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Rockland gets mass vaccination site • Progressives pick a comptroller candidate • A millennial celebrates the Borscht Belt
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Rockland gets mass vaccination site • Progressives pick a comptroller candidate • A millennial celebrates the Borscht Belt

MAH NISHTANA: Captain Mark Getman, director of public affairs for the New York National Guard, explains the holiday of Passover for soldiers, staff and volunteers at the mass vaccination site at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, March 26, 2021. (US Army Photos by Specialist Li Ji)
MAH NISHTANA: Captain Mark Getman, director of public affairs for the New York National Guard, explains the holiday of Passover for soldiers, staff and volunteers at the mass vaccination site at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, March 26, 2021. (US Army Photos by Specialist Li Ji)

 

Brad Lander picked up endorsements by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Jewish Vote, firming up his progressive support in the race for city comptroller.

Lander, a Councilmember representing Park Slope and Borough Park , has a longtime association with Jews For Racial & Economic Justice, which formed the Jewish Vote in 2018 to promote progressive candidates, the Forward reports.

Why it matters: In a crowded field, Lander now has endorsements from key progressives, as well as veterans like Rep. Jerry Nadler on the Upper West Side.

What’s a comptroller?: The City has an explainer, along with a guide to all 10 candidates.

T’ruah is calling on the State Legislature to include $3.5 billion in the state budget to provide income to essential workers who were excluded from stimulus and other COVID-19 relief.

The Excluded Workers Fund would cover undocumented workers and former prisoners who are disproportionately likely to be working in essential jobs, but don’t qualify for stimulus relief.

More than 100 New York rabbis and cantors have signed the letter organized by T’ruah and Jews For Racial and Economic Justice.

Rockland County has gotten a COVID mass-vaccination site.

Leaders in the Mid-Hudson region, home to a large Orthodox Jewish community as well as hard-hit working-class communities, had called on Gov. Cuomo to place a vaccine site in the area, which for the past weeks has shown the highest level of infections in the state.

The site opens today at SUNY Rockland Community College’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse. Vaccines are by appointment only.

A 27-year-old Brooklyn DJ is spinning records celebrating the Borscht Belt.

The Jewish Week talks with Aaron Bendich, who inspired by his late grandfather is starting an hour-long show of Jewish music on Radio Catskill, the public radio station serving the former Jewish vacationland in Sullivan County.

His grandfather “took great joy in knowing I was carrying on his legacy of collecting Jewish music and sharing it with others,” says Bendich.

A new book by Judy Batalion, a New York City writer (and sometime comedian), chronicles the Jewish women, some barely into their teens, who joined the anti-Nazi resistance.

“The Light of Days” is the result of her 12-year odyssey digging through archives and interviewing descendants of the women, who have tended to be overlooked in histories of the Holocaust.

“The importance of telling honest stories about women in the Holocaust and women’s empowerment felt urgent,” says Batalion.

Meet the author: Batalion and Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The Jewish Week, will discuss her book in an online event sponsored by YIVO on April 20, 1:00 pm.

Opinion

Rita Plush, a writer in Queens, remembers the complicated legacy of Coco Chanel, the fashion icon who consorted with the Nazis.

Streaming Today

American Jewish Committee presents analysis of Israel’s fourth election in two years. Join prominent Israeli experts as they dive into what’s next for the Jewish State. Register here. 11:00 am.

Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues host a discussion on Israel’s hotly contested March 23 election and its unexpected results. With Shira Efron, Michael Koplow and Dr. Thabet Abu Ras. To register for the briefing, click here. 2:00 pm.

JCC Manhattan presents a virtual Seder focused on Passover’s themes of freedom and justice, led by JCC Social Justice Activist-in-Residence Ruth Messinger and JCC CEO Rabbi Joy Levitt. Register here. 7:00 pm.

JCRC of NY presents a Passover Food Tasting with members of the New York State Senate. Register here. 8:00 pm.

The Jewish Week and JTA present the North American launch of “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth,” by Israeli actress, producer and writer Noa Tishby. Join us for a conversation with Tishby and Gideon Raff, the creator of the Israeli series that was adapted as the hit Showtime series “Homeland.” Moderated by Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The Jewish Week. Register here. April 6, 4:00 pm.

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