Fired Park East Rabbi Fires Back • Iranian Rabbi Visiting New York • A Dreidel Collection For The Ages


Hello, New York. Tomorrow is election day (early voting ended yesterday). Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams and progressive Jew Brad Lander, a A city council member running for comptroller is a big favorite.

Today is the first Monday following the City’s vaccination mandate for almost all municipal employees; Vaccination rates for people covered by the new mandate fell from 71% on October 19 to 86% on Sunday, Gothamist reports.

RETURN OF FIRE: In his first public comments since being sacked from Park East Synagogue two weeks ago, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt defended himself against charges of “insurgency” and illegal activity and said the motive of its supporters “was to help build a growing, prosperous, vibrant, and young community. (Jewish Week via JTA)

  • Background: Allies of the chief rabbi of the congregation, Arthur Schneier, accused Goldschmidt of inappropriately sharing email addresses of synagogue members and of orchestrating a coup to replace Schneier, 91, who has run the synagogue for nearly 60 years.

PROS AND CONS: Our Jewish Week colleagues Ben Sales and Andrew Silow-Carroll visited the Jewish Museum’s new exhibit on Nazi-plundered art and left with different impressions. (Jewish week via JTA)

  • Andy believed that the “Afterlives” exhibit “highlights not only the Nazi assault on Jewish bodies, but also“ Jewish ”ideas. Ben felt the museum should have done more to “recognize that the Allies could, and should have, put more energy into saving people than saving art.”

THE THINGS THEY WEAR: New Yorker Arthur Kurzweil, author and genealogist, has a collection of around 4,000 dreidels and other ritual objects, in a private collection that paints a unique portrait of the daily life of Eastern European Jews before the Holocaust. (JTA)

EVE OF ELECTION DAY: Rabbi David Niederman, head of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, urges members of his branch of the Satmar movement to vote for Eric Adams and other Democrats in tomorrow’s municipal election. (Politics)

  • Why is this important: Members of Satmar’s rival factions “tend to vote en bloc in elections and Niederman, who controls Brooklyn more than the opposing side, can typically deliver between 5,000 and 10,000 votes.”

HIS ALL HOLINESS: The American Jewish Committee will today honor Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, with his Human Dignity Award.

  • The award ceremony at the New York Hilton will recognize Bartholomew’s “commitment to Orthodox Judeo-Christian relations,” AJC said.

IN THE CITY: Yehuda Garami, chief rabbi of Tehran’s small Jewish community, visited Chabad leaders in Queens and Crown Heights as the Hasidic movement welcomed thousands of its emissaries around the world for an annual convention. (to stick on)

  • Rabbis and guests from 100 countries joined online and in person for last night’s gala at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison.


Commonpoint Queens presents a virtual talk by Gwen Strauss, author of “The Nine: The True Story of a Group of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany.” She will tell the story of nine women under the age of 30 who joined the resistance during WWII and ultimately became a tight-knit group of friends. $ 8 members / $ 10 non-members. Register here. Noon.

SVIVAH presents, in partnership with Sharsheret in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “Our health: why are we prolonging our own care? “ – a panel discussion featuring women’s health advocates Gabrielle Kaufman, Dr Rachel Rubin MD, Rabbi Lila Kagedan, Elizabeth Ross. RSVP for the Zoom link. 20:00

Correction: Friday’s newsletter incorrectly identified Chesa Boudin, district attorney for San Francisco and son of former 1960s radical David Gilbert. Boudin is a man, not a woman.

Photo, top: Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky reads a collective prayer request on behalf of. thousands of rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitcher Hasidic movement who visited the Queens Ohel, or tomb, of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the movement’s late Rabbi, at a four-day rally of Chabad emissaries on October 31, 2021. (Chaim Tuito / via

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