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YU rejects LGBT group, Israel’s Covid deaths pass 1,000, Workers Circle marks 120th anniversary

An archaeologist at Jerusalem's City of David excavation shows off recently discovered column fragments from a villa built in the period between the days of the biblical kings Hezekiah and Josiah. (Yoli Schwartz/Israel Antiquities Authority)
An archaeologist at Jerusalem's City of David excavation shows off recently discovered column fragments from a villa built in the period between the days of the biblical kings Hezekiah and Josiah. (Yoli Schwartz/Israel Antiquities Authority)

It’s Labor Day. Rabbi Cheryl Peretz reminds us that employers owe workers not just timely wages, but their dignity. Read her Jewish Week essay here.

Yeshiva University rejected a campus group for LGBTQ students but said it was putting in place new policies to help those students feel safe.

The flagship Modern Orthodox college in New York sent a statement to students Thursday addressing a year-long battle over whether the school would allow an LGBTQ student group. While nixing permission for the YU Pride Alliance, the scool announced new measures to support LGBTQ students and prohibit discrimination and harassment.

Reaction: “The administration has failed to be transparent about which halachic ‘nuances’ are at odds with the club and, on the contrary, we stand firm in our belief that pikuach nefesh necessitates the creation of our club,” Chana Weiss, using a Hebrew term for protecting human life, told the YU Commentator. 

Israel passed a grim milestone over the weekend as its tally of coronavirus deaths exceeded 1,000.

The country currently has the highest rate of new infections per capita in the world, with an average of 199.3 new cases a day per 1 million residents for the week ending Sept. 2, according to official figures.

A week after schools opened for the year, the government is closing schools and imposing curfews in some 40 cities and towns with high infection rates. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off an even strciter plan on Sunday following pressure from the mayors of four charedi Orthodox towns.

Perspective: Disease experts are hopeful Israel can avoid the worst Covid forecasts, but only if it acts quickly and decisively, Nathan Jeffay reports for the Times of Israel.

The George Washington University history professor who revealed she had fabricated an Afro-Latina identity will not teach this fall.

The university made the announcement Friday, a day after Jessica Krug — a white woman who grew up attending Jewish day school and a Conservative synagogue outside of Kansas City — confessed her decades-long deception in a Medium post.

Krug’s colleagues in the history department called for her resignation on Friday, the New York Times reported.

The City of David announced the “once in a lifetime” discovery of three column decorations that indicate a connection to the dynasty of King David.

The immaculately preserved, 2,700-year-old decorated column heads, or capitals, date from the First Temple period, and feature Davidic designs currently found on Israeli five-shekel coins. Archaeologists at the site near Jerusalem’s Old City dated the capitals to the seventh century BCE, between the rule of King Hezekiah — whom the Bible describes as the 13th successor of David as king of Judah at Jerusalem — and the Babylonian conquest and destruction of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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The Workers Circle celebrates its 120th anniversary with a post-Labor Day discussion of how it is connecting to its activist roots and making use of successful organizing strategies to teach new generations how to be successful change-makers. Workers Circle CEO Ann Toback will share her experiences running successful and challenging organizing campaigns from her work as a labor leader at the Writers Guild of America, East and also championing labor and economic justice activism with the Workers Circle. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2:00 pm. Register here.

National Library of Israel launched “Jewish Journeys,” a new virtual exhibition that is part of European Days of Jewish Culture 2020, in collaboration with the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage. The exhibition presents a thematic exploration of the wanderings of the Jewish people over the centuries, through the prism of select treasures from the NLI collection. A section for children also includes games and activities.

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