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NYPD tallies surge in antisemitic incidents • Surfside victims and the new Jewish Florida • Stabbed rabbi recovering

Independence Day Fireworks as seen from the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, July 4, 2021. (Duluoz Cats/Flickr Commons)
Independence Day Fireworks as seen from the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, July 4, 2021. (Duluoz Cats/Flickr Commons)

 

Good morning, New York. We hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

TOP STORY

The NYPD investigated 113 reports of possible antisemitic attacks between Jan. 1 and June 27, up from 67 incidents during the same period in 2020. 

THE SURFSIDE TRAGEDY

Among the dead and missing in the collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium is a cross-section of south Florida’s changing Jewish community.

  • The victims include Northeasterners who came south for a fresh start, Jewish emigres from Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America and Orthodox Jews drawn to a burgeoning Chabad.
  • Our partners at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency are reporting on the victims as they are identified.
  • Elsewhere: The tragedy rippled through the Young Judaea community, the Forward reports: Several Jewish victims are from Puerto Rico, where the U.S.-based Zionist youth movement plays an important role in Jewish life.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The Hebrew Free Burial Association of New York is among the groups interring victims of COVID and other causes of death at a temporary morgue in Brooklyn.

  • The city announced plans to close the morgue, which at one point stored 750 bodies, by the end of summer.
  • Quotable: There was way too much death for the system to handle,” Amy Koplow,  executive director of the Hebrew Free Burial Association, tells the Associated Press. “We feel really good that we are able to bury these people who have been unburied and in limbo for so long.”

WHAT ELSE

The rabbi stabbed eight times outside a Jewish day school in Boston on Thursday is home recovering from his wounds.

  • The suspect has been identified as Khaled Awad, 24, a citizen of Egypt who had overstayed his student visa.
  • “I would like to say thank God. A miracle, a great miracle happened to me,” Rabbi Shlomo Noginski, whose serves at the Shaloh House, a Chabad center, told i24 News.

THE ARTS

Ilse Bing is one of the photographers featured in “The New Woman Behind the Camera,” a new exhibit at the Met. Brought up in an affluent Jewish family in Frankfurt, Bing “became known as the Queen of the Leica because she was so talented at street photography,” co-curator Mia Fineman tells BBC Culture.

REMEMBERING

Street artist Hash Halper (born Tzvi Mair Lewis), best known for chalking little hearts on the streets of downtown Manhattan, died on June 11. He was 41. An alumnus of Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Washington Heights and Yeshiva University, “he became something of a downtown folk hero, cherished for his ability to conjure up positivity with a humble shard of chalk,” according to The New York Times.

WHAT WE’RE READING

Author Todd Balf reads the diaries of his workaholic grandfather, a Rye, N.Y. jeweler whose life inspired a short-lived Broadway play but a lifetime of family stories and memories.

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Israel Bonds announced the creation of a New York Medical Division. The new division will focus on generating investment in Israel among New York’s doctors and other healthcare professionals.
WHAT’S ON TODAY

Benny Briga of Tel Aviv’s Café Levinsky and cookbook author Adeena Sussman join Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC to discuss their new cookbook, “Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks.” Learn how Briga layers herbs, flowers and fruit into a glass topped with sparkling soda for phenomenal visual and flavor sensations. Register here. 11:30 am.

Join My Jewish Learning for a talk with author and scholar Dr. Yael Ziegler about her new book, “Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World.” Dr. Ziegler will address the biblical book’s primary themes, such as: How do people progress from despair to hope? How can people maintain faith in God’s justice in a world that seems cruel and unfair? Sign up here. 1:00 pm.

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