Far-right politician Naftali Bennett accepted an offer from centrist Yair Lapid to lead a new Israeli government, which would oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power.
- Meet Naftali Bennett, the son of American immigrants who might be Israel’s next prime minister.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The Far Rockaway Jewish Alliance, an Orthodox group in Queens, endorsed Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for mayor, Yeshiva World reports.
The New York Times devoted a good part of its front page Friday to photographs of children, mostly Palestinian, killed in the latest Israel-Hamas war.
- “The Times’ feature on the children killed in the latest conflict didn’t feel like journalism. It felt like ‘op-art’ or agitprop,” writes Andrew Silow-Carroll.
Rabbi David Wolpe reminded New York Times readers that “the Jewish relationship to Israel did not begin in 1948” and “stretches back dozens of generations.”
Paul Lebowitz, a Staten Island EMT, says he was assaulted by a Palestinian man and suffered a concussion during a family trip to Las Vegas last week, 4 New York reports.
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s courts reporter, writes about a Clubhouse chat room called “Meet Palestinians and Israelis,” a place where “two sides can listen to one another,” and actually do.
The Nosher includes Edith’s, Elyssa Heller’s new eatery in Williamsburg, in its survey of “6 Jewish delis run by women that you need to know about.”
The chancellor of Rutgers University condemned antisemitism and then, following protests from a pro-Palestinian student group, apologized for the condemnation.
Bill Maher spent nearly 10 minutes of his HBO talk show Friday night defending Israel.
A Nashville hat shop apologized for selling yellow star of David patches opposing coronavirus vaccination policies.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
Elisha Wiesel, in a Jewish Week essay, says his father Elie Wiesel would have implored today’s American Jews not to stay silent in the face of the recent spike in antisemitism.
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Join a World Jewish Congress WebTalk with Dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, author, historian, and digital curator of the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum; and Doreen Dangoor, who lived through the events of the Farhud, to mark 80 years since the massacre of Iraqi Jewry. Register here. 11:00 am.
Join a conversation about the rise in antisemitic incidents in the aftermath of the violence in Israel and Gaza, with JTA reporters Ben Sales, Cnaan Liphshiz and Ron Kampeas, moderated by JTA editor in chief Philissa Cramer. Register here. 1:00 pm.
Join author Martha Gershun (“Kidney to Share”), in conversation with American Jewish University’s Rabbi Elliot Dorff and Dr. Ron Wolfson, to explore Judaism’s perspective on organ donations. Register here. 3:00 pm.
Park Avenue Synagogue and UJA-Federation present “Understanding and Confronting Anti-Semitism”; a panel of experts will share an analysis of current conspiracy theories and ongoing threats in NYC and beyond and discuss how to best address them. Register here. 7:00 pm.
Watch a performance of “YAG,” Batsheva Dance Company’s first production adapted especially for the screen. $25. Streaming on demand through June 2 at 11:59 pm.
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, Thursday, June 3 at 1:00 pm.