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DME SET: The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a stand-alone bill approving $ 1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. (JTA)

  • Eight Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Bronx / Queens, who has led efforts to cut funding from a short-term government funding bill, voted “present”.
  • Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-Bronx / Westchester, voted for the funding after previously supporting efforts to remove it from the larger spending bill. “It’s not about Israel, it’s about, again, about leadership, throwing something on our table at the last minute and expecting us to decide in five minutes what to do with it. , that’s the biggest problem, ”Bowman told Bloomberg.
  • Why is this important: The clash over funding and its happy ending for the pro-Israel lobby has drawn attention to a “growing divide not only among Democrats, but among Jews in the party ranks.” Ron Kampeas explains.

ALBANY REVIEW: State Health Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker resigned Thursday and will remain until Governor Kathy Hochul appoints a replacement. (Gothamist)

  • Zucker, appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014, has played a key role in managing the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He has been criticized for ordering nursing homes to accept COVID 19 positive patients from hospitals at the height of the first wave last spring.
  • A year ago, Zucker spoke to the Jewish Community Relations Council in New York about reopening synagogues safely for the summer holidays.

BUZZ KILL: Do mosquitoes drive you crazy when you sit in your sukkah? You’re not alone.

  • Senator Chuck Schumer said that thanks to a wet summer and a changing climate, it is “one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent memory”. On Tuesday, the Senate Majority Leader said he was seeking EPA and CDC funding to control the critters, which can carry West Nile virus.
  • If you like daddy’s mosquito jokes, you’ll love his office press release.

WRAPPED WEB: Israel’s Consulate General in New York has disowned comments from an employee who appeared to be bragging about his efforts to wrest $ 25 million from the wealthy father of scandal-ridden representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) To help out release an American hostage in Iran appointed Bob Levinson. (Jerusalem Post)

  • Confused? There’s more: Before becoming director of broadcast media at the Consulate, Jake Novak told the cartoonist who created “Dilbert” that he had extensive knowledge of the investigation into allegations that Matt Gaetz paid a girl age 17 for sex. Politico explains, or tries to do so.

Me, ISAAC: The very first screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi classic “Foundation Trilogy” hits Apple TV + today.

  • Learn about the writer’s Jewish education in Brooklyn and the religious skepticism he explored during his hugely prolific career. (JTA)



The biblical creation account, read in synagogues starting next week with Sim’hat Torah, includes two versions of the story of Adam and Eve. Contradictions are a model for reconciling the good and the bad in American history, writes Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder.

  • More wisdom: It is difficult to describe the next vacation of Chemini Atzeret. And maybe that’s the point, writes Rabbi David Wolpe.


Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Netherlands Diplomatic Network in the United States for a virtual screening and discussion on “Truus’ Children”, a new film exploring the legacy of Truus Wijsmuller, a central figure in the relief network known as Kindertransport. The program will include a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Ilse Bauer-Langsdorf, one of the children saved by Wijsmuller. Participants will also receive a private link to stream the film online from September 17-28. Register here. Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Photo, top: KSS Architects’ “Communal Convergence” is one of 11 sukkahs erected on public sites around downtown Princeton and designed by leading architecture and design firms and competition winners. New Jersey Institute of Technology. Read all about “Sukkah Village” from our friends in Alma. (Photo by Chloé Sarbib / Alma)

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