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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?
- We got you: Read the Jewish Week’s guide to the candidates’ positions on the Israel boycott, travel to Israel, yeshiva schooling and combating hate crimes.
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.
- “In addition to the self-funding, Ms. Farhadian Weinstein has raised $4.6 million, more than any other candidate, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from the finance sector,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
- ProPublica is also reporting that Farhadian Weinstein paid virtually no federal income taxes in four of six recent years. (There’s no indication that she and her husband, hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein, did anything illegal.)
- Why it matters: The former federal prosecutor has positioned herself as a centrist, and her more progressive opponents accuse her of trying to buy the election.
- Read JTA’s profile of the candidate, who came to the United States as a child from Iran, via Israel, after the Iranian revolution.
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.
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
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.
- Related: Worried that “many in Congress failed to stand up” for Israel in the recent conflict, the Orthodox Union set up meetings between rank-and-file constituents and members of Congress, including New York Democrats Grace Meng, Joseph Morelle, Jerrold Nadler, Kathleen Rice, Tom Suozzi and Paul Tonko, and Republican Nicole Malliotakis.
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.”
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, the brand-new national holiday that African-Americans have long celebrated as a commemoration of the end of slavery.
- Read here how Jewish groups have marked the day and for ways to observe the holiday this Shabbat. And Kveller has a list of seven events that you and your family can attend or stream online.
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.
Friday, June 18, 2021
Tammuz 8, 5781
Light candles at 8:12 pm.
Torah Reading: Hukkat: Numbers 19:1 – 22:1
Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33
Shabbat ends 9:21 pm.