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Three Jewish staffers in New York City and State offices launch new meetup for people like them

(New York Jewish Week) — After they wrap up their workdays on Wednesday, more than 80 New York Jewish movers and shakers will gather at a bar on the Upper East Side with their “Jewish political mishpacha.”

That’s what the three organizers of New York Jews in Politics are calling the constituency for their new initiative.

Moshe Davis, who works in the Mayor Eric Adams’ office; Adrien Lesser, who works at the New York City Economic Development Corporation; and Eva Wyner, who works in the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul founded New York Jews in Politics in their personal capacity, not as part of their jobs. They said in a statement that they aimed to “foster community” in their cohort of political operatives.

“We are excited to launch New York Jews in Politics and look forward to hosting events with the goal of uniting Jews working in politics and government to foster community,” the trio said. “This happy hour brings together Jews in New York politics in a fun social setting to network and kibitz.”

There will be government staffers, Jewish nonprofit leaders and political activists in attendance at Wednesday’s event, which will take place at the Beach Cafe — a pub and longtime hotspot for members of New York’s Republican establishment.

A different group for Jews in government that once existed has since dissipated, and the three founders realized there was a need for an informal group of Jews in New York politics to get to know one another.

The organizers bring a range of Jewish backgrounds: Davis is an Orthodox rabbi who also works part-time as an educator at Manhattan Jewish Experience, an outreach group for young Jewish professionals. Lesser describes herself on Twitter as the “Fran Fine of NY politics,” in a reference to Fran Drescher’s character on “The Nanny.” And Wyner is a graduate of the joint undergraduate program of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, located in Morningside Heights.

The organization does not endorse political campaigns, and is not funded by any city, state, or federal money, nor does it collect membership dues. A disclaimer in the event description for Wednesday’s happy hour indicates that formal lobbying is discouraged, and future events are intended to be “an informal get-together for professionals in the political field.”

The event has a growing waitlist, organizers say.

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US House Speaker Says Bills on Israel Aid, Iran Sanctions to Come Tuesday

US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson stands in the House of Representatives ahead of US President Joe Biden’s third State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, March 7, 2024. Photo: Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

US House Speaker Mike Johnson said spending legislation will be released later on Tuesday with lawmakers still hammering out final figures, as the House prepares to vote on four separate measures providing aid to Israel and Ukraine.

The measures, which would also include aid to Taiwan and US allies in the Indo-Pacific, could come for a vote as early as Friday — more than two months after the Senate passed a bill providing additional assistance for the two allies embroiled in conflict.

Johnson, in an interview on Fox News, said the fourth bill addressing national security priorities will include additional sanctions on Russia and Iran as well as a provision regarding the “seizure of corrupt Russian oligarchs’ assets to assist with all this.”

He also said lawmakers are “trying to merge some” provisions to secure the US border into the legislation but gave no additional details. Regarding the spending amounts, “some of that’s still being decided,” Johnson said, adding that lawmakers could amend the measures to require “pay fors” to offset costs.

Democratic US President Joe Biden has been pushing Johnson to allow a vote on supplemental funding, as have Senate Republicans and Democrats. But Johnson had given a variety of reasons to delay, including the need to focus taxpayer dollars on domestic issues.

Many Republicans, especially those closely allied with former President Donald Trump, who is challenging Biden in the November presidential election, have been skeptical of assisting Kyiv in its fight against Russia and fiercely oppose sending billions more dollars to Ukraine.

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About 50 Survivors of Nova Music Festival Committed Suicide, Survivor Tells Israeli Lawmakers

The personal belongings of festival-goers are seen at the site of an attack on the Nova Festival by Hamas terrorists from Gaza, near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Oct. 12, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

i24 News — Following the Hamas-led massacre at the Nova Music Festival on Oct. 7, about fifty survivors have committed suicide, revealed Guy Ben Shimon.

Ben Shimon, a survivor of the massacre, spoke on Tuesday at a parliamentary hearing for a State Audit Commission on the treatment of the survivors of Oct. 7.

“Few people know, but there have been almost 50 suicides among the Nova survivors. This number, which was true two months ago, may have increased since,” Ben Shimon said, emphasizing that many of his friends who escaped the massacre could not recover from what they had experienced.

“There are many survivors who had to be forcibly hospitalized due to their psychological state. My friends are not getting out of bed, neither am I,” he described their condition since the Oct. 7 attack.

“I am practically unable to do anything. I had to get a dog to help me survive in my daily life. The goal for all of us is to return to work and function normally, but we cannot do it without adequate help,” Ben Shimon added.

The parliamentary hearing focused on alleged failures of the state bodies towards the survivors of Oct. 7. There were complaints about the difficulties, notably bureaucratic, that the survivors faced in getting their post-traumatic stress disorder recognized, as well as in receiving the needed care.

“Why should I constantly prove what I experienced? Why am I forced to go back to the details of what I experienced for them to believe me?” Naama Eitan, another survivor of the music festival, asked during the hearing.

“I participated in a study that monitored my pulse and other parameters and revealed how bad my health is. I sleep on average two hours a night. Each morning at seven o’clock, I relive the moments when I was hidden in the bushes with terrorists passing by me. I can no longer move on my own, I need to be constantly accompanied,” she described.

During the Hamas-led attack, 364 people were brutally murdered at the Nova Music Festival and dozens were taken to Gaza as hostages. In total, Palestinian terrorists led by Hamas massacred 1,200 people and kidnapped 253 others as hostages during their surprise invasion of southern Israel. Mounting evidence has revealed the terrorists perpetrated systematic sexual violence, including torture and mass gang rape, against Israelis during the onslaught.

According to recent studies, 600,000 Israelis were awaiting psychological support since Oct. 7.

The Israeli Ministry of Health says that they do not have any information or statistics about the claim made of 50 survivors who have committed suicide.

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Israeli Footballer Who Left Scottish Team After Oct. 7 Scores First Goal in American League

Charlotte FC forward Liel Abada (11) during the first half against the Toronto FC in the Major League Soccer match up at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, April 13, 2024. Photo: Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

Liel Abada, an Israeli footballer who left the Scottish club Celtic FC in March due to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, scored his first ever goal in the American MLS league for Charlotte FC last week.

The goal came in the 69th minute in the team’s victory against Toronto FC.

“I have been waiting for this goal for a very long time,” Abada said. “I had a very, very difficult time in Scotland. Now I’m happy, and I just wanted to enjoy it.”

Abada, one of the most promising young strikers in world football, scored 15 goals in the 2021-22 season as Celtic won the League Cup and the Scottish Premiership title. But he allegedly sat out games for Glasgow’s Celtic FC amid anti-Israel fan protests. Soon afterward he left the club under unclear circumstances. In the first game following the Hamas terror group’s onslaught across southern Israel on Oct. 7, Celtic fans displayed massive banners that read “Victory To The Resistance.”

Abada, who is from the Israeli city of Petah Tikvah, had two remaining years on his Celtic contract.

“Leaving Celtic wasn’t in my plans, yet life’s unpredictable turns remind us that we’re not always in control,” Abada wrote in March on Instagram.

Charlotte FC acquired Abada for a hefty $8 million in order to purchase his contract from Celtic. Abada is signed through 2026 with an option for 2027 and will occupy an international roster slot.

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