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Ramaz alum is Israel’s next president • Rep. Meng presses Biden on fighting hate • Holocaust bill advances
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Ramaz alum is Israel’s next president • Rep. Meng presses Biden on fighting hate • Holocaust bill advances

SAFETY FIRST: NYPD brass met with Jewish leaders at the Grossvardein Shul in Staten Island to discuss  antisemitism and the security needs of the Jewish Community, June 1, 2021. Around the table, left to right, Ari Weiss, chairman, Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island Security Committee, and
coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim; Mendy Mirocznik, president, COJO; Rabbi Tzvi Pollack, the Grossvardein Rav; Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Pollack, Rosh Kollel, Willowbrook Community Kollel; Chief Frank Vega, NYPD, Staten Island Borough commander; and Lt. Rafet Awad, commanding officer, Patrol Borough Staten Island. (Courtesy)
SAFETY FIRST: NYPD brass met with Jewish leaders at the Grossvardein Shul in Staten Island to discuss antisemitism and the security needs of the Jewish Community, June 1, 2021. Around the table, left to right, Ari Weiss, chairman, Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island Security Committee, and coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim; Mendy Mirocznik, president, COJO; Rabbi Tzvi Pollack, the Grossvardein Rav; Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Pollack, Rosh Kollel, Willowbrook Community Kollel; Chief Frank Vega, NYPD, Staten Island Borough commander; and Lt. Rafet Awad, commanding officer, Patrol Borough Staten Island. (Courtesy)

 

Join The Jewish Week’s Andrew Silow-Carroll and author Sam Apple (“Ravenous: Otto Warburg, the Nazis, and the Search for the Cancer-Diet Connection”) in a streaming event from My Jewish Learning, tomorrow, June 3 at 1:00 pm.

TOP STORY

UJA-Federation of New York congratulated Isaac Herzog on his election as 11th president of Israel.

  • Background: “Bougie” Herzog, lately the chairman of the Jewish Agency, attended New York’s Ramaz School when his father Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel, served as Israel’s representative to the United Nations between 1975 and 1978.
  • Quotable: “Bougie is a dear friend and an honorary New Yorker,” said UJA CEO Eric S. Goldstein in a statement. “Since his time as a student at a Jewish day school in Manhattan, he has maintained deep connections to New York, home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel. With his years of experience in Knesset and profound understanding of global Jewry, Bougie is uniquely positioned to fulfill his role as president of the State of Israel, and more broadly as convener of the entire Jewish people.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) is a leader on a letter to President Biden urging him to respond to the rising antisemitism in the United States and around the world. The letter from Democratic and Republican members of Congress asks the administration to swiftly implement Meng’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

  • Quotable: “Just days after we appropriately responded to anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents, we come together to urge a strong response to the rising antisemitism spreading in our country.”

Tali Farhadian Weinstein, candidate for Manhattan district attorney, will host a rally today in the Lower East Side to end antisemitism and anti-Asian American violence. 12:00 pm, at 160 Eldridge Street, corner of Eldridge and Delancey.

bill that would survey how well public schools are teaching about the Holocaust cleared a key state Assembly committee Tuesday despite opposition from the panel’s chair.

  • Why it matters: Lawmakers from both parties rallied around the bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Queens). Republicans had accused Democratic leaders of trying to stall the bill out of fear that it would spark debate between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian lawmakers.

Eight Democratic candidates for mayor will appear at their first live in-person debate tonight, 7-9:00 pm. Watch on WABC Channel 7, streaming platforms, Univision and cable networks. Bloomberg Radio New York will stream the debate on 1130-AM.

A Bronx legal services group sent out an email accusing Israel of “settler colonialism, state violence and sanctioned genocide.”

  • Reaction: Dov Hikind, the former Assemblyman who leads the group Americans against Antisemitism, asked why Bronx Defenders, “a government-funded organization,” is “indulging in such abusive and divisive rhetoric.” The New York Post reports.

Read an explainer on Naftali Bennett, the right-wing politician who could be Israel’s next prime minister.

Flashbacks: Raised in Israel by American immigrants from San Francisco, Bennett moved to the Upper East Side in 2000 to work in high tech, while his wife, Gilat, went to work as a pastry chef at restaurants like Aureole, Amuse and Bouley Bakery.

In a 2013 interview, the Modern Orthodox Bennett described how his “totally secular” wife Gilat first began attending synagogue — a beginner’s service at Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side.

TODAY’S BIG IDEAS

  • At a pro-Palestinian march in Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach, protesters conflate the movement to end police brutality with calls to “free Palestine,” May 18, 2021. (Joe Brusky/Flickr Commons)

    Jews who embrace “woke” ideology have forgotten why Israel was established in the first place, writes Rabbi Avram Mlotek in a Jewish Week essay.

    Liran Yechiel marks the 80th anniversary of the Farhud, the anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad, in a Jewish Week essay. Her father was an eyewitness to the violence, but she still hopes for a day when Iraq, Israel and the global Jewish community are reconciled.

    PEOPLE AND PLACES

    David Bohm of St. Louis is the new board chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

    Local college students took part in volunteer service and learning through Repair the World and Hillel International’s Serve the Moment initiative. Students at Hillel at Brooklyn College continued their afterschool programs for homeless children by transitioning onto an online platform. Students at Kingsborough Community College volunteered at their local Masbia soup kitchen.

    STREAMING TODAY

    Join Howard Maier, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, to learn about about the ill-fated voyage of the SS St. Louis and it passengers, including his own family members. Register here. 1:00 pm.

    Learn about the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy from Libby Copeland, author of “The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are.” Register for this Workers Circle event here. 7:30 pm.

    Hear an update on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at an Israel Policy Forum event featuring Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Register here. 7:30 pm.

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