By COLlive reporter
Photos: Shimi Kutner/COLlive
Federal, State and City officials joined Crown Heights residents and community leaders in the Sukkah of Chanina and Orly Sperlin in celebration of Sukkos.
Later, some of the guests joined the dancing at Simchas Beis Hashoeiva on Kingston Avenue and greeted residents from the stage.
The guest list of elected officials included NY State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, State Assemblyman Walter Mosley, Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Member Mathieu Eugene and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.
Representatives of the Mayor, State