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YU holds LGBTQ panel • Brooklyn yeshiva tagged with swastika • Anti-Semites target French beauty queen

Miss Provence April Benayoum competes on stage during the Miss France 2021 beauty contest at the Puy-du-Fou, in Les Epesses, western France, on Dec. 20, 2020. She received a torrent of anti-Semitic hate messages after she told a judge her father was Israeli. (Photo by Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images)
Miss Provence April Benayoum competes on stage during the Miss France 2021 beauty contest at the Puy-du-Fou, in Les Epesses, western France, on Dec. 20, 2020. She received a torrent of anti-Semitic hate messages after she told a judge her father was Israeli. (Photo by Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images)

Eleven years after a panel featuring gay students and graduates divided Yeshiva University, students at the Modern Orthodox institution held another event on LGBTQ issues.

More than 650 people tuned into Sunday night’s Zoom panel, featuring former YU student’s describing their often painful experiences as gay undergraduates at Modern Orthodoxy’s flagship university.

None of the participants explicitly challenged YU policies or Orthodox practice that rejects homosexuality as a viable public lifestyle. Instead, the two men and two women hoped the panel would be, in the words of moderator and faculty sponsor Jenny Isaacs, an associate professor of psychology at YU, “a jumping off point for a wave of kindness and compassion.”

JTA has the background.

Police are looking for two men who spray-painted a swastika onto a Brooklyn yeshiva last weekend.

Authorities Saturday released surveillance video of the incident, which occured on the side of Mesilas Bias Yaakov in the South Slope neighborhood last Sunday. The New York Daily News reported that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the crime, but that so far there have been no arrests.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “despicable.”

A German court handed down a life sentence on Monday to the terrorist behind a deadly 2019 far-right attack on a synagogue in Halle.

News agency dpa reported that judges found Stephan Balliet “seriously culpable,” meaning that he will be effectively barred from early release after 15 years. After failing to storm the temple on October 9, 2019 — Yom Kippur — Balliet, 28, shot dead a female passerby and a man at a kebab shop.

Jared Kushner is leading a delegation set to land in Israel today ahead of a joint visit with an Israeli team to Morocco.

The Trump administration team is set to leave Israel on Tuesday on the first-ever nonstop flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat, Times of Israel reports. The trip will take place less than two weeks after the North African kingdom announced that it was establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

Related: Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, traveled to Dubai on Thursday in the first-ever visit by a sitting chief rabbi to an Arab country.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock and Republican David Perdue have all responded to the Atlanta Jewish Times’ call for them to publish letters in the publication aimed directly at Georgia’s Jewish community ahead of their closely watched runoff elections for US Senate seats.

Republican Kelly Loeffler decided not to publish her statement in the Jewish newspaper, instead publishing a statement on her website by her deputy campaign manager.

Related: Ossoff tells Ha’aretz that his Jewish upbringing taught him to fight for justice.

The Palestinian foreign minister said Saturday that the Palestinian Authority is ready to restart negotiating with Israel and the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Why it mattersThe stance signals an expected shift in U.S.-Palestinian relations under Biden. While President Trump’s State Department has cut U.S. aid payments to the Palestinians and signaled support for Israeli settlements, Biden has maintained that he would assume a more traditional posture in aiming to negotiate a two-state solution.

The runner-up in the Miss France beauty pageant received a torrent of anti-Semitic tweets after telling a judge in the contest that her father is Israeli.

“I have an array of origins: my mother is Serbo-Croat, my father Israeli-Italian. This gave me a passion for geography and the discerning of other cultures,” April Benayoum told the contest’s audience Saturday night, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The tweets, including one in which the author wrote “Hitler forgot about you,” provoked condemnations from some of France’s top politicians, including Marlene Schaippa, the minister delegate in charge of citizenship.

A new private dating app is aimed at Jews “with ridiculously high standards.”

The Lox Club requires members to get past a selection committee. Founder Austin Kevitch, 29, told The New York Times that his team is very discerning. “We spend a lot of time reading about your career and ambition, why you want to be in the community, and stalking your social media,” he said.

Streaming Today

UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience and host sponsor The National Museum of American Jewish History honor the 97th birthday celebration of the National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning, legendary Ladino singer and songwriter, Flory Jagoda. Viewers will enjoy a 45-minute concert packed with Ladino songs and stories from “La Nona” (Ladino for “The Grandmother” and one of Flory’s official titles) who will be accompanied on stage by one of her apprentices, Susan Gaeta, and renowned guitarist Howard Bass. Register here. 1:00 pm.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum presents a virtual tour exploring the Rogarshevsky family, a Jewish American family from Lithuania who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s. A Tenement Museum educator will virtually guide viewers through their home, and discuss how the family balanced their traditions with working outside the home at garment factories across the city. $10/device; free with Museum membership. 7:00 pm.

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