Good morning, New York! Tomorrow is primary day. Find The Jewish Week’s coverage of the mayoral campaign and other races here.
‘THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR”
A podcast about a Jewish psychiatrist on the Upper West Side who takes control of the life of one of his Jewish patients is being made into a limited TV series.
- Paul Rudd stars as Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, the psychiatrist, and Will Ferrell as Marty Markowitz, the patient whose life he takes over, in the fall’s eight-episode adaptation on Apple+.
- Read the Jewish Week’s story about Markowitz, who describes how the psychiatrist insinuated himself into the New Yorker’s family and business life over some 30 years.
- What’s the opposite of “kvelling”?: Herschkopf used to write an occasional column for The Jewish Week.
A leaked video on social media shows City Council candidate Zack Weiner engaged in kinky sex play.
- Weiner, 26, a graduate of the Ramaz Jewish high school and candidate for the Upper West Side’s District 6, called the video a “distraction.”
- The footage, showing Weiner gagged and tied up, was flagged to the news outlet by Weiner’s own campaign manager.
- “Whoops,” Weiner wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t want anyone to see that, but here we are.”
Read about the highly competitive City Council race in Brooklyn’s 39th District (Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Borough Park), where seven prominent candidates are hoping to succeed comptroller candidate Brad Lander.
Speaking of comptroller, The New York Times explains why the elected position is so important.
Nine Democrats are running to succeed term-limited incumbent Karen Koslowitz in District 29, representing Queens’ Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park nd Richmond Hill neighborhoods.
- The big issues: The redesign of Queens Boulevard, the construction of a new jail in Kew Gardens, and a lack of health-care access for the elderly, Gotham Gazette reports.
- Read the Jewish Week’s profile of David Aronov, who hopes to be the first Bukharian Jew to represent the district.
A candidate for Council District 23 in Queens is facing heat over profane tweets aimed at women.
- Steve Behar has the endorsement of incumbent Barry Grodenchik, who is retiring.
- The Daily News reported Behar’s social media posts, in which he used the B-word and C-word to describe women, and defended then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from charges of sexual misconduct.
- The Jewish angle: Behar defending calling a local woman a “Nazi [C-word],” saying,“All I can say is if the worst thing I’ve done is curse out white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then I’m OK with that.”
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and mayoral candidate Maya Wiley marked the end of Shabbat Saturday at an event in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.
- “Around her were several people in Wiley campaign gear, including her family’s rabbi,” Ellen Lippmann, New York reports. Wiley and her husband Harlan Mandel were members of Brooklyn’s Kolot Chayeinu, she told the Jewish Week in April.
- The Jewish Vote, a project of the progressive JFREJ, originally endorsed Dianne Morales, but switched to Wiley when Morales’ campaign began to falter.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York Attorney General Letitia James said she reached agreements ending housing practices that were designed to prevent Hasidic Jews from moving to Chester, New York.
- Friday’s agreements mandate that Orange County and the town comply with the Fair Housing Act and take preventative measures to ensure equitable housing practices moving forward.
- Background: A developer’s 2019 lawsuit alleged that the town and county tried to prevent Hasidic Jewish families from moving to Chester by blocking the construction of a housing development.
- Reaction: “Attorney General James is sending a strong message that anti-Jewish sentiment will not be tolerated in New York, and we are fortunate that she is a relentless advocate for our community.” — Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York
The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an incident in Midtown, in which three teens grabbed the hat of a Hasidic Jew and demanded that he yell, “Free Palestine!”
- In Thursday’s incident, the 20-year-old victim did as the teens said, “but they still did not return his hat and took off on bicycles,” the New York Post reported.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Natan Sharansky honors the memory of those killed at Babi Yar, where between 1941 and 1943 the Nazis shot between 70,000 and 100,000 people. Moderated by David Harris, CEO of the American JEwish Committee. Register here. 12:00 pm.
Kulanu presents Laurent Elouna, discussing his journey from Evangelical bishop to leader of the Jewish communities in Cameroon. Sign up here. 1:00 pm.
Learn with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond about the significance of the taharah ritual, during which the body of the deceased is prepared for burial. Register for this Jewish Theological Seminary event here. 2:00 pm.
YIVO’s Yiddish Civilization Lecture Series begins today with a talk by Samuel Kassow on Oyneg Shabes, the secret archive in the Warsaw Ghetto. Delivered in Yiddish. Register for this Zoom event here. 4:30 pm.