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NJ Hitler impersonator meant no harm • Columbia avoids Rosh Hashanah conflict • AOC endorses Maya Wiley
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NJ Hitler impersonator meant no harm • Columbia avoids Rosh Hashanah conflict • AOC endorses Maya Wiley

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer served a shift at Hunky Dory, a restaurant in Brooklyn, during a rally for One Fair Wage, an organization dedicated to raising the minimum wage, June 6, 2021. (Twitter)
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer served a shift at Hunky Dory, a restaurant in Brooklyn, during a rally for One Fair Wage, an organization dedicated to raising the minimum wage, June 6, 2021. (Twitter)

 

Good morning, New York!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Columbia University changed its fall start date to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.

  • The holiday is Sept. 6 and 7, the Tuesday and Wednesday immediately following Labor Day. Classes won’t start until Thursday, Sept. 9.
  • Quotable: “Holding classes on a religious holiday is quite normative at Columbia. This decision thus represents an exception to ensure that this most welcome return will include everyone.” – Registrar Barry S. Kane, in an email.
  • Background: Columbia/Barnard Hillel alerted the administration to the conflict, according to its executive director, Brian Cohen.

The story about the New Jersey fifth-grader who wrote an essay about Hitler got more complicated. 

  • A local rabbi, Jordan Millstein, said he has been in touch with the child’s parents, immigrants who do not speak English. Millstein said there was no antisemitic intent when the child wrote the essay and dressed up as Hitler for the class assignment on notable people.
  • Quotable: The student was “trying to understand hate, and then people on social media jumped to conclusions,” Millstein told NBC NY.
  • Repercussions: A teacher and the principal at the Tenafly school have been placed on paid leave. The school board is investigating but says that the student’s homework assignment was taken out of context.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) endorsed Maya Wiley for mayor Saturday.

  • Why it matters: The prominent progressive’s nod is a big boost for Wiley, a civil rights attorney running to the left of centrists like Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia and Eric Adams.
  • Reaction: Adams, a former cop, pushed a law-and-order message in response to the endorsement, saying AOC and Wiley “want to slash the police department budget” when “hate crimes are terrorizing Asian and Jewish communities.”
  • Response: “We must reject the false choice between reform and over-policing,” said Wiley. “I know we can keep New Yorkers safe without resorting to the same policing tactics that have terrorized Black and brown communities.”
  • Related: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) blamed anti-Israel criticism by AOC and others in his party for the recent spike in antisemitism.

UJA-Federation and NYC Council Member Mark Treyger are sponsoring a virtual rally to increase support services for Holocaust survivors.

    • City Council members will speak in support of the Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative , which asks for $4 million in support services in the FY22 budget. Today, 12:30 pm. RSVP here.

REQUIRED READING

Read about a fight to keep Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Jewish identity front and center on Wikipedia.

  • JTA’s Asaf Shalev reports on Polish nationalists who want to refer to the Nobel Prize winner as “Polish-American,” and the Wikipedia warriors who want him described as a Jewish author.

In a Vice essay, ex-Hasid Frimet Goldberger looks for a “logical explanation for my former community’s resistance to basic, commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Mental Floss marks the 60th anniversary of “Catch-22,” Joseph Heller’s classic novel about World War II. Fun fact: “Heller went through four numbers for the book’s title before landing on 22.”

Read about the couple who met through New York’s Jewish Museum.

NEWS QUIZ

(Janice Hwang)

Rappers Bhad Bhabie and Lil Yachty just invested $1 million in what?

1/ Fast and Furriers, an Israeli-run service for same-day delivery of fur coats.

2/ Lox Club, a Jewish dating app for people “with ridiculously high standards.”

3/ Club Sandwich, a members’-only Jewish delicatessen in Miami Beach.

(See answer below)

WHAT’S ON TODAY

Commonpoint Queens presents a talk by former federal prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks, author of “The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President.” $8 member/$10 non-member. Register here. Noon.

Join Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz to explore the reality of Jewish exile, the dream of return and how this dream was adapted and transformed with the emergence of modern Zionism and a thriving Jewish diaspora. 2:00 pm.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust presents a virtual discussion on Facebook Live with Assemblymember Nily Rozic and State Senator Anna M. Kaplan about their proposed legislation requiring an examination of how the Holocaust is taught in the state’s schools. 5:00 pm.

The Broadway Comedy Club presents the 23rd annual Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest. Contestants must bring five paying audience members for five minutes of stage time. 318 West 53rd street. 8:30 pm.

Answer to News Quiz: 2.

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