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New Yorkers pick their favorite bagel • D.A. candidate in the hot seat • How to mark Juneteenth

OF BLESSED MEMORY: A young woman reads a prayer she wrote in honor of the 27th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on June 13, 2021 at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. (Photo by Alex Kent/Getty Images)
OF BLESSED MEMORY: A young woman reads a prayer she wrote in honor of the 27th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on June 13, 2021 at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. (Photo by Alex Kent/Getty Images)

 

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NEW YORKERS, YOU WANT IT ALL (OR AT LEAST EVERYTHING)

The results of the Jewish Week Bagel Ballot are in, and the winner is: Everything.

  • Our ballot is a demonstration of ranked choice voting, which will be used for the first time in NYC in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
  • Find the results and explanation here, and why the everything bagel topped (we’re sorry) the other candidates.

MORE NYC ELECTION NEWS

Where do the top Democratic candidates stand on four key Jewish issues?

Tali Farhadian Weinstein has contributed $8.2 million of her own money to her campaign for Manhattan district attorney, spending heavily on TV and social-media advertising.

Yiddish-language posters in Borough Park say a Jewish candidate for a judgeship will “get you out before Shabbos” if you’re arrested on a Friday.

  • Candidate Charles Finkelstein said he didn’t authorize the posters and doesn’t speak Yiddish, but he didn’t disavow the concept. “Anyone who gets arrested close to Shabbos, you try to expedite it if you can help them to get out,” the former Brooklyn prosecutor and defense attorney told the Daily News. “But as a judge, I wouldn’t make any calls. And there’s no calls to make.”
  • Finkelstein is running for Brooklyn civil court judge; the posters also included language about his rivals, both of whom are African-American women, that some took as racist.

REMEMBERING

Famed journalist Janet Malcolm, whose family fled the Nazis during World War II, died Wednesday at a Manhattan hospital. She was 86. Known for her incisive profiles for The New Yorker, her books include “Iphigenia in Forest Hills,” about a shocking murder-for-hire case in the Bukharan Jewish community.

TODAY’S BIG IDEA

(Janice Wang/Jewish Week)

Republicans say the Democratic Party is turning against Israel, but two Democratic activists — Karen Adler of New York and Ada Horwich of Los Angeles — say their party is a big tent that remains unwavering in support of the Jewish state.

SHABBAT SHALOM

Moses wasn’t perfect, but great leaders don’t have to be, writes Amy Kalmanofsky: “His humanness is as profound and as powerful as his heroism.”

  • More wisdom: Beware instant and early success, writes Rabbi David Wolpe: “Sometimes failing, struggling, renewing and grit are surer paths than the dazzle of triumph.”

CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH

Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the brand-new national holiday that African-Americans have long celebrated as a commemoration of the end of slavery.

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York will host special Shabbat Services in honor of Juneteenth. Tonight’s service will include remarks from Jerald Walker, author of “The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult.” The in-person event is open to pre-registered members and will be live-streamed for the public through the Temple’s website, facebook, and YouTube pages. 6:00 pm.

Maya Wiley, a candidate for New York City mayor endorsed by The Jewish Vote, will be featured at a Juneteenth havdalah service led by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice. This in-person event will take place at Grand Army Plaza on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. RSVP here.

IT’S PRIDE MONTH

The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry, an organizer-activist, political strategist, author and faith leader, will be the guest speaker tonight at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s live-streaming Family & Friends Shabbat. 6:30 pm.

Alex Maghen, co-host of “Daddy Squared, the Gay Dads Podcast,” writes about the legacy he inherited from his Iranian Jewish father: unconditional love of family and the Jewish people.

CANDLELIGHTING, READINGS

Friday, June 18, 2021
Tammuz 8, 5781

Light candles at 8:12 pm.

Saturday

Torah Reading: Hukkat: Numbers 19:1 – 22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33

Shabbat ends 9:21 pm.

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