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THE SURFSIDE TRAGEDY
Linda March, 58, a lifelong New Yorker before moving to Florida. Harry Rosenberg, 52, a Brooklyn native who lost his wife to cancer and his parents to COVID. Harry’s daughter Malki Weisz, 27, and her husband Benny Weisz, 32, of Lakewood, N.J.
As more victims of the Surfside building collapse are named, our partners at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency are remembering the lives they lived.
- Related: The Forward profiles three young professionals, including former New Yorker Efraim Stefansky, who have raised $1.3 million for survivors and families of the victims.
- Volunteers in Staten Island collected and distributed food Wednesday at the Aur Torah Sephardic Congregation in a “Day of Action and Kindness” dedicated to the victims of the Surfside building collapse.
BEYOND THE BOROUGHS
A rabbi and his son were arraigned Tuesday on charges of manslaughter, assault and arson in connection with a deadly fire at an assisted living facility in Spring Valley, N.Y.
- Rabbi Nathaniel Sommer of Monsey and his son, Aaron Sommer, had prepared the kitchen at Evergreen Court Home for Adults in preparation for Passover and may have turned off the fire alarms, although it’s not clear what specific role they allegedly played in the March 23 fire, the Journal News reported.
- Four other have been indicted in connection with the blaze, which claimed the lives of a resident and a firefighter.
Andrew Getraer, stepping down as the longtime director of Rutgers Hillel, talks to JTA about the threats and opportunities for Jews on campus.
Veteran journalist and diplomat Arye Mekel, who served as Israel’s consul general in New York from 2004-2007, died on Sunday following a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Mekel served as an adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry and as the director-general of the now defunct Israel Broadcasting Authority.
Ben Arbov and Loren Ben-Shimon met at their “home away from home”: Chabad Young Professionals in Chelsea. Read about their courtship, and how the pandemic brought them closer together in our monthly “Matchmaker” column.
This week’s Torah portion suggests that acts of violence, even those that can be justified, leave permanent scars on the perpetrator, writes Rabbi Aaron Portman.
- More wisdom: When others disagree with you, that does not make them your enemy, writes Rabbi David Wolpe in his weekly Jewish Week column.
Former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton will be in conversation with Rabbi Marc Schneier at The Hampton Synagogue, discussing his recently-published, “The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America.” 154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, NY. Complimentary admission; registration is required. Sunday, 10:00 am.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage presents an in-person screening of “Here We Are,” a new film from Israeli director Nir Bergman, the creator of the award-winning TV series “In Treatment.” 36 Battery Place. Tickets are $5 each for Museum members or $10 each for the general public. Sunday, 2:00 pm.
Friday, July 2, 2021
Tammuz 22, 5781
Light candles at 8:13 pm
Torah Reading: Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Shabbat ends 9:21 pm.