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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Dozens of homeless men will be cleared out of the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side, after a state appeals court ruled against the city.
- Why it matters: The fate of the makeshift, year-old homeless shelter had divided the neighborhood’s Jews, who wound up on both sides of a NIMBY debate.
On second thought: The Jewish Vote, a progressive group, changed its top mayoral endorsement from Dianne Morales to Maya Wiley.
- How come: The group likes the attorney and former MSNBC analyst’s “commitment to the care economy, her willingness to stand up to police unions, her expertise creating & embedding racial equity policies in local govt.”
- Back story: Morales’s campaign staff is defecting over “a tumultuous internal feud over workplace conditions,” per The Daily News and other outlets.
The Queens Jewish Alliance for Action, an Orthodox coalition, endorsed Andrew Yang for mayor.
How come: Queens Assembly Member Dan Rosenthal, who also endorsed Yang, credited the businessman’s “outreach and sensitivity to our values.”
- Keeping score: Yang’s Orthodox endorsers include the two Satmar factions in Williamsburg, influential Hasidc movements in Borough Park and two Brooklyn lawmakers, Kalman Yeger and Simcha Eichenstein.
- Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams is expecting support from the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, and has endorsements from Orthodox leaders in Staten Island and Far Rockaway, the Sephardic Community Federation in Flatbush and the Chabad community in Crown Heights. (h/t Jewish Insider)
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING
Google reassigned its head of diversity (!) over a 2007 blog post saying Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war.”
Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals are getting death threats as they prepare to replace him.
Jon Scheyer, a Jewish player at Duke who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, will replace the legendary Mike Krzyzewski as Duke basketball coach.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
Rabbi Ruth Adar‘s conversion students are asking her if it is safe to become Jewish during a spike in antisemitism. Here’s what she tells them.
We asked Jewish Week readers what people should be talking about around their Shabbat tables, or wherever they gather, this weekend.
- Top topic: “How can Jewish spaces be more welcoming to LGBTQ? How can those of us identifying as straight be better allies?” (Sue Parker Gerson)
- One more: “How has your reentry into society been? Are you anxious or excited?” (Amy Klein)
This week’s Torah portion offers a lesson in gratitude, especially for those who take Israel for granted, writes Fred Ehrman.
- More wisdom: Rabbi David Wolpe says we’d rather feel guilty than admit that fate is arbitrary.
CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH
Celebrate Trans & Non-Binary Pride Shabbat Shabbat with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Jericho Vincent, a post-ultra-Orthodox genderqueer Jew. Livestream: cbst.org/livestream. Tonight, 6:30 pm.
Join Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains and its LGBTQ+ Task Force for its 5th annual Pride Shabbat service. Featuring Dana Kaplan, executive director of Outright Vermont. Stream on Facebook. Tonight, 8:00 pm.
Moving Traditions’ Kol Koleinu Fellowship program presents a virtual workshop on how how language, the gender binary and the environment intersect, conducted by Shoshana Hirschmann and Sasha Azizi Rosenfeld, two Jewish teens from Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Register here. Saturday, noon.
Commonpoint Queens will host its first in-person Sunday Market on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Sam Field Center in Little Neck. Twenty-one vendors from Queens and Long Island will sell food, jewelry, beauty products, art, clothing, tea and more.
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will hold a virtual Memorial Tribute to its founding rabbi, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, who died in December 2020. Rabbi Mordecai Willig will be the keynote speaker. Sunday, 1:00 pm.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present, virtually, “Celebrating the Auschwitz Jewish Center,” a special evening in support of the AJC’s 20 years of work preserving Jewish memory in the town of Oświęcim and educating on the dangers of antisemitism. Sunday, 7:00 pm.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Sivan 24, 5781
Light candles at 8:05 pm.
Torah Reading: Sh’lach: Numbers 13:1 – 15:41
Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24
Shabbat ends 9:14 pm.