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Rockets rain on Israel • Local pols, mayoral candidates react • State to issue yeshiva regulations in the fall

Israeli security forces clash with protesters during a protest against Israel's plan to evict Palestinians from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 10, 2021. Itamar Ben-Gvir, a far-right Israeli lawmaker, is at right wearing a white kippah. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Israeli security forces clash with protesters during a protest against Israel's plan to evict Palestinians from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on May 10, 2021. Itamar Ben-Gvir, a far-right Israeli lawmaker, is at right wearing a white kippah. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

 

Terror groups in the Gaza Strip fired a massive barrage of rockets at southern Israel throughout Tuesday.

The Times of Israel reports on the attacks, which wounded at least 24 people and drew deadly retaliatory airstrikes from the Israel Defense Forces. JTA has an explainer about the chaos sparked by looming evictions of Palestinians in an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

Local reactions: “Firing rockets at civilians in Israel is an act of terrorism, period. The latest rocket fire underscores the need for missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, which protects Israeli civilians—both Arabs and Jews—from the terrorism of Hamas.” — Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx)

“An attack on Israel is an attack on the United States. Our nation should stand shoulder to shoulder with our greatest ally in the world as it is indiscriminately targeted by Hamas terrorists launching rockets at innocent civilians.” — Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island)

“I unequivocally condemn the abhorrent terrorist attacks being committed by Hamas and other terrorist groups. There can be no justification for these indiscriminate acts of terrorism…. I also encourage the Government of Israel to halt the unjust eviction of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah.” — Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan)

NYC mayoral candidates weighed in on the violence in Israel.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the people Israel at this time of crisis,” tweeted Bronx Borough President Eric Adams.

“On this Yom Yerushalayim, I stand proudly with Israel,” tweeted businessman Ray McGuire.

“Our world needs leaders who recognize humanity and the dignity of all lives. Whether in NYC, Colombia, Brazil or Israel-Palestine, state violence is wrong. Targeting civilians is wrong. Killing children is wrong. Full stop,” tweeted housing activist Dianne Morales.

“I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists. The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere,” tweeted businessman Andrew Yang.

Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander has provided tens of thousands of dollars in funding to the Shmira Civilian Volunteer Patrol of Boro Park.

Lander, who is running for city comptroller and is in favor of significant cuts to the NYPD’s budget, directed $30,000 to the group from 2011 to 2015, The New York Daily News reports. The report noted that the Hasidic-run civilian patrols have been criticized over the years for some of the same issues as the police, including issues related to race.

Today the Pew Research Center will release the results of its latest major survey of Jewish Americans, its biggest since 2013.

To understand the history of these kinds of surveys and their impact on the Jewish community, the Jewish Week spoke with Andrés Spokoiny, president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network.

Quotable: “Before saying what the study did or didn’t do right, the informed question also is, What can we learn?”

The state Education Department said it will wait until the fall before releasing revised regulations about teaching secular subjects at yeshivas and other parochial schools.

The department issued a report Monday summarizing feedback on an an issue that has become a factor in the mayoral race: whether or not yeshivas are providing their students with “substantial equivalence” in subjects like math and English.

The state gathered feedback from some 500 people in six regional meetings late last year. One parent said the curricula of most yeshivas is “highly academic,” while an alumnus of a yeshiva said that he, his family and their friends “had been unaware of the Regents exams.”

Quotable: “We have an obligation to make sure every child is prepared to be successful in life and be active participants in society, no matter where they attend school.”– Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr.

Reactions: Yeshiva advocates reiterated their calls for independence. “On the legal front, ‘substantially equivalent’ is an abstract term, and state leaders can’t redefine it in a consequential way just because people on social media demand so,” Yossi Gestetner, executive director of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, told Hamodia.

YAFFED, a group seeking to improve secular education at yeshivas, was disappointed by the timing. “This decision will delay the implementation of regulations that would protect New York’s students until at least 2022,” it said in a statement.

Read the full report here.

Adam Sandler inspired IHOP to offer all-you-can-drink milkshakes at any of the chain’s Long Island locations.

The Jewish actor and Brooklyn native tweeted a joke after visiting the chain’s Manhasset location, leading IHOP to offer the Milkshake Mondays promotion, the Forward reports.

Streaming Today

JCRC-NY presents NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a discussion of “How Can New York State Recover from Covid-19?” Moderated by JCRC CEO Michael Miller. Register here. Noon.

A live recording of the American Jewish Committee podcast, “People of the Pod,” features a panel discussing “High Stakes: What’s Next for U.S. Policy on Iran?” Moderated by Seffi Kogen, AJC Global Director, Young Leadership. Register here. Noon.

In an Israel Policy Forum briefing, Neri Zilber (the Washington Institute) will break down the situation in Jerusalem, and Tal Shalev (Walla! News) will examine the road ahead for Israeli politics. To register for the briefing, click here. Webinar ID: 933 6265 3416. 2:00 pm.

Three Brooklynites come together to reminisce about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn: cartoonist and author Roz Chast, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and illustrator Martin Lemelman. Outreach achivist Ariane Loeb presents a selection of highlights from the Center for Brooklyn History’s Brooklyn Jewish History Collection. Register here. 6:30 pm.

Join artist Jacqueline Kott-Wolle for a presentation and discussion of “Growing Up Jewish – Art & Storytelling,” a series of 35 oil paintings and stories about Jewish identity in North America and how it transmits from one generation to the next. Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. $10 suggested donation. Register here. 7:00 pm.

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