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Schumer, Nadler want Cuomo out • Rescue bill includes yeshiva funding • Brooklyn rabbi faces sex charges
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Schumer, Nadler want Cuomo out • Rescue bill includes yeshiva funding • Brooklyn rabbi faces sex charges

A SHOT IN THE ARM: Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the Ezra Medical Center in Boro Park Sunday, March 14, 2020 to speak with Holocaust survivors who were getting their COVID-19 shots. Organizations including UJA-Federation, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council, the Boro Park Y and Ezra Medical Center teamed up to provide the pop-up vaccination site. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
A SHOT IN THE ARM: Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the Ezra Medical Center in Boro Park Sunday, March 14, 2020 to speak with Holocaust survivors who were getting their COVID-19 shots. Organizations including UJA-Federation, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council, the Boro Park Y and Ezra Medical Center teamed up to provide the pop-up vaccination site. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

 

Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler joined calls for scandal-plagued Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down.

Schumer, the Senate majority leader, is the most prominent Democrat so far to call on Cuomo to quit. A majority of the New York congressional delegation, including Nadler, earlier Friday called on Cuomo to step down.

“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Gov. Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Gov. Cuomo should resign.” Schumer said late Friday in a joint statement with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

After successful lobbying by Orthodox Jewish groups and others, Schumer tucked $2.75 billion in aid for private schools into the $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue law.

Nathan J. Diament, public policy director at the Orthodox Union, thanked Schumer. “It’s still the case that 10 percent of America’s students are in nonpublic schools, and they are just as impacted by the crisis as the other 90 percent,” Diament told The New York Times.

Strange bedfellow: New Yorker Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers and a frequent critic of government aid for sectarian schooling, supported the funding, saying “it would be a ‘shonda’ if we didn’t actually provide the emotional support and nonreligious supports that all of our children need right now.”

Pushback: Democratic leaders and public school advocates who have fought efforts to funnel federal money to private schools objected to the funding. The National Education Association expressed “strong disappointment.”

A Brooklyn rabbi who had fled to Israel in 2010 to escape arrest on charges of sexually assaulting children was arraigned in a Brooklyn courthouse on Thursday.

Gershon Kranczer, 65, had eluded authorities for years in Israel before being arrested in January 2020. He was denied bail in his first U.S. court hearing, which took place a day after Kranczer was extradited from Israel.

Background: Kranczer was the principal of Yeshiva Tehila L’Dovid in Midwood before fleeing to Israel. Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez said the abuse of the two children occurred on multiple occasions between August 1996 and February 2003 beginning when the children were 6 and 11 years old.

Related: Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, one of Israel’s best-known rabbis and founder of the Zaka emergency response organization, has been accused of sexually assaulting minors.

While attending a shiva for an associate’s mother, Donald Trump allegedly showed off photos of naked women with him on a yacht.

That’s what Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of the Trump organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, told The New Yorker.

The incident took place before her 2004 wedding to Barry Weisselberg, Allen’s son. Jennifer Weisselberg also said Trump “starts hitting on me,” and that her future father-in-law “didn’t stand up for me.”

Why it matters: Jennifer Weisselberg also said she and her now ex-husband lived rent-free in a Trump property — the kind of questionable business practice that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office might use to try and “flip” Allen and get him to assist them in their probe of Trump’s business dealings.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis, spoke last night at the city’s memorial for the more than 30,000 New Yorkers lost to COVID-19.

“Death may take life, but it cannot take love from us,” said Potasnik at the evening ceremony on the Brooklyn waterfront. “We come here today to remember the many, some of whom we never met, all of whom we must never forget.”

Eisenberg’s, which sold sandwiches and old-school Jewish dishes like egg creams and matzah ball soup in the Flatiron district since 1929, has closed.

Grub Street quoted a source saying the building’s landlord wants to reopen the restaurant at some point, but its future is uncertain. The current owner, Warren Chiu, who bought the deli in 2018, reportedly hadn’t paid any rent since before the start of the pandemic.

The Eisenberg family sold the business, whose motto used to be “raising New York’s cholesterol since 1929,” in the 1970s.

Passover

Cookbook author Naomi Nachman will do a demonstration on how to cook smart with quick and easy Pesach recipes, noon today. The lesson is part of the OU Women’s Initiative’s Pesach Ideas and Inspiration series. Register and see all events in the series here.

The Nosher presents a week of Passover cooking classes with guest chefs from all over the U.S. and Israel. To sign up and receive information about all the classes, click here. Today at noon, Chef Beejhy Barhany of Tsion Cafe in Harlem  will be showing how to make Ethiopian Kik Alicha (yellow split pea stew) and sharing stories about traditional Ethiopian Passover traditions.

Streaming Today

Join author Ayala Fader (Fordham University) in conversation with Michal Kravel-Tovi (Tel Aviv University) about her book, “Hidden Heretics,” a revealing look at Jewish men and women who secretly explore the outside world, in person and online, while remaining in their ultra-Orthodox religious communities. Register here with the Center for Jewish History. 4:00 pm.

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County presents a talk by Dr. Joe Halio, the president of the Foundation of Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, who will draw from a recently republished first-hand account by Dr. Albert Menache to explore the destruction of Salonica’s Jewish community, a center of Sephardic life and culture. Register here. 6:30 pm.

To mark Ruth Bader Ginsberg‘s 88th birthday, the first since her passing, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Opera Philadelphia and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music are celebrating with performances of some of her favorite opera arias. Register here. 8:00 pm.

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