February 8, 2019

Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball

Source: Vogue

By Lilah Ramzi

Wintertime in Vienna seems filled with white-tie affairs for just about everything: There’s a Coffee Maker’s Ball, a Doctor’s Ball, a Bonbon Ball, a Philharmonic Ball, and an Opera Ball. The latter is one of the most resplendent, as it’s hosted in the storied Vienna State Opera house located just across the street from the Hotel Sacher and its famous torte. The event, with its operatics and old-world grandeur, will be hosted in a couple weeks, but last Friday, New York was treated to a preview at Cipriani’s 42nd Street outpost.

Now in its 64th year, the New York edition of the Opera Ball is said to be the oldest white-tie charity gala in Manhattan; this year it was supporting the Music Therapy Program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Presiding over the glamorous evening was the event’s chair, Jean Shafiroff, who added a bit of elegant glitz in an emerald green Oscar de la Renta ball gown. Ever gracious, Shafiroff and her dedication to the evening meant she opened up her famous wardrobe to Silvia Frieser, president of the ball, lending out a red gown for the occasion. (“It fit her perfectly and we didn’t even need to alter it!” Shafiroff said.) The event’s chair would also help a Met Opera soprano, Nadine Sierra, get dressed, sourcing her a floaty Vera Wang frock that was nearly as lovely as her performance of Romeo et Juliette later in the night.

Guests including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney…

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February 8, 2019

Lauren Wasser Wants You To Know—and Care About—What’s In Your Tampon

Source: Garage

By Emma Specter

Lauren Wasser grew up in the fashion milieu, appearing with her model mother, Pamela Cook, in Italian Vogue when she was just a baby. Wasser gave up a full-ride basketball scholarship to pursue modeling, but her career—and life—was threatened in 2012 when she learned she had toxic shock syndrome, a rare bacterial infection that can be contracted through the use of tampons. Wasser eventually lost both legs to the disease and has devoted herself to advocacy on behalf of sufferers everywhere, working with Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York on legislation requiring manufacturers to list all ingredients of feminine hygiene products.

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February 8, 2019

House members introduce bill that would fund Holocaust education programs in schools

Source: JTA

By Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of House members introduced a bill that would grant money to Holocaust education in schools.

The Never Again Education Act would establish the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund in the U.S. Treasury. The bill would combine appropriated funds and private donations.

A release from the office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the lead sponsors, said the bill would “finance grants to public and private middle and high schools to help teachers develop and improve Holocaust education programs.”

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February 8, 2019

New bill to ensure Holocaust education in US schools announced

Source: YNet

By Itamar Eichner

A US lawmaker has teamed up with Jewish organizations to lead a bipartisan effort to improve education about the Holocaust in American schools. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and various Jewish advocacy groups on Monday announced the reintroduction of legislation entitled the Never Again Education Act.

The bipartisan bill seeks to introduce Holocaust studies into the curriculum of the US education system, and establish a federal fund that would provide teachers with the resources and to teach the horrific details of the Holocaust and its consequences, as well as develop textbooks and seminars on the subject. The bill comes in the wake of a recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the US.

Speaking to the media at the Center for Jewish History, Maloney—accompanied by Israel’s Consulate General in New York Danny Dayan—said the legislation is an important step in combating the rise of anti-Semitism in America.

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February 8, 2019

Maloney Announces Historic Bipartisan Legislation On Holocaust Education

Source: Queens Gazette

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Jewish advocacy groups at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act. This historic legislation is a bipartisan bill that will create a new grant program at the US Department of Education to give teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach the nation’s children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the horrific consequences of hate and intolerance. The Congress member introduced the bill last on January 31st with Congress Member Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and 23 other co-sponsors.

In the past few years, there has been a significant rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes throughout our nation and in New York City. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have spiked roughly 60% between 2016 and 2017. NYPD figures show over 180 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, a 22% spike from 2017, and a 38.6% increase from 2016. Congress Member Maloney said, “We must be vigilant in the fight against hatred and ensure our youth understand the horrors of the Holocaust and the intolerance and bigotry that led to it, so we can fulfill the promise of ‘Never Again.’ 

