The Jewish Week 7-24-2020

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Jewish GOPers Selling Trump to Other Jews

John Lewis and the Jews: The Ties That Bind

New Novel Conjures a Polish Shtetl Lost in Time


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Justice Dept.: ‘Discrimination’ Thwarts Jews In Rockland

Postcards From Texas Dispatches from the Lone Star State, where a politician and a poet look back, and ahead.

Feds threaten suit unless Airmont resolves zoning complaints by Orthodox residents.

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Stewart Ain Staff Writer


As Colleges Go Virtual, Students Go to Israel

H.S. grads switch gears to avoid missing the campus experience. Johanna R. Ginsberg and Steve Lipman


aniel Lampert had planned to enter Dartmouth College this September as a computer engineering major and study such subjects as history, math and “an engineering course or two.” Instead, the Scarsdale resident and recent graduate of The Leffell School, a Jewish day school in Hartsdale, will be in Israel study-

ing Jewish history, Jewish music and the dynamics of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Lampert, 17, will be spending the 2020-21 academic year on the Young Judaea Year Course, a gap-year program for students who postpone their university education in this country for a year. He made the decision in late Scarsdale’s Daniel Lampert is May, a few days before Dartmouth’s putting off Dartmouth to study deferral deadline, when he realized in Israel for a year. continued on page 15

Editorials Opinions Arts Guide

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Sabbath Classifieds Back of Book

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n 2016, a chasidic yeshiva bought a 21-acre plot across from Village Hall in upstate Airmont with plans to build two yeshiva buildings on the site, which had been used for a camp and where other private schools have operated for years. Two year later, the yeshiva sued Airmont Village, alleging that “anti-chasidic animus” was keeping the village from issuing the requisite zoning permits. In December 2018, several rabbis in the Rockland County village also sued Airmont, alleging that the village has failed to approve any of their requests to establish houses of worship in AJC’s Marc Stern: “Sometheir private homes. Now, the U.S. Jus- times opposition is oppositice Department has tion to change — sometimes threatened to sue the it is raw bigotry.”. village unless it enters into a consent decree to resolve complaints by Orthodox residents that the village is again using its zoning code to discriminate against them. “Sometimes opposition is opposition to change — sometimes it is raw bigotry,” said Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Committee. “What is happening in Airmont is the latter.” A federal lawsuit would mark the third time in

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