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Sunday, June 25, 2017

JV Editorial

State Assemblyman, and congressional hopeful, Hakeem Jeffries (Photo credit: Michael Nagel)We at the Jewish Voice aren’t normally in the business of endorsing Democrats for political office, but we suppose there’s a first time for everything.

Later this month (June 26, to be precise), New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Marine Park, and Coney Island neighborhoods, will be holding a Democratic primary to pick a replacement for retiring congressman Ed Towns. Since the Democratic candidate is all but guaranteed to inherit Towns’ seat, the upcoming primary represents a point of no return, as it were. And the Jewish Voice would like to let our readers in the 8th District know that there are many reasons to vote for NY State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, almost as many as there are to vote

Now this isn’t a Jewish issue per se, but it is a New York issue. And if a two-liter of Coca-Cola, or Pepsi, or any other variety of sugary, effervescent beverage is a fixture on your Shabbat table (for this editor, it’s Dr. Pepper, though I usually opt for the low- or no-calorie variety), you might want to listen up.

First, the New York State government wanted to tax our sodas. Now, in restaurants at least, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban large sodas outright. Why not just be

There has been a fair deal of machloket (that is to say, animated debate) within New York’s Jewish community these past few months vis-à-vis the annual Celebrate Israel Parade taking place this Sunday in Manhattan. The controversy was stirred up by a handful of well-meaning but perhaps misguided Israel supporters in response to unfortunate decision by the equally well-meaning organizers of the parade to invite the participation of Jewish organizations with established ties to groups with

So this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade was pretty spectacular. For those of you who weren’t able to be there, check out this week’s center spread (pages 28 and 29) – quite possibly the next best thing to having been there.

The parade didn’t go off completely without a hitch, however. In addition to a bit of inclement weather, several organizations (whom we shall not publicize further by naming here) with established anti-Zionist agendas were allowed to march in the parade. Neturei Karta was

Now here’s a guy who clearly understands the issues! Let’s see if he's feeling so witty when the stadium is rented for some kind of Islamic convention. (PHOTO CREDIT: MO GELBER)This Sunday was the big asifa at Citi Field, called together to address the perils of the Internet. With over 50,000 in attendance, this is clearly an issue of major concern. After all, when’s the last time you heard of 50,000 Jews agreeing on anything? I can’t even remember reaching a consensus on pizza toppings with just a handful of friends, let alone a stadium-full. Let’s set aside for a moment the overwhelming irony that this gathering gained so much of its momentum by virtue of the Internet, and