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Yeshiva U. hoops extends win streak • New City rabbi fights racism • More help in getting vaccines

Yaniv Iczkovits' novel “The Slaughterman’s Daughter” was awarded the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize, British Jewry’s top book award Sunday. The author discusses his book today at an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Week and UJA-Federation. (Eric Sultan)
Yaniv Iczkovits' novel “The Slaughterman’s Daughter” was awarded the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize, British Jewry’s top book award Sunday. The author discusses his book today at an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Week and UJA-Federation. (Eric Sultan)

 

Yaniv Iczkovits’ novel “The Slaughterman’s Daughter” was awarded the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize, British Jewry’s top book award.

And today at noon, Iczkovits will discuss his novel with Gal Beckerman, author of “When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry,” in a live online event co-sponsored by The Jewish Week and UJA-Federation. Register here.

Iczkovits, 45, formerly taught in the philosophy department at Tel Aviv University. The prize, which comes with a cash prize of 4,000 pounds, or over $5,500, was announced Sunday.

A Black Orthodox rabbi is challenging Jewish texts that he says are harmful to Jews of color.

Rabbi Shais Rishon of New City, who writes under the name MaNishtana, has written a new Torah commentary “that is firmly traditional/Orthodox, but with a modern and non-myopic lens on race and gender.”

Growing up, Rishon’s was among the few Black Orthodox families in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. “We had eyes and saw how we were treated, in synagogues and places or just walking down the street,” Rishon tells Josefin Dolsten.

Seventy years before the controversy over Dr. Seuss and “cancel culture,” Disney redrew a cartoon that had an anti-Semitic character.

The incident, writes the Jewish Week’s editor in chief, Andrew Silow-Carroll, is a reminder that cultural sensitivity is something to be applauded, not ridiculed.

“Those raising concerns about cancel culture don’t do their side any favors by criticizing what up until about 10 minutes ago would have been called civil, respectful and sensitive behavior,” he writes.

Yeshiva University’s men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 36 games.

The Maccabees beat Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken Monday night 88-70 behind All-American Ryan Turell’s 25 points and Eitan Halpert’s game-high 32 points.

Y.U. is 7-0 on the season.

SAR Academy in Riverdale is assisting seniors and others in getting Covid-19 vaccines.

Volunteers at the Modern Orthodox day school have booked appointments for hundreds of people in the Bronx and Westchester as well as Chicago, Florida and Boston.

“My kids laugh at me because when I see openings, I drop everything and run to the computer,” said Jen Kroll, a vaccination volunteer. “The exchange on WhatsApp is constant, 24/7.”

A former New Yorker’s parenting book draws on her experience as an educator in Israel.

Dasee Berkowitz, who moved to Jerusalem from Sag Harbor in 2014, is a consultant with Ayeka, an Israel-based educational institution. Her new book, “Becoming a Soulful Parent: A Path to the Wisdom Within” (Kasva Press), taps parents’ instinctive parenting skills.

“The book can be like your friend, as in, I’m here too, I’m also struggling, here’s how Jewish wisdom has helped me, let’s walk this path together,” Berkowitz tells the Times of Israel.

The Jewish Education Project honored five local educators for creating exceptional educational experiences for their students and their families during challenging times.

The recipients of this year’s Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award are DiCo DiColandrea of Congregation Beth Elohim; Melissa Hume of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Early Childhood Center; Dammara Kovnats Hall of Rodeph Sholom School; Pamela Schuller of HereNow/The Jewish Board, and Avi Siegel of Temple Israel of Great Neck.

Their innovations include launching an app to help teens facing mental health challenges, facilitating meaningful conversations about race with students and colleagues, creating captivating lessons for preschoolers over Zoom, studying current events through the lens of Torah, and extending the length of their program to better accommodate student needs.

The recipients of the award, which comes with a $1,000 professional development stipend, will be recognized at The Jewish Education Project’s Virtual Benefit, on Monday, March 22 at 7:30 pm.

In Other News

Two big Jewish groups are defending Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for a top civil rights enforcement job, after she was targeted as an extremist by conservative media.

Brooklyn Borough president and mayoral candidate Eric Adams toured an unnamed Brooklyn yeshiva on Monday and said he was “impressed by what I saw,” the Forward reports. Secular education at yeshivas has become a campaign issue.

See how a new six-story condo rubs shoulders with a historic synagogue on Clinton Street.

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Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, shares his insights on the current issues shaping the Biden administration’s reorientation of U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an on-the-record discussion/Q&A arranged by Israel Policy Forum. Register here. 2:00 pm.

After World War II, Argentina became home to one of the world’s largest communities of Holocaust survivors at the same time as the country provided refuge to many former Nazis. Explore issues of justice, truth and memory in Argentina in this virtual program, which will be co-presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust with the Museo del Holocausto de Buenos Aires. Register here. 5:00 pm.

The Workers Circle sponsors a panel on what it took to get the Voting Rights Act passed, how it expanded the vote, the ongoing attempts to subvert it, new forms of voter suppression and voting rights legislation in 2021. Register here. 7:00 pm.

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