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Schumer shown fleeing rioters • Andrew Yang courts yeshiva voters • Brooklyn diner sells a pizza babka

Security video shown during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump shows Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer running from rioters at the Capitol building on January 6. (CSPAN)
Security video shown during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump shows Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer running from rioters at the Capitol building on January 6. (CSPAN)

 

New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang waded into the debate over the push for secular education at yeshivas.

In a statement to the Jewish Week, the former Democratic presidential candidate said “we shouldn’t interfere with their religious and parental choice as long as the outcomes are good.”

Haredi Jewish advocates for a hands-off approach welcomed his remarks; critics of subpar secular education at private Jewish schools were appalled. Hannah Dreyfus reports.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was shown in a video just feet away from the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last month.

On the second day of the former president’s impeachment trial, dramatic video shows lawmakers hustling through the hallways as rioters breached the building. Schumer is seen heading down a hallway in the direction of the rioters, then quickly being turned around by security.

“Today’s presentations in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump have been gut wrenching,” the New York Democrat tweeted. “The Capitol Police—including my detail and the entire force—are amazing. Every Senator and the whole country owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Rachel B. Gross thinks sociologists and communal leaders are looking for American Judaism in all the wrong places.

In a new book, the Jewish studies scholar says Jews are finding meaning outside of institutions like synagogues and federations, and are having deeply religious experiences at Jewish delis, museums and in the pages of children’s books.

“Important Jewish religious moments aren’t just the ones that are big and heralded,” Gross tells the Jewish Week.

Related (sort of): A Brooklyn diner is serving pizza babka, which features shredded mozzarella, pepperoni and garlic butter.

Rabbi Yosie Levine of The Jewish Center in Manhattan says you have a moral obligation to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Torah insists that we take an active role in the rescue of those in danger,” writes the Orthodox rabbi. “Our state won’t compel us to get the vaccine. But our conscience should.”

Related: One in 73 haredi Orthodox Jews in Israel over the age of 65 has died of COVID in the past year — more than four times the number in the same cohort of the general population — according to a new report.

Related: Facebook deleted a group associated with a popular Israeli rabbi that peddled fake news about the pandemic and the immunizations.

Related: Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is in talks with COVID-19 vaccine makers to co-produce some shots.

Director Steven Spielberg won the 2021 Genesis Prize, the award nicknamed the “Jewish Nobel.”

The award “honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values.” The three-time Oscar winner is founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, which preserves Holocaust survivor testimonies and which he created in the wake of the acclaim for his 1993 Holocaust film, “Schindler’s List.”

An Israeli company said it produced the world’s first “slaughter-free steak,” using a mix of 3-D printing technology and real cow cells.

The “bio-printing” process takes live cells and replicates them to mimic a natural organism or product, according to Aleph Farms. The startup boasted that the product tastes like “a delicious tender, juicy ribeye steak you’d buy from the butcher,” Bloomberg reported.

Streaming Today

Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center presents Mark Harris, author of “Mike Nichols: A Life,” in a discussion of the comedian and director’s transformation from a lonely outsider to the center of the American cultural universe. Moderated by SiriusXM’s Jessica Shaw. Register here. 6:30 pm.

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