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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
A large majority of the city’s Democratic voters support policies that would improve secular education at yeshivas.
- The poll was commissioned by YAFFED, a group that advocates for improving secular studies at yeshivas. It found that 84% of registered Democrats — including 90% of non-Hasidic Jewish Democrats — favor requiring nonpublic schools to offer students a basic education in secular subjects that is “substantially equivalent” to what public schools offer, in accordance with New York State law.
- Why it matters: Mayoral frontrunners Eric Adams and Andrew Yang covet endorsements from the haredi Orthodox community, which wants the next mayor to butt out of private schooling. Pollster Craig Charney says the results are a “clear indication” that a majority of voters thinks otherwise.
Some 150 Russian-speaking Jews from the New York area attended what organizers are calling the “first post-pandemic face-to-face conference in North America.”
- The Limmud FSU conference was held June 13 at a conference center in Briarcliff Manor. The event included 12 sessions of Jewish learning and artistic performances.
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar visited the Queens gravesite of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher rebbe, on Sunday.
- Amar and Gilad Erdan, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, marked the 27th anniversary of Schneerson’s passing.
BEYOND THE BOROUGHS
A Jewish couple who left Manhattan for Roslyn Harbor, Long Island were harassed by their neighbor with anti-Semitic threats over a property line dispute.
- A doorbell camera captured the neighbor’s rant on Tuesday, police told NBC New York. The 61-year old man was charged with aggravated harassment due to race, religion or other factors, according to Newsday.
Local boy makes good: Naftali Bennett, Israel’s latest prime minister, lived with his family in Teaneck, New Jersey for two years.
- Bennett was a student at the Yavneh Academy, which moved from Paterson to its current Paramus address during his time there, the Jewish Standard reports. His father was in the States on a two-year. fund-raising stint for an Israeli university.
- JTA has an exclusive: How Bennet keeps his yarmulke on his bald head. (Hint: It involves an invention by a Tel Aviv bus driver.)
We’re craving egg creams, the distinctly New York concoction of Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup, cold milk from a glass bottle, and a long, hard shpritz of seltzer.
- Nosher has a history of the drink, remembering the Jewish immigrant credited with creating the egg cream and where you can get great versions today, from Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain to Juliana’s Pizza.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
Can we ever joke about Anne Frank? Blanket condemnations of Holocaust humor ignore that its victims were real people, and that it is the job of art to find truth by making us uncomfortable, writes Andrew Silow-Carroll.
Who is Liba Yoffe, and why is she in the news?
- She is Joe Biden’s new ambassador to Israel, the first woman nominated for the position.
- She’s an Orthodox mom of four who is competing in the current season of “American Ninja Warrior.”
- She’s the pop star better known as “Pink,” and has a new single coming out.
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PEOPLE AND PLACES
The new podcast, “Just Leading,” hosted by the heads of Leading Edge, Jews of Color Initiative, and the SRE Network, looks at how leaders can model and increase equity and inclusion. The podcast is supported by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; recent guests include Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now; Analucía Lopezrevoredo, founder and executive director at Jewtina y Co; and Anu Gupta CEO of Be More with Anu.
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Tevi Troy, a presidential historian and former White House aide explores the public health impact of COVID-19 on our society and steps to take as the pandemic recedes in the U.S. Register for this streaming Jewish Policy Center program here. Noon.
Michael S. Miller, the outgoing executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, sits down with Gary Rosenblatt, former editor and publisher of The Jewish Week, for a discussion of the state of Jewish communal affairs. Register here. 12:30 pm.
Bring all of your questions about the new Israeli government to a conversation with JTA reporters Ben Sales and Ron Kampeas, joined by 70 Faces Media’s Sharon Weiss-Greenberg. Their conversation will be moderated by deputy managing editor Gabe Friedman. Register here. 1:00 pm.
Young Friends of the Museum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust hosts its annual Sunset Soiree. The virtual fundraising event will feature museum trustee Dr. Ruth Westheimer in conversation with NBC 4 New York Anchor, Adam Kuperstein. Tickets ($72 for Young Friends Members; $100 for non-Members) are available here. 7:00 pm.
Jews of color share their personal stories about Juneteenth, which marks the date, June 19, when news of emancipation reached the last remaining enslaved people in the deepest parts of the American South. Hosted by Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ, with support from the JTS Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice. Register here. 8:00 pm.
Answer to News Quiz: 2.