg’s long life.
Related: JTA reports on how Ginsburg’s death on Erev Rosh Hashanah changed High Holiday services, from shortened shofar blasts to last-minute sermon tweaks. In New York City, Cantor Angela Buchdal of Central Synagogue offered a tribute and then sang Psalm 150 to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” over a photo montage of Ginsburg’s life.
Opinion: The Jewish Week’s editor in chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, worries Ginsburg’s death signals the end of functional government and the American Jewish faith in American exceptionalism.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Jew to lie in state at the Capitol building, and the first woman, Jewish or non.
The Supreme Court justice will first lie in repose at the Supreme Court building, on Wednesday and Thursday, before moving to the Capitol on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.
Accusers of alleged child sex offender Malka Leifer hailed a ruling by a Jerusalem court that she should be extradited to Australia to face charges Monday, the Times of Israel reports.
Judge Miriam Lomp ruled Monday that Leifer, a former principal of a charedi Orthodox girls school in Melbourne, fled to Israel after accusations against her surfaced in 2008. She faces 74 counts of child sex abuse.
“A victory for justice!!” tweeted Dassi Erlich, one of Leifer’s accusers, moments after the ruling. “A victory for all survivors!! Exhaling years of holding our breath! We truly value every person standing with us in our refusal to remain silent! Today our hearts are smiling!”
The Trump administration slapped fresh sanctions on Iran despite firm opposition from much of the global community.
The new actions come after the administration on Saturday declared it had effectively reimposed sanctions under the so-called “snapback” provision of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reports. However, the overwhelming majority of the 15-nation U.N. Security Council view the administration’s efforts to bring back the sanctions as illegitimate.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will meet today with Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the Pentagon.
The two plan to discuss the administration’s commitment to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge.
Columbia University will hold its first-ever campus-wide BDS referendum this week.
Students will vote on whether they believe the school should divest its holdings and interests in a number of companies that do business in or with Israel, including Bank Hapoalim, Hyundai and Boeing, Jewish Insider reports. The voting period runs from Tuesday through Friday, the intermediate days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
“It upsets me that this is one of the first things that first-year students need to experience,” Brian Cohen, the executive director of Columbia’s Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, told Jewish Insider.
The historic Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side has hired a new rabbi.
Rabbi Leead Staller, a 2017 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and ordained at Yeshiva University, is a Hillel International Yavneh-Bet Rabbinic Entrepreneur, and a UJA-Federation of New York graduate fellow. Staller, who grew up in Connecticut and New Jersey, attended Torah Academy of Bergen County high school and spent two years learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion.
Jewish Argentine tennis star Diego Schwartzman lost to Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Italian Open in Rome.
Djokovic defeated Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 in a tight contest on clay in the build-up to the French Open.
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Amy Skopp Cooper will become national director of the Ramah Camping Movement, succeeding Rabbi Mitch Cohen, who is taking on a part-time role focusing on strategic projects. Skopp Cooper served as head of Ramah Nyack and as associate national director of the Ramah Camping Movement. In 2011, the Covenant Foundation honored her with a Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators.
Moishe House has opened registration for Expedition Love in the Sukkah, a free, immersive, digital experience designed especially for single, Jewish adults ages 21-39. Taking place during Sukkot, from Sunday, October 4 through Friday, October 9, Expedition will match participants to a new partner every day to complete challenges to earn points, win prizes and maybe even meet their match. Moishe House is partnering on this venture with Corona Crush, a global Facebook community created at the beginning of lockdown to help match young Jewish singles during quarantine. Registration will run through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Israel Policy Forum presents a video briefing with Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a look at the regional response to normalization with Israel. Now that normalization agreements have been signed between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain, how is the rest of the Middle East responding? Which countries could be next in line to open formal relations with Israel, and which governments will hold out? 7:00 pm.
Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust presents “Transforming Moments,” which highlights the experiences of children of Holocaust survivors. In this inaugural episode, Elisha Wiesel, former Goldman Sachs CIO and son of the late Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, will be interviewed by psychologist Dr. Eva Fogelman, author of the Pulitzer-prize nominated book “Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.” Elisha and Eva will explore his experience being raised by one of the most important voices in Holocaust memory. Co-Presented with Descendants of Holocaust Survivors (2GNY). Suggested donation: $10. 7:00 pm.