UJA investigates pandemic toll on Jewish wallets and mental health • Sephardic Jews demand answers • Do-it-yourself chicken soup kit
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SIDE EFFECTS: Nearly one in six adult Jewish New Yorkers have experienced financial setbacks during the pandemic, and three-quarters of Jewish New Yorkers who reported having a drug addiction problem said it had worsened during the pandemic. period. (Jewish week via JTA)
- That’s according to a forthcoming new study from the UJA-Federation, which interviewed 4,400 Jews in and around New York City to guide its philanthropic efforts in the wake of the pandemic.
QUÃ PASA?: Spain promised citizenship to descendants of Jews persecuted and expelled during the Inquisition. At a rally in New York this week, activists and politicians questioned why the Spanish government is slowing down their candidacies. (Jewish week via JTA)
THE DURATION OF THE CONVERSATION : A half-day conference on Sunday will inspire museum and library archivists to use their funds and programs to promote understanding and the fight against anti-Semitism. (Jewish week via JTA)
- “We need to revive the history of anti-Semitism in order to combat it,” said Bernard Michael, president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York, which is co-sponsorship of the public and virtual event. The presidents of Princeton and Harvard universities and the Librarian of Congress will attend.
AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD, WITH JTA
THE BIG IDEA OF THE DAY
Erika Dreifus was shocked when novelist Sally Rooney (above) said she would not allow her latest novel to be published in Hebrew by an Israeli publisher. Then she remembered how a 19th century reader confronted Charles Dickens about anti-Semitism, showing the possibilities of engaging with writers who have let you down. (JTA)
NEW YORK NOSE
DIY: Brooklyn-based Carnegie Deli and the Matzo Project sell a DIY chicken soup kit.
- The $ 79 Better Than Bubbe’s Matzo Ball Soup Kit includes eight servings of soup (non-kosher) as well as the ingredients for the matzah balls.
- The emblematic charcuterie 7e The Avenue restaurant closed in 2016, but the Mark sells its meats and desserts online.
It’s never too late to change, as 70-year-old Abraham finds out when he sets out on the journey of his life this week. “What emerges, as the journey progresses, is Abraham’s stubborn determination to always move forward despite the difficulties he encounters and to achieve his destiny of alliance”, writes Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
WHAT IS ON
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of their joining the reform movement, Temple Shaaray Tefilah features a conversation with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union of Reform Judaism; Dr Andrew Rehfeld, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Rabbi Hara Person, Executive Director of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Cantor Claire Franco, President of the American Conference of Cantors. Moderated by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Senior Rabbi of Shaaray Tefila Temple. Register on www.shaaraytefilanyc.org attend in person or online. Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Photo, top: Protesters outside the Spanish Consulate in New York City rally for those applying for citizenship under a law to repatriate Jews of Spanish descent, October 11, 2021 (Julia Gergely)