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Scott Stringer denies abuse allegation • Adams meets with Orthodox leaders • Feds convict Queens anti-Semite who threatened lawmakers
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Scott Stringer denies abuse allegation • Adams meets with Orthodox leaders • Feds convict Queens anti-Semite who threatened lawmakers

City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer is seen in a new campaign ad, which began airing Wednesday on broadcast, cable and digital. (YouTube)
City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer is seen in a new campaign ad, which began airing Wednesday on broadcast, cable and digital. (YouTube)

 

Lag B’Omer, a day of celebration that falls between Passover and Shavuot, begins tonight. Read how Israelis celebrate the day with bonfires, weddings and carob snacks.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer denied accusations that he sexually abused and harassed a woman two decades ago and said he wouldn’t be dropping out of the mayoral race.

Lobbyist Jean Kim is accusing Stringer of repeatedly groping and kissing her when she said she worked as an unpaid intern in 2001. At a news conference Wednesday, Stringer said he and Kim had a consensual relationship and that Kim was not an intern but a “peer” who volunteered on his campaign for NYC public advocate.

Elyse Buxbaum, Stringer’s wife since 2010 and an executive at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, stood by her husband’s side, saying that she herself was a victim of sexual abuse and “felt safe with him,” Gothamist reports. Stringer is the only Jew among the top mayoral candidates.

In a separate news conference, Kim’s attorney denied that her client had a consensual relationship with Stringer.

Fallout: Jessica Ramos, a state Senator from Queens, said she was rescinding her endorsement of Stringer for mayor. City Council Member Stephen Levin tweeted support for Kim. Mayoral hopefuls Kathryn Garcia and Shaun Donovan have called on Stringer to get out of the race.

Bronx Borough President Eric Adams appeared to earn support in his mayoral bid from haredi Orthodox leaders in Borough Park, Crown Heights, Williamsburg, Staten Island and Queens.

BoroPark 24 reported Wednesday on a meet-the-candidate meeting at the home of Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich, leader of the Munkatcher Hasidic movement in Borough Park, whose attendees included Chanina Sperlin, executive vice president of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council and Moshe David Niederman, executive director of United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburgh, among others.

Why it matters: A nod from a rebbe like Rabinovich or community liaison like Niederman can mean thousands of votes in an election.

The competition: Earlier in the day, Andrew Yang, the businessman and former Democratic presidential candidate, announced endorsements from Hasidic leaders in Borough Park.

A Queens man who referred to Congress as a “Zionist-occupied government” was convicted Wednesday on charges of threatening to “slaughter” lawmakers two days after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Brendan Hunt, 37, also known as “X-Ray Ultra,” of threatening to assault and murder members of Congress. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

In the days after the Capitol riot, the Ridgewood resident posted various threatening social media posts, including a video called “KILL YOUR SENATORS.” In it he rants, “[W]e have to take out these Senators and then replace them with actual patriots. This is a [Zionist Occupied Government],” according to the Department of Justice. The evidence included documents downloaded from the defendant’s electronic devices, including Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

New Jersey is suing a town near Lakewood for alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jews.

The second such lawsuit against the town in less than a year says Jackson Township has been selectively applying local laws and drafting new ones as part of an attempt to push out Orthodox Jews and limit their religious activities, the lawsuit alleges, according to NJ Advance Media. 

Lakewood is the home of a large and growing Orthodox community.

Related: Three yeshiva heads in Lakewood banned a Lag B’Omer concert scheduled there for Friday, saying it is “a form of entertainment that runs contrary to the spirit of Torah scholars.”

What Else

The race is heating up to succeed Helen Rosenthal, the term-limited City Council member representing the Upper West Side.

A synagogue in Efrat has appointed Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis as its sole spiritual leader, the first woman ever to serve in such a role at an Orthodox synagogue in Israel.

The world’s oldest journalist is a 97-year-old British-Israeli man.

Lag B’Omer

A “fashionista and luxury personal shopper” from the Upper East Side tells Chabad.org how a Lag B’Omer celebration inspired her to launch her own luxury chocolate brand.

The Bronx Jewish Center holds a community celebration of Lag B’Omer with a barbeque and music. The event is free, but you must RSVP: office@bronxjewishcenter.org. Social distancing will be observed. 7:00 pm.

Streaming Today

The German-Jewish painter Samson Schames represents a generation of artists who were forced to leave their homes due to Nazi persecution. William Weitzer, executive director of the Leo Baeck Institute, will moderate a discussion about Schames with Annika Friedman from the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and Miriam Bistrovic, Leo Baeck Institute’s Berlin representative. Register here. 2:00 pm.

On May 31 and June 1, 1921, white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma attacked the city’s Black residents and businesses in one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. The Museum of Jewish Heritage program explores Tulsa and its legacy on the eve of the massacre’s centennial. Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour will moderate a discussion featuring Dr. Hasia Diner, professor of American Jewish History at New York University; Hannibal Johnson, author of “Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District,” and filmmaker Jonathan Silvers, director of “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten.” $10 suggested donation. Register here. 7:00 pm.

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