REBOOT Eisenberg’s, a Jewish deli that closed in March after 92 years, will reopen as a project of Brooklyn’s Court Street Grocers, whose co-owner comes from a long line of Eisenberg’s diners. (Grub Street)
SCHWARTZ FALL Larry Schwartz, a Jewish MTA board member and ally to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, says he’ll step down only if Gov. Kathy Hochul asks him to. (New York Post)
ACROSS THE RIVER Sam Pesin, the son of Liberty State Park’s creator, says his family history and Jewish values drive his work to safeguard the Jersey City park. (New York Times)
FIT FOR DESIGN Artscroll, the Orthodox publishing house, picked a Jewish Fashion Institute of Technology student who’s active on TikTok to design its Rosh Hashanah cards. (Jerusalem Post)
AROUND THE WORLD, VIA JTA
- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with President Joe Biden was delayed because of the attack in Kabul.
- Tom Tugend left Berlin on Hitler’s 50th birthday. At 96, he’s been a Jewish journalist now for decades.
- Archaeologists have unearthed ritual baths and a Torah pointer in a Vilnius synagogue destroyed by the Nazis.
SHABBAT SHALOM In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, Moses tells the Israelites to bring a harvest offering, saying there will be benefits if they do and consequences if they do not.
“Ki Tavo then reminds us in broad relief of the mindset needed to succeed amid the challenges of life and its vicissitudes,” writes Rabbi Lawrence Zierler. “We are very much the architects of our destiny — but only if and when we understand how the past influences and teaches us so much about the present.”
Candle lighting on Friday night: 7:18 p.m.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND The first service of the High Holiday season, Selichot, takes place on Saturday night. Many city synagogue are streaming services; some are holding them in person, too. In addition, the Conservative/Masorti movement is presenting an online night of learning that draws on its rabbis around the world. Find the details here.
Photo, at top: The view of Manhattan from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, in June. The son of the park’s founder says his Jewish values drive him to safeguard the family’s legacy. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)