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February 8, 2019

Teen Who Fought To Join Boy Scouts Attends State Of The Union

Source: Patch

By Lisa Finn

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY — It’s been a big week for Bridgehampton’s Sydney Ireland. Not only did she see historic change she worked tirelessly to affect, come to fruition, as the Boy Scouts of America allowed girls to join the organization — but on Tuesday, she’ll attend the State of the Union address.

On Feb. 1, the Boy Scouts program name also changed to Scouts BSA; the overall organization remains the Boy Scouts of America, however, according to the BSA.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney said she decided to bring Ireland, 17, as her guest, inspired by the teen’s efforts to create change.

“Sydney is a high school student who is already breaking barriers for girls and women. She successfully lobbied to join the Boy Scout Troops and is now fighting to be officially recognized as a member with a rank of Eagle Scout,” Maloney said.

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February 8, 2019

Pizza Paradiso Celebrates Female Politicians In New Series of Signature Pizzas

Source: PMQ Magazine

Ruth Gresser, owner of Washington, D.C.-based Pizzeria Paradiso, has launched a new pizza promotion themed around a topic dear to her heart: women in politics.

Gresser has unveiled a weekly series of pizzas that spotlight female elected officials from New York to Hawaii. The promotion, called “United States of Pizza: Women’s Slice of the Pie,” launched this week with a focus on New York. It pays homage to Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul; Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand; and U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Carolyn Maloney, Elise Stefanik, Grace Meng, Kathleen Rice, Nita Lowey, Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clark.

The New York-style pie is made with buffalo tomato sauce, chicken and gorgonzola and fontina cheeses.

Gresser and her team of chefs at the five Pizzeria Paradiso locations have already developed 10 pizzas for the series, with more to come, according to WTOP.com. Additional pizzas and their respective states include:

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February 8, 2019

New York Lawmaker Pushes Increased Funding for Holocaust Education

Source: The Jerusalem Post

By Michael Wilner

Washington – Two New York congresswomen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase federal funding for Holocaust education in America’s schools.

The purpose of the Never Again Education Act, according to Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Elise Stefanik, is to address a “national rise in antisemitism” by attacking its root cause.

“We are at a dangerous moment in time. Antisemitism is on the rise around the world and here at home, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans,” said Maloney, who represents a significant district of Manhattan. “We can combat this by making sure we teach our students, tomorrow’s leaders, about the horrors of the Holocaust. It is simply not enough to condemn hateful, violent attacks against the Jewish community – we need to be proactive, we need to take action.”

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February 8, 2019

Envoy on anti-Semitism revealed | Nadler, Maloney endorse Golan recognition

Source: Jewish Insider

By JI Staff

The Senate voted 72-24 to end debate on Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, known as S.1, clearing the way for its final passage later this week. The Senate also approved Mitch McConnell’s amendment to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), flanked by Jewish advocacy groups and several Holocaust survivors, announced the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on Monday. The bipartisan legislation will create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to give teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach children the lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of hate and intolerance. Maloney was joined by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan.

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February 8, 2019

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney Announces Historic Bipartisan Legislation on Holocaust Education

Source: The Jewish Voice

By JV Staff

On Monday, February 4, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Jewish advocacy groups at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act. This historic legislation is a bipartisan bill that will create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to give teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach our nation’s children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the horrific consequences of hate and intolerance. The Congresswoman introduced the bill last Thursday with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21).

In the past few years, there has been a significant rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes throughout our nation and in New York City. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have spiked roughly 60 percent between 2016 and 2017. NYPD figures show over 180 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, a 22 percent spike from 2017, and a 38.6 percent increase from 2016. We must to be vigilant in the fight against hatred and ensure our youth understand the horrors of the Holocaust and the intolerance and bigotry that led to it, so we can fulfill the promise of ‘Never Again.’ 

“We are at a dangerous moment in time. Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world and here at home, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading for far too many Americans. We can combat this by making sure we teach our students, tomorrow’s leaders, about the horrors of the Holocaust.

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