🤦 Rep. George Santos, the New York Republican who is under investigation for fabricating facts about his past, is expected to announce his reelection campaign today. Meanwhile, new disclosure forms from Santos show that he gave more refunds to contributors than he took in during the first quarter of this year. (NY Post, Axios)
💸 A 36-year-old Florida woman met a Holocaust survivor on a dating site and spent four years scamming him out of his life savings: $2.8 million. She lived extravagantly while the victim lost his apartment. She pleaded guilty to the fraud on Friday and agreed to pay restitution. She will be sentenced in July. (Times of Israel, Dept. of Justice)
☪️ The White House appointed a new Muslim community liaison, Mazen Basrawi, a blind civil rights attorney. The role had been eliminated during the Trump administration. (Religion News Service)
🎶 PBS will air a Holocaust documentary produced by Hilary and Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday. The film, titled How Saba Kept Singing, tells the story of a cantor whose voice entertained the Nazis in Auschwitz. (JTA)
🏀 Domantas Sabonis, the 26-year-old Lithuanian-American NBA all-star, is converting to Judaism. “He’s always asking questions,” said Rabbi Erez Sherman of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, who studies with Sabonis via Zoom. When Sabonis is in Vilna, Sherman said, he goes to the kosher butcher for chicken. (JTA)
🥯 A new day has dawned in the Jewish culinary world: the cream-cheese-stuffed bagel is here, thanks to a collaboration between H&H Bagels and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. The cheese is piped throughout the core of the bagel, which makes it a baked good, which is tax-exempt in New York City, and not a sandwich, which carries an 8.875% tariff. The special bagel is available at H&H locations through Tuesday, Tax Day. (CNN)
Shiva calls ➤ Hedda Kleinfeld Schachter, a Holocaust survivor who revolutionized the bridal industry and was featured on the reality show Say Yes to the Dress, died at 99 … Edward Koren, a veteran cartoonist for The New Yorker, died at 87 … Michoel Schnitzler, a popular Hasidic singer known for his Yiddish melodies, died at 62.
What else we’re reading ➤ Death penalty looms over trial for Tree of Life massacre … Indie pop singer turns Yiddish poetry into music … A high school cross country star chose Shabbat over the state championship – and he still won.