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Satmar wedding limits guest list, Jews back Biden 75-25, ‘Joint’ names its 1st woman CEO
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Satmar wedding limits guest list, Jews back Biden 75-25, ‘Joint’ names its 1st woman CEO

Israelis on the beach in Tel Aviv during the nationwide lockdown, Oct. 15, 2020. Israel’s “coronavirus cabinet” decided Thursday that the country is ready to begin lifting some of the strict lockdown restrictions designed to bring down an alarming second wave of Covid-19 infections. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90, via JTA)
Israelis on the beach in Tel Aviv during the nationwide lockdown, Oct. 15, 2020. Israel’s “coronavirus cabinet” decided Thursday that the country is ready to begin lifting some of the strict lockdown restrictions designed to bring down an alarming second wave of Covid-19 infections. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90, via JTA)

Join Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The Jewish Week, in a conversation tonight, 8:00 pm, with Max Gross, author of “The Lost Shtetl,” a debut novel about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists — until now. Presented by the Boswell Book Company. Register here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is getting her own statue in her native Brooklyn.

Gov. Cuomo said in a statement that the statue honoring the late Jewish Supreme Court justice would be somewhere in Brooklyn. The New York Times reported Thursday on other initiatives to honor Ginsburg, including a bronze statue to be erected next year at a Brooklyn development. New York City last month named a municipal building in Brooklyn for Ginsburg.

Among the 19 people Cuomo named to a statue commission are Ginsburg’s daughter and two granddaughters; Irin Carmon, the Jewish journalist and Ginsburg biographer who helped make popular Ginsburg’s late-in-life sobriquet, “Notorious RBG”; Nina Totenberg, the Jewish NPR judiciary reporter who was a close friend of Ginsburg’s; and a number of her former clerks.

A wedding in Brooklyn’s Satmar chasidic community will be for family only after New York officials warned that large crowds would violate coronavirus restrictions.

State health officials had issued a formal public health order putting a stop to the large gathering expected at the Williamsburg wedding of the grandson of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum.

The synagogue where the wedding is set to take place, Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, issued a statement over the weekend saying that the wedding would be for family members only, with a telephone hookup for well-wishers — and said, despite earlier notices to the contrary, that that had always been the plan. “It’s sad that nobody verified our plans before attacking us,” the statement says.

RelatedMayer Rispler, 70, a prominent Satmar lay leader who called for Orthodox Jews to follow New York City’s health regulations during the pandemic’s first wave this spring, has died of Covid-19.

Chatter: New Yorkers of various backgrounds criticized charedi Orthodox protests of Covid-19 restrictions, saying they invited an anti-Jewish backlash and tarred a diverse Orthodox community.

Seventy-five percent of American Jews plan to vote for Joe Biden, according to the latest poll.

The poll by the American Jewish Committee, conducted Sept. 9-Oct. 4, has a margin of error of 4.2%. It finds that 75% say they’ll vote for Biden, and 22% for Trump.

The AJC says: “Trump is preferred by 74% of Orthodox, 23% of Conservative, 20% of Reform, 3% of Reconstructionist, and 14% of Secular Jews. Biden is the choice of 18% of Orthodox, 72% of Conservative, 78% of Reform, 93% of Reconstructionist, and 83% of Secular Jews.”

Israel’s tally of active coronavirus cases dipped below 30,000 on Monday morning for the first time since Sept. 8, with virus infection levels staying low as Israel emerged from a monthlong nationwide lockdown.

The figures came as Israel on Sunday began easing a monthlong closure that has managed to curb runaway infection rates but has shuttered much of the economy and paralyzed many aspects of life for much of the population. The Times of Israel reports.

The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, the largest American Jewish weekly west of New York, has ceased print production as of its Oct. 16 issue and will become an online-only publication.

According to recent figures, the free weekly had a pre-pandemic circulation of 50,000 printed copies, shared by an estimated 150,000 readers.

Twitter will now ban posts that deny the Holocaust.

The social media giant’s decision followed an announcement by Facebook last Monday that it would ban Holocaust denial.

“We strongly condemn anti-semitism, and hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We also have a robust ‘glorification of violence’ policy in place and take action against content that glorifies or praises historical acts of violence and genocide, including the Holocaust.”

Twitter has taken an especially tough stance on disinformation recently, appending warnings to tweets by President Trump sharing false information, violent content or conspiracy theories. The network also recently blocked an unsubstantiated article about Joe Biden from the New York Post, before saying similar content would be allowed with a warning attached.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee named Ariel Zwang as its next CEO, the first woman to hold the position in the Jewish humanitarian organization’s history.

Ariel Zwang (Courtesy JDC)

Zwang is the CEO of Safe Horizon, which provides social services for victims of abuse and violent crime. According to a JDC release, Zwang oversees a staff of 1,000 and a $100 million budget. She previously served as executive director of New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteering organization.

Zwang is the current vice president of B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan and has held a variety of lay roles at UJA-Federation of New York.

JDC works in 70 countries assisting poor Jewish communities and responding to crises affecting Jews and non-Jews. Like other nonprofits during the pandemic, JDC has cut staff and drawn from its endowment to cover shortfalls to its $373 million budget.

She’ll succeed David Schizer, who in 2019 announced his return to the faculty at Columbia Law School.

Amanda Pogany, head of school at Luria Academy in Brooklyn, received The Covenant Foundation’s 2020 Covenant Award.

The award, one of highest honors in the field of Jewish education, was presented Sunday in a virtual ceremony. Pogany was cited for the  “integral role” she played in the implementation of Luria’s five-year strategic plan, overseeing Luria’s inclusion program for students with special needs, and growing the school’s population, which during her tenure has tripled, from 97 students to over 300.

In her acceptance speech, Pogany said that being an educator means “building spaces that see and support the whole child—who they are, what they need, and how they learn.”

The other winners were Maxine (Max) Segal Handelman, Director of Family Life & Learning, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Illinois, and Russel M. Neiss, senior product engineer, Sefaria.

The Covenant Foundation is a program of the Crown Family Philanthropies. Each of the 2020 recipients received $36,000 and each of their institutions, $5,000.


Election Day 2020 is a test of American democracy and Jewish values, writes veteran communal leader John Ruskay. “I am horrified by Republican efforts at the state and federal level, in legislatures and the courts, to weaken if not eviscerate the sacred right of every American to vote,” he writes in a Jewish Week essay.

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Hartman@Home fall 2020 programming begins with a two-week symposium, beginning today, on Judaism, Citizenship & American Democracy. Register here to gain free access to daytime and evening sessions including salons, panels, book talks, and deeper learning opportunities with Hartman scholars like Mijal Bitton, Donniel Hartman, Elana Stein Hain, Micah Goodman, and Rivka Press Schwartz, alongside special guest experts Eitan Hersch, Lila Corwin Berman, Yuval Levin and Yascha Mounk. Tonight’s keynote address is by Yehuda Kurtzer, exploring the responsibilities of citizenship and the burdens and privileges of belonging. 8:30 pm.

T’ruah presents “Violence & Non-Violence in the Judaic Tradition,” a book symposium on “Passionate Pacifist: Essential Writings of Aaron Samuel Tamares,” edited, translated and introduced by Everett Gendler (Teaneck: Ben Yehuda Press, 2020). Gendler, a Conservative rabbi known as the “father of Jewish environmentalism,”  was recently awarded the Presidents’ Medallion from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion “in recognition of a lifetime commitment to social justice and environmentalism.” Panelists include Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah; Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; and Shira Billet, a postdoctoral fellow in Judaic Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. Register here. 5:00 pm.

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