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IN MOURNING: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned the decision by a British court that ended the life of a 2-year-old Jewish girl who had been on life support. (Jewish Insider)
- Alta Fixsler of Manchester, England, dependent on life support from birth, was at the center of legal battle between her Hasidic parents and British courts. Medical authorities had determined that the baby had no “conscious awareness” and should be placed on palliative care that would end her life. (JTA)
- Schumer had pleaded with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to overrule the courts. Alta’s father, Abraham, is a U.S. citizen who studied at yeshivas in Brooklyn.
HAMAKOM YENACHEM: Yiddish-speaking Bronx native and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died Monday, brokered the “road map” to a two-state peace deal that still informs much of U.S. policy in the region. (JTA)
HOOF DREAMS: Amar’e Stoudemire greeted fans at the Union Square Greenmarket, where the former NBA star, current Nets coach and Hapoel Jerusalem owner sold meat raised on his farm in Duchess County. (Jewish Week via JTA)
- Unlike the wines he makes in Israel, Stoudemire Farms’ meat is not kosher, but it is ethically and sustainably raised and meant to inspire other Black-owned businesses.
TOM AND LEVY: The statue of Thomas Jefferson that will be removed from the chambers of the New York City Council at the behest of Black members was a gift in 1834 from Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the United States Navy. (Jewish Press)
ARTS AND CULTURE
FELT FORUM: What did you do during the pandemic? Artist Sam Sidney took a craft project with her four kids and turned into new art style, a business and now a gallery exhibit in Manhattan. The Jewish Week’s Julia Gergely takes in “New York Never Felt So Good,” Sidney’s show of felt portraits of New York City icons of the pre-COVID era.
NEVER TOO LATE: At 95, Mel Brooks signed a deal with Hulu to create a sequel to “History of the World: Part 1,” his 1981 spoof that included, among other things, a musical sketch set during the Spanish Inquisition and Brooks himself as a waiter who interrupts the Last Supper. (JTA)
BARING ALL: New York artist Spencer Tunick, known for large-scale photos of nudes in public places, was back in Israel, photographing around 200 naked men and women — painted head to toe in white — on the shores of the Dead Sea. (CNN)
AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD, WITH JTA
- The U.S. rejoined the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Thursday, three years after former President Trump pulled out of it over what his administration deemed a “shameless” bias against Israel.
- Conservative attacks on “critical race theory” are under scrutiny, after a Texas school administrator determined that a new law meant to curb antiracism instruction forces teachers to offer an “opposing” view on the Holocaust.
TODAY’S BIG IDEA
Mark Oppenheimer’s new book about the Tree of Life massacre, “Squirrel Hill,” is more than a look at how individuals and institutions responded to the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. It’s a celebration of an American Jewish community, and a lament for fading Jewish connections, writes the Jewish Week’s Andrew Silow-Carroll.
- ICYMI: Read an interview with Oppenheimer. (JTA)
WHAT’S ON TODAY
The Leo Baeck Institute’s Shared History Project, focusing on the Interwar Period, presents a panel on how German-speaking Jews seized on the era of cultural freedom ushered in by the Weimar Republic to rediscover, revitalize and transform Jewish culture and identity in a modern context. With Michael Brenner (American University/Munich), Rachel Seelig (University of Toronto) and Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College). Register here. 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Currents hosts a conversation on the future of haredi Judaism and what it may portend for Jews in the United States in the 21st century. Featuring Nathaniel Deutsch, Ayala Fader, Miriam Moster, Schneuer Zalman Newfield and Frieda Vizel. Sign up here. 6:00 p.m.
Photo, top: Artist Sam Sidney’s felt illustration of a bagel is part of her exhibit at Eerdmans New York Gallery in Manhattan, “New York Never Felt So Good.” (Courtesy Eerdmans New York)
Photo, middle: Gregory Zanis’ Stars of David are part of the makeshift memorial in front of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 attack. (Courtesy of Brian Cohen)