Good morning, New York. Lots of news today: boycott controversy, hate crime arrest, councilwoman apology, union campaign. Let’s go to it:
Buykot News: A Brooklyn-based marketing firm said it would not work with a Jewish think-tank because of its “significant programs in Israel.” Read a JTA exclusive about the conflict between Big Duck, the marketing firm, and the Manhattan-based Shalom Hartmann Institute of North America, which says anti-Israel “sunflower tests” target the large Jewish majority that associates with Israel. (GTA)
Arrest: New York police have arrested a suspect in the December 26 attack on a Jewish man in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn who was wearing an IDF sweatshirt. Osman Suleiman, 27, of Staten Island was charged Tuesday with hate crimes. (Times of Israel)
Beyond the comparisonNew York City Councilwoman Vicki Palladino has apologized for comparing COVID vaccine requirements to Nazi Germany. The Republican Queens member was prevented from entering the chambers of the House because she refused to say whether she had received the vaccination. (New York Jewish Week)
Remember their names: Families searching for their Jewish roots have a powerful new tool: The New York Museum of Jewish Heritage and Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust authority, have agreed to include Yad Vashem’s extensive database of Holocaust victims on the museum’s JewishGen website. (New York Jewish Week)
Gems on screen: New York Jewish Film Festival begins tonight! We’ve got recommendations for some of the most interesting documentaries and scripts on the bill. Co-presented by the Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center, the festival runs January 12-25 with a mix of live and online screenings, as well as Q&A with the film’s creators. (New York Jewish Week)
- photo, top: Tomorrow will be showing the documentary “The Lost Nuremberg Film”. (Courtesy of the Jewish Museum)
give news: An Islamic civil rights group says the nation’s largest Jewish unions, including New York, allow donors to fund anti-Islam groups with donor-advised funds. (GTA)
union stickers: Workers at the Jewish Museum in New York lobby for unionization. The museum said it would “respectfully participate in whatever process takes place”. (hypersensitive)
“pure evil”It’s been just over two years since a man with a machete attacked Jews attending a Hanukkah party in Muncie, New York, killing Joseph Newman, 72. happened yesterday. (Jerusalem Post)
give and get
Yeshiva University Student Life Office Donate more than 50 pounds of food and 1,200 bottles of water to survivors of the deadly Sunday fire in the Bronx. The students delivered the supplies to three different hotels housing the displaced families.
What is it today
New City Theater Shows New Yiddish Actor in “Crazy Meshugga Hurricane Earthquake” by Amy Coleman. This six-character play is the story of an unlikely relationship that develops between a middle-aged secular Jewish woman and a young Hasidic man suffering from schizophrenia. Directed by David Mandelbaum. $18 admission, $15 for seniors and students. Box office: www.theaterforthenewcity.net. 212-254-1109. 155 First Ave (at E. 10th Street). during January 19.