Michael Steinhardt Returns $ 70 Million In Looted Artwork • Yeshiva U Aims To Raise $ 613 Million • The Cream Cheese Shortage Day 2
Hello, New York. Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, marking the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US Naval Base in Hawaii that precipitated the US entry into World War II.
WE HAVE COVERED YOU: Local bagel shops assured New York Jewish Week that they have no shortage of cream cheese, despite a disturbing report in the New York Times. “It will not affect your order,” Tal Bagels employees told our Julia Gergely. “You’ll always see the same amount of cream cheese on your bagel. (New York Jewish Week)
A MAN’S TREASURE…: Michael Steinhardt, the New York hedge fund, art collector and megadonator of Jewish causes, says he bought and traded antiques in good faith. But in a deal with the Manhattan District Attorney, he agreed to return 180 stolen items worth $ 70 million to their rightful home lands and never to collect ancient artifacts again. (JTA)
HIGH HOPES: Yeshiva University, riding cool breezes and facing strong winds, has raised more than $ 250 million over the past two years towards a newly announced goal of $ 613 million. (New York Jewish Week)
REPEATED VISITOR: Cops are looking for a man who broke into Congregation Israel from the Kings Bay Synagogue in Brooklyn three times in the past few weeks and stole money from a donation box. (ABC7)
HAT IN THE RING: Former Democratic Representative Max Rose, a Jewish veteran of the US military, announced on Monday that he is running again for his former seat on Staten Island, which he lost to outgoing Republican Nicole Malliotakis in 2020 . (Jewish initiate)
AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD, WITH JTA
GIVE & GET
“Shtisel” star Michael Aloni (Kive Shtisel) was among the guests at Belev Echad’s annual dinner in support of wounded IDF veterans, which was held Sunday evening in Capitale in Manhattan. The evening raised $ 1.7 million to help injured Israeli soldiers and their families. Eleven wounded IDF veterans, who took part in a 10-day tour of New York City courtesy of Belev Echad, were honored.
WHAT’S NEW TODAY
Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage to a program revisiting the massacre of 26,000 Jews in the Rumbula Forest outside Riga, Latvia, in 1941. The program will feature clips of work in progress from “Rumbula’s Echo,” an upcoming documentary, with remarks by director and producer Mitchell Lieber; Lolita Tomsone, director of the Zana Lipke Memorial Museum and initiator of an annual Rumbula commemoration in central Riga; and Ilya Lensky, director of the Jewish Museum of Latvia. Register here. 2:00 p.m.
Michael A. Meyer (Hebrew Union College) and Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examine the atrocious ethical choices facing Jewish religious leaders, such as Rabbi Leo Baeck, as well as the response of religious leaders, under the Nazi regime. Organized by the Leo Baeck Institute of New York | Berlin and scholarships to Auschwitz for the study of professional ethics. Register here. 15:00
Shuly Rubin Schwartz, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, discusses the origins, history, strengths and opportunities of conservative Judaism. Register here. 20:00
Photo, top: Crowds at the Second Ave location of Tompkins Square Bagels were steady and reasonably quiet on Monday morning, December 6, 2021, despite reports of a shortage of cream cheese. (Julia Gergély)