Good morning, New York! Join Jewish Week editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll today for a live streaming conversation with Sam Apple, whose new book is about Otto Warburg (above), a German scientist from a Jewish family who somehow survived the Nazis and whose cancer research has new relevance. 1:00 pm.
Is this the end of the Benjamin Netanyahu era?
- The Israeli prime minister’s political opponents announced last night that they have formed a coalition that will replace him, pending a vote in Israel’s parliament.
- Read about the ideologically incoherent broad alliance that spans the right, center and left.
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Brooklyn native Eric Lander — the White House’s first-ever Cabinet-level science advisor — took his oath of office on a 500-year-old copy of “Pirke Avot.”
- The geneticist was sworn in as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Wednesday on a 1492 edition of the rabbinic maxims.
- Quotable: “The traditions — the ethical traditions — everything that comes from that faith and the faith I still practice in some ways, they matter a lot to who you are,” Lander said.
- Street cred: Lander pioneered genomics studies at MIT and Harvard Medical School. More importantly, he was captain of the math team at Stuyvesant High School.
Read about the Jewish group trying to give a dignified burial to New York’s unclaimed COVID victims.
- PIX 11 talks to Amy Koplow, executive director of the Hebrew Free Burial Association. The group buried 523 people in 2020, and “at least 176 had COVID on their death certificates,” she said.
- Koplow is dedicated to reducing the backlog at the city’s Medical Examiner’s office, which has approximately 750 bodies in its long-term storage facility.
The Sephardic Community Federation endorsed Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams for mayor.
- Why it matters: Adams and businessman Andrew Yang — who clashed repeatedly at last night’s first in-person debate — have been jostling for Orthodox endorsements ahead of the June 22 primary.
A fifth-grader in Tenafly, N.J., dressed up as Hitler and wrote an essay describing his “accomplishments” in response to a school project on “notable people.”
- The school board in the township, which has a large Israeli population, is investigating.
Former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel is “deeply concerned at how antisemitism has become a partisan debate.”
- In an op-ed, he and GOP activist Fred Zeidman call for Republicans and Democrats to stop their “bickering” over the causes of antisemitism.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
A Westchester college student, in a Jewish Week essay, says the Jewish community needs to hold President Biden to his promises about fixing immigration.
Only one of the following headlines is true. Guess which one:
- “Jewish football student in Ohio forced to eat pork as punishment for missing practice”
- “Florida Congressman wears Groucho glasses to mock Jewish opponent”
- “Marjorie Taylor Greene says vaccine was accidentally released by an Israeli lab”
CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH
In collaboration with Dubbs Weinblatt and their podcast, “Thank You for Coming Out,” the JCC Manhattan presents a virtual conversation with LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer, the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw.” Tonight, 7:00 pm.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Take a look back at how the era of Enlightenment and Absolutism (1648–1806) impacted Jews, featuring scholars Elisheva Carlebach, Michah Gottlieb and David Sorkin. Register here for this Leo Baeck Institute event. 2:00 pm.
Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a conversation with author Sarah Maslin Nir (“Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal”) about her family background, reporting career and identity as the descendant of Holocaust survivors. Register here. 7:00 pm.