Holocaust Survivor Killed in Traffic Crash • Jessica Seinfeld’s Meatless Meals • The Meaning of “Maus”
Hello, New York. Bronx-born Jewish comedian and actor Robert Klein turns 80 today. “I was in the DeWitt Clinton High School Marching Band,” he joked. “One of the worst bands ever. When we played the national anthem, people from every country stood up except the Americans.
Shabbat tragedy: A 99-year-old Holocaust survivor riding in an electric wheelchair was struck by a motorist and killed on his way to a synagogue in Brooklyn.
- Jack Mikulincer (pictured abovelisten)) was a former bakery owner in Brighton Beach and a gabbai, or sexton, at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center.
- The driver, a Coney Island real estate developerwas not charged.
- Reaction“It’s a tragedy. Imagine enduring what Jack Mikulincer did in his life only to have it end like this,” tweeted New York Mayor Eric Adams. “We owe it to his memory to make our streets safe for all New Yorkers.”
Meatless in Manhattan: Part-time vegan Jessica Seinfeld (yes, Jerry’s wife) talks to New York Jewish Week about meat-free, egg-free and dairy-free recipes she’s developed for herself and her family. “Vegan food doesn’t have to taste like kale and spinach,” she tells Rachel Ringler.
To resign: Eric Lander, the Brooklyn-born, Stuyvesant High graduate geneticist who served as President Biden’s top science adviser and head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, resigned on Monday after a White House review found that he mistreated the staff.
Remember: Todd Gitlin, the former 1960s radical who as an academic would later question the movements he helped found, died Saturday at 79. Raised in the Bronx, Gitlin has taught sociology and journalism at New York University and Columbia University. Our colleague Ron Kampeas remembers Gitlin as a gregarious writer and activist known for “enveloping his targets in affection even as he tore through what he believed to be their lapses in critical thinking.”
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
Reading some of the book’s advocates’ comments, one might think “Maus” is a preteen-friendly introduction to the Holocaust. However, writes Andrew Silow-Carroll of New York Jewish Week, Art Spiegelman’s intricate masterpiece is not “Auschwitz for beginners.”
PEOPLE & PLACES
Associate Rabbi Greg Weitzman from Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Manhattan headed to Albany, where he will become the next Chief Rabbi of Congregation Beth Emeth. The Long Island native will succeed Rabbi Scott Shpeen upon his retirement in July 2023.
New York Jewish Community Relations Council launched a fellowship to encourage community-based approaches to hate crime prevention. The “We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship Against Hate” recruited an inaugural cohort of 18 influential leaders to represent the diversity of Brooklyn. Fellows will âwork together to find solutions to address hate in New York City and its neighborhoods.â
T’ruahrabbinical human rights organization, will honor social justice leader Heather Booth with its Raphael Lemkin Human Rights Award at its annual gala in May. Best is the founder of JANE, an underground abortion service that predates Roe v. Wade and who is currently the subject of both a new documentary and a new feature film.
Novelist Dara Horn has had enough of being asked to write about dead Jews in response to the recent wave of deadly anti-Semitic attacks around the world. She will talk about her new collection of essays, “People Love Dead Jews: Tales of a Haunted Presentwith his sister, Jordana Horn, regular contributor to our partner site, Kveller. Register for this event Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC here. 11:30 a.m.
Last December, the magazine Jewish Currents caused a controversy by publishing, then apologizing for having published, an advertisement promoting a free trip to Israel for young American Jews. Today it is hosting a round table on “the ethics of organized travel in Israel/Palestine”, with Sam Bahour, Emily Siegel, Ilana Sumka and Peter Beinart. Midday.
Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a program exploring depiction of adolescents in Holocaust graphic novels. The conversation includes David Polonsky, illustrator of âAnne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptationâ; Ken Krimstein, author of âWhen I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teensâ; and RJ Palacio, author of âWhite Bird: A Wonder Storyâ. Find how to register here. 2:00 p.m.
92Y’s “Black Jewish History/Black Jewish Futures Month” continues with a presentation by Robin Washington on Hatzaad Harishon, an effort in the 1960s to fill the divide between African Americans who worshiped as Israelites and mainstream Jewish congregations. Get tickets here. 7:00 p.m.