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Ocasio-Cortez under fire for Rabin dis, Israel’s latest grim Covid milestone, our Views from Campus

The Western Wall plaza, usually crowded on the eve of Yom Kippur, was nearly empty Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2020, as Israelis heeded Health Department regulations about gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Twitter)
The Western Wall plaza, usually crowded on the eve of Yom Kippur, was nearly empty Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2020, as Israelis heeded Health Department regulations about gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Twitter)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez withdrew from an event memorializing Yitzhak Rabin after criticism by pro-Palestinian activists.

The popular progressive New York congresswoman had been scheduled to take part in the event organized by Americans for Peace Now, but pulled out after a number of pro-Palestinian groups and figures had lacerated Ocasio-Cortez for agreeing to attend.

Reactions: CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: “@AOC is being attacked for participating in a Memorial Event for Yitzhak Rabin who was literally assassinated by a right-wing Israeli zealot for his peace efforts with the Palestinians, especially Oslo.”

Democratic Majority for Israel tweeted: “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to renege on her agreement to speak at a memorial to Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, who was slain trying to make peace, is wholly wrong and deeply regrettable.”

Michael Koplow of Israel Policy Forum tweeted: “There is no such thing as a peacemaker without war, which is inherently nasty and blood-soaked. There is no such thing as peace without complexity and compromise. This sends a terrible message.”

Israel’s daily coronavirus deaths per capita have surpassed those of the United States, a military task force said in a report published Tuesday morning.

According to the data, Israel’s daily death rate over the last week has been 3.5 per million people, while the US rate was some 2.2 per million. Israel’s coronavirus death toll passed 1,500 on Monday night, Health ministry data showed, with over 500 new deaths recorded in some three weeks.

Related: A law curtailing public protests due to coronavirus regulations was set to move ahead Tuesday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party dropped reservations it had filed against the legislation.

Related: Bnei Brak police broke up a post-Yom Kippur gathering in honor of the Grand Rabbi of the Viznitz chasidic community, attended by hundreds of followers in violation of Covid safety rules.

Two college students developed an app for daily Jewish learning.

In The Jewish Week’s View from Campus section, a profile of Lior Ben-David and Elan Roth — two friends who couldn’t find the Jewish education tool they were looking for — so they made it themselves. “Lishmah” features daily lessons from Jewish educators relating to the Torah Portion, Jewish practices, concepts, and more.

More Views from Campus: Madeline Jutsen, a rising freshman at Muhlenberg College, examines the tough questions facing first-year college students in the age of Covid: show up for classes, learn from home, or take a gap year.

Haley Levine,  a senior at the University of Delaware, writes about the arson attack that struck her campus Chabad House.

“We couldn’t fathom the idea of someone trying to target a place that brought so much love and happiness into the community,” she writes.

Jewish victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket testified in the trial of 14 alleged co-conspirators in the massacre.

Survivors and families of the victims offered “heart-wrenching testimony about the attack,” which came two days after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The New York Times reports.

The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, an organization established in 2016 to build a Holocaust museum in Kyiv, is helping identify the anonymous victims of the 1941 massacre of 33,000 Jews.

JTA reports on the Names Project, which so far has collected data on about 18,000 people who were killed in the ravine outside of the Ukrainian city.

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The New-York Historical Society will honor the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the trailblazing Supreme Court justice and cultural icon with a special exhibition next year. On view October 1, 2021 – January 23, 2022, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” will feature archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives spanning RBG’s varied roles as student, wife to Martin “Marty” Ginsburg, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and internet phenomenon.

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World Jewish Congress marks the one-year anniversary of the 2019 Yom Kippur attack in Halle, Germany with a small, socially distanced event at the synagogue in Halle  the day after Yom Kippur. All are invited to tune into the video livestream. This event comes in advance of the October 9 calendar anniversary of the attack. Spealers include Dr. Felix Klein, Federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism; Max Privorozki, President of the Jewish community of Halle; and Dr. Maram Stern, WJC Executive Vice President. 12:00 pm.

Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust marks the 79th anniversary of the massacre at Babyn Yar. Historian Alti Rodal and strategist Berel Rodal will reflect on the 1941 events, the suppression of memory and attempts at commemoration, and the resonance of Babyn Yar today. The program will be moderated by MJH President and CEO Jack Kliger. $10 suggested donation. 2:00 pm.

The Zamir Choral Foundation and Moment Magazine host a free event in memory of the late Elie Wiesel, Musical Memories of Elie Wiesel. Wiesel served as Honorary Chair of the Zamir Choral Foundation for nearly a quarter century. The free event features a discussion with Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director of the Zamir Choral Foundation; Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief of Moment; Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray; Rabbi Ariel Burger, author of “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom,” and Cantor Joseph Malovany. Registration is on Zoom. 4:30 pm.

The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University presents the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, People of the (Printed/Digital) Book: Printing and the Birth of the Jewish Bookshelf,” by Rabbi Dr. Joseph A. Skloot. Rabbi Skloot, the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at Hebrew Union College in New York, will explore the effects of printing on Hebrew texts and the implications of digitization for Jewish books and their readers. Register at for a program link. 7:30 pm.

Join the Jewish Week and UJA-Federation of New York on Oct. 13, 12:30 pm for a conversation with A.B. Yehoshua, one of Israel’s finest novelists, and Stuart Schoffman, the translator of Yehoshua’s new novel, “The Tunnel.” Recently named an “Editor’s Choice” by The New York Times Book Review, “The Tunnel” is a suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband. Moderated by Sandee Brawarsky, culture editor of The Jewish Week. Free to UJA donors, $18 for new donors. Register here.

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