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Orthodox rally for Trump, Ivanka visits rebbe’s grave, Jewish mayors court Biden voters

Billboards in Times Square accuse 
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner of showing “indifference” to Americans suffering and dying under Covid-19. (Lincoln Project)
Billboards in Times Square accuse Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner of showing “indifference” to Americans suffering and dying under Covid-19. (Lincoln Project)

Over a thousand mostly Orthodox Jews gathered for a rally in support of Donald Trump in Brooklyn on Sunday, using the opportunity to blast Democratic leadership in New York.

Pro-Trump caravans rolled through the streets of Long Island’s Five Towns, in Brooklyn Marine Park, in Rockland County’s Monsey, and in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Times of Israel reports.

Skirmishes broke out between supporters and opponents of Trump as the pro-Trump car rally drove through Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Associated Press reported. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani briefly greeted supporters from the passenger seat of a car driving near Trump Tower during the parade, videos show.

Related: President Trump tweeted thanks to several New York-area charedi Orthodox rabbis who lavished praise on him for having said that houses of worship should remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter was originally released in June but promoted by the Orthodox Mishpacha magazine over the weekend, 10 days before the election.

Polling: More than two-thirds of American Jews, and slightly more than half of all Americans, believe the Republican Party holds a lot or some anti-Semitic views, according to an American Jewish Committee poll released today. Orthodox respondents were much less likely to say the Republican Party holds anti-Semitic views, and see that threat on the left and among Democrats instead.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump threatened to sue anti-Trump Republicans over two huge billboards in Times Square that accuse the senior White House advisers of showing indifference to Americans suffering and dying under Covid-19.

The Lincoln Project responded that the billboards would stay up until Nov. 5, The Guardian reports. 

Related: Ivanka Trump visited the tomb of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on Thursday, reportedly to pray for the reelection of her father. She and Kushner also visited the rabbi’s grave on the eve of the 2016 elections.

Sudan confirmed that it had agreed to normalize ties with Israel in exchange for being removed from the U.S. terror blacklist.

On Friday, President Trump announced that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel. The statement said the deals would cover agriculture, trade, aviation and migration, but did not provide details on the timing or location of the meetings.

Trump said at least another five Arab nations wanted to sign similar agreements, following the lead of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates last month.

Reaction: Israel welcomed the move toward normalization while acknowledging that “it does not represent the same kind of landmark strategic achievement as the peace treaties decades ago with Egypt and Jordan,” The New York Times reports. Government officials there also said that the timing of the announcement was part of the White House’s plans to attract Jewish voters.

The Biden campaign held an online meeting for Jewish mayors featuring Doug Emhoff, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ Jewish husband.

Thursday’s virtual event attracted 65 people, including the following Jewish Democratic mayors: Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles; Steve Adler of Austin, Texas; Andy Berke of Chattanooga; Jacob Frey of Minneapolis; Steven Fulop of Jersey City; Kate Gallego of Phoenix; Libby Schaaf of Oakland; Steve Schewel of Durham, North Carolina; Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, and Miro Weinberger of Burlington, Vermont.

The View From Campus

Naomi Hess, a junior at Princeton University, reports on a seminar given by the campus rabbi and an ACLU official on the Jewish perspective towards mass incarceration. “It exposed me to the massive disparities in the American criminal justice system, right before the nation also grappled with these same themes during a summer filled with much-needed discourse about systemic racism,” writes Hess in a Jewish Week essay.

Around the Agencies

Hartman@Home’s two-week symposium on Judaism, Citizenship & American Democracy continues through Oct. 30, with daytime and evening salons, panels, book talks, and deeper learning opportunities. Presenters include Yehuda Kurtzer, Mijal Bitton, Donniel Hartman, Elana Stein Hain, Micah Goodman, and Rivka Press Schwartz, alongside special guest experts Eitan Hersch, Lila Corwin Berman, Yuval Levin and Yascha Mounk. Register here.

The Center for Jewish History was awarded $1 million by the Blavatnik Family Foundation to support ongoing preservation, digitization, and archival processing of the collections held by the Center’s five in-house partners — the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. It also will cover expenses connected with the Covid-19 crisis, and support the Center’s Fellowship Program, which has hosted almost 140 scholars. The funding will match a Museums for America grant.

Streaming Today

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York Annual Convening
provides philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and leaders with the opportunity to network, learn, and celebrate their work together. Speakers including fashion designer and entrepreneur Rebecca Minkoff, Vanessa Hidary (The Hebrew Mamita), and comedian Rain Pryor. The closing panel will include Ruth Messinger, Rep. Alma Hernández (D-Ariz), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Dr. Anne Moses, president and founder of IGNITE, about the upcoming elections, and how the elections will affect women. Event cost: $54. Oct. 26, 10:00 am – Oct. 27, 1:00 pm.

American Jewish Committee presents Caroline Fourest, a leading French journalist and filmmaker, in conversation with AJC Europe Director, Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, discussing France’s fight against extremism in the name of Islam and all forms of hate. 2:00 pm.

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