Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat And Others At JCRC Congressional Breakfast

February 5, 2024

On February 4th, 2024, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and seven Downstate Congressional Delegation members attended the JCRC-NY 2024 Congressional Breakfast.

The event was held in cooperation with UJA-Federation of New York and sponsored by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Harlem Representatives Adriano Espaillat, Dan Goldman, Mike Lawler, Grace Meng, Jerrold Nadler, and Ritchie Torres addressed 300 plus Jewish, and other faith, ethnic, and political leaders and diplomats on topics ranging from the Israel-Hamas war, the rise in antisemitism, security, and the current status of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Ronen and Orna Neutra, parents of 22-year-old American hostage Omer, spoke on behalf of the hostage families.

“… share our … deep concern and demonstrate that we are not alone. …”

“While over 100 Israelis are still being held by Hamas in Gaza, it was important and timely for our elected officials, including Senate Majority Leader Schumer and House Democratic Leader Jeffries, to share our community’s deep concern and demonstrate that we are not alone.  They stand with us and we appreciate their efforts to ensure that the hostages are brought home immediately and that Jewish communities in the United States, Israel, and all over the world are safe and secure,” said Noam Gilboord, JCRC-NY Interim CEO. 

Along with Mr. Gilboord, the event was chaired by JCRC-NY President, Bennett W. Golub, and Chair of the Board, Cheryl Fishbein.

Also participating were Ambassador Tsach Saar, Acting Consul General of Israel in NY; UJA-Federation’s Hindy Poupko and Dan Rosenthal, Community Security Initiative’s Mitchell Silber, and JCRC-NY Board Members Jennifer Falk, Jonathan Greenspun, Karen Kasner, Brad Korn.

Among those joining the JCRC-NY were, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez; NYS Senators Leroy Comrie, Brad Hoylman-Sigal, Liz Krueger, Shelley Mayer,  Steve Rhoads, and Kevin Thomas; NYS Assembly Members Sam Berger, Alex Bores, Kenny Burgos, Brian Cunningham, Jeff Dinowitz, Harvey Epstein, Eddie Gibbs, Andy Hevesi, Alicia Hyndman, Grace Lee, Dana Levenberg, Stacey Pheffer-Amato, Linda Rosenthal, Tony Simone, Rebecca Seawright, Steve Stern, and Al Taylor, and NYC Council Members Eric Bottcher, Gale Brewer, Eric Dinowitz, and Julie Menin. Diplomats were also present from the following countries:  Austria, Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Serbia, Romania, and Ukraine.

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Photo credit: Adriano Espaillat Screenshot.

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