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Vax rates lag in NYC Orthodox areas • Concert honors Shoah survivors • Ranked choice voting — with bagels!
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Vax rates lag in NYC Orthodox areas • Concert honors Shoah survivors • Ranked choice voting — with bagels!

(starleigh/Flickr Commons)
(starleigh/Flickr Commons)


Good morning, New York! The citywide primary is just a week away, and we have a special introduction to ranked choice voting.


  • How does ranked choice voting (RCV) actually work? For the first time in a NYC mayoral race, you’ll choose five candidates in total, and rank them on the ballot in order of preference.
  • To introduce you to the concept, we are asking readers to vote for their favorite bagel topping. Vote here using RCV, and later this week we’ll unveil the results and explain how it worked.
  • Remember: You’ll see five choices. Drag the choices into your order of preference, with your first choice on top, followed by your second choice, third choice, etc.
  • Bagel extra: A family of ducks paid a visit yesterday to a Brooklyn bagel store. The videos are adorable.


Read about the crowded City Council race for the 33rd District, which stretches along Brooklyn’s East River waterfront from Greenpoint to Boerum Hill.

  • Candidates include Lincoln Restler, a District Leader who “had my bar mitzvah in a local church with a famed abolitionist history,” and two aides for Stephen Levin, the term-limited incumbent: Elizabeth Adams and Benjamin Solotaire.


Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park are among the state’s 25 zip codes with the lowest rates of coronavirus vaccinations.

  • Williamsburg has the lowest portion of people inoculated against COVID-19 in the city, just 32.7 percent, the New York Post reported.
  • Crown Heights is at 35.3 percent and Borough Park is at 35.8 percent. The statewide vaccination rate is 69.9 percent.
  • Read about vaccine hesitancy and misinformation in heavily Orthodox neighborhoods here and here, and efforts by Orthodox groups to counter the trend here.

Hundreds gathered in a Brooklyn auditorium Monday for a concert honoring Holocaust survivors.

  • The first large gathering for New York-area survivors since the start of the pandemic was organized by the Nachas Health and Family Network.
  • Singer Yaakov Shwekey performed for dozens of survivors in the audience at the the Yeshivah of Flatbush.
  • Quotable: “It’s extremely good for the soul, for the heart, to see people coming out once again and socializing,” survivor Dolly Rabinowitz told the Associated Press.

The Adult Survivors Act, which would give abuse survivors ages 18 and older a one-year window to file civil lawsuits for past sexual abuse, did not get a vote in the New York state Assembly.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) wants Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for comments comparing the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

  • Read her letter here.

Intelligence analyst Mitchell Silber, executive director of the Community Security Initiative, explains how he protects Jews and their institutions in the city, Westchester and Long Island.

  • UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York launched the effort after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. [Sponsored]


The Tenement Museum presents a virtual tour exploring what made the flu of 1918 so devastating and how New York City responded to this global crisis. $10/device; free with Museum membership. 5:00 pm.

92Y presents a conversation with Anne Sebba, who argues in her book, “Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy,” that the convicted spy suffered the death penalty for a crime she hadn’t committed. $20. Buy tickets. 7:00 pm.

The Israel Film Center Festival opens tonight with a screening of “Sublet”on the JCC Manhattan’s Meyerson Family Roof Terrace, 8:00 pm. The 9th edition of the festival, running through June 19, includes a lineup of award-winning and cutting-edge films from Israel, with in-person rooftop and virtual screenings. See the full schedule here.

Join Jewish National Fund-USA for a discussion with Dr. Hedy Wald, a medical educator and daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, on the egregious ethical violations of physicians and the medical establishment in Germany and Austria during the Third Reich. Register here. 8:00 pm.

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