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Who leaked Mike Bloomberg’s taxes? • Nadler rips Ilhan Omar for equating Israel with Hamas • How to meet Shira Haas
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Who leaked Mike Bloomberg’s taxes? • Nadler rips Ilhan Omar for equating Israel with Hamas • How to meet Shira Haas

Mike Bloomberg speaks at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2020. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Mike Bloomberg speaks at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2020. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

 

Chodesh tov, New York! The Hebrew month of Tammuz begins today and tomorrow; read about the minor (but beloved!) holiday that marks the beginning of every Hebrew month.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Mike Bloomberg is vowing to catch whoever leaked his tax records showing he paid 3.7% on $1.9 billion in income in 2018.

  • A ProPublica investigation sparked a national conversation about how billionaires like Bloomberg get away, apparently legally, with tiny tax bills.
  • In a statement, a spokesperson said NYC’s former mayor would act to discover who was responsible for the unauthorized release of his private financial records, and noted that “what Mike gives to charity and pays in taxes amounts to approximately 75% of his annual income.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan) joined Jewish colleagues in condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar for comparing the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

  • What she said: “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar, the Minnesota Democrat, tweeted Monday.
  • Backlash: Nadler and 11 of the 25 Jewish Democrats in the House issued a statement saying, “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided.”
  • Why it matters: Democrats, including Nadler, have been critical of the Netanyahu government, but are anxious to draw the line in the face of right-wing charges that the party has turned its back on Israel.

The Tenement Museum will celebrate its reopening with a block party on June 12.

  • The Lower East Side museum was hit hard by the pandemic, furloughing staff and laying off tour guides and other part-time workers.
  • New direction: Responding in part to staff complaints during the Black Lives Matter protests, the museum — which presents the stories of German, Irish, Italian and Eastern European Jewish families — is researching its first apartment recreation dedicated to a Black family, and will offer a neighborhood walking tour called “Reclaiming Black Spaces.”
  • Quotable: “We’re discovering ourselves again, and trying to figure out who we are,” Annie Polland, the museum’s president, tells The New York Times. “Once you start looking for this history, it’s all around us.”

Customers at a kosher pizzeria in Brooklyn subdued a man who went on a rampage.

  • Surveillance video from Bash in Flatbush shows a man flipping tables and throwing objects. The suspect is now in custody, after being tackled by patrons and held until the police arrived, CBS 2 reports.

NYC ELECTIONS

The Satmar Hasidic faction led by Aaron Teitelbaum endorsed Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams for mayor, The Forward reported.

  • The endorsement is a setback for Andrew Yang, who thought he had the support of both Satmar factions. The strict Hasidic movement, with outposts in Williamsburg and upstate Kiryas Joel, split in a succession battle in 2006.

The final mayoral debate before early voting is tonight, but Adams won’t take part.

Amber Adler, an Orthodox Jewish woman running for City Council in Brooklyn’s District 48, said she is facing an uphill battle in part because Orthodox-run magazines and newspapers in her neighborhood “refuse to publish her photo.” Politico reports.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed civil rights attorney Tahanie Aboushi, a fellow progressive, for Manhattan district attorney.

THE ARTS

Israeli actresses Alena Yiv, left, and Shira Haas play a mother and daughter in “Asia,” an award-winning Israeli film now seeing a U.S. release. (Courtesy of Menemsha Films)

Israeli actress Shira Haas (“Shtisel,” “Unorthodox”) will introduce her new film “Asia” at its Film Forum premier on Friday and Saturday.

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Rabbi Charles Savenor, the Director of Congregational Education at Park Avenue Synagogue, will receive the inaugural “Maimonides Award for Excellence in Jewish Education” from the California-based Community Scholar Program at a virtual ceremony on Sunday. Last month, Rabbi Savenor announced he’ll be leaving Park Avenue Synagogue when his contract expires on June 30, 2022.

  • Quotable: “Over the course of his decades-long career, Rabbi Savenor has been at the forefront of innovative approaches to leadership development and educational initiatives, including travel education,” CSP said in a statement.

NYC’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade is canceled this year due to COVID, so the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York honored “marchers” who submitted videos. The winner of the 2021 Harvey Kaylie Award for Outstanding (Virtual) Marching Group is The Moise Safra Center (click here to see their submission). Runners up are Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR) and Hebrew Public-Language Charter Schools.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

Elaine Leeder, retired dean and professor at Sonoma State University, will discuss the politics of sexuality of eight Jewish women who identified as anarchists, active during the 1920s to 1950s. Register for this YIVO event here. 1:00 pm.

Howard Mortman discusses his book “When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill.” Register here for this Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council event. 3:00 pm.

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance for a concert featuring Sharabi, a Yiddish-Punjabi bhangra-funk-klezmer party band fronted by trumpeter Frank London, percussionist Deep Singh, and Yiddish singer Sarah Gordon, co-presented by Yiddish New York. In-person tickets are sold out. Register here for the livestream. 6:30 pm.

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