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Surfside victims buried in Queens • Brad Lander holds lead for comptroller • David Geffen’s gift to Israel

Author Sydney Taylor, second from right, with her sisters Ella, Gertie and Henny at Camp Cejwin. Taylor based her classic "All-of-a-Kind Family" children's books on the sisters' adventures growing up on the Lower East Side. (From the private collection of Jo Taylor Marshall)
Author Sydney Taylor, second from right, with her sisters Ella, Gertie and Henny at Camp Cejwin. Taylor based her classic "All-of-a-Kind Family" children's books on the sisters' adventures growing up on the Lower East Side. (From the private collection of Jo Taylor Marshall)

 

TOP STORY

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams claimed victory in the Democratic mayoral primary as the city Board of Elections on Tuesday released the latest tabulation of ranked-choice votes. The former police captain would be the city’s second Black mayor if elected.

THE SURFSIDE TRAGEDY

Tzvi Ainsworth and Ingrid “Itty” Ainsworth, victims of the Florida building collapse, were laid to rest after a ceremony in Crown Heights.

  • The couple, in their mid-60s, had seven children and moved to South Florida several years ago to be closer to the children and grandchildren who lived there.
  • Following a service Tuesday at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, the couple was intered at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, KWEB reports.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

A new biography is the first of Sydney Taylor (née Sarah Brenner),  whose “All-of-a-Kind Family” series has delighted generations of young readers with its tales of five Jewish sisters growing up on the Lower East Side.

Following an outcry, a woman who received her rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Maharat in New York got her teaching job back at a leading Orthodox institution in London.

  • The London School of Jewish Studies had banned Rabba Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz from teaching because it considered her studies at the Orthodox egalitarian rabbinical school out of bounds.
  • What changed: “We have concluded that our academic fellows are not religious appointments – and therefore should be made on the basis of academic merit. As such, we are delighted to restore Dr. Taylor-Guthartz’s academic research fellowship,” the school said in a statement.

Music mogul and Borough Park native David Geffen has endowed the auditorium at the new home of the The National Library of Israel. The David Geffen Auditorium will seat 480 people when the campus near the Knesset in Jerusalem opens next year.

WHAT ELSE

Jewish students at the University of Chicago are grieving after two campus leaders were killed in separate tragedies.

REMEMBERING

Edythe “DeeDee” Benel, who for 30 years was the Director of Community Outreach and Programming at the Ramaz Upper School, died June 30. Before she announced her retirement last year, she helped organize countless hesed events, including awareness programs for breast cancer, domestic violence, hospital patients, disaster victims, Israel and veterans. During the pandemic, she and students sent food packages to health workers in hospitals throughout the city.

Hollywood director Richard Donner, whose diverse array of hits included “The Omen,” “Superman,” “Lethal Weapon” and “The Goonies,” died July 5 in Los Angeles. He was 91. Richard Donald Schwartzberg was born in the Bronx and grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Fifteen additional titles are being added today to the streaming platform of the Israel Film Center. The additions include major titles from arthouse distributors Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber, including “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” “The Last Resort” and “Keep the Change.” The center is run out of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s Carole Zabar Center for Film.

The Shalom Hartman Institute’s Summer Symposium, “A Torah of Possibility,” has begun with more than 50 free sessions over the next two weeks. To see the schedule and join one session or more, register here.

The Orthodox Union awarded $100,000 in grants to 35 synagogues for activities intended to welcome people back to shul as the pandemic eases.

  • Local grantees include Beth Haknesseth Ohr Hamizrach in Brooklyn; Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead; Young Israel of the West Side; Lido Beach Synagogue; The Jewish Center in Manhattan;Young Israel of Scarsdale; Young Israel of Great Neck, and the BACH Jewish Center in Long Beach.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

Join the Tenement Museum on a virtual visit to the home of the Epstein Family in the 1950s, where Kalman and Rivka Epstein lived as refugees after surviving the Holocaust. $10/device; free with museum membership. Register here. 5:00 pm.

CORRECTION

An item yesterday about “The New Woman Behind the Camera,” a new exhibit at the Met, misspelled the name of a photographer. Her name is Ilse Bing, not Isle Bing.

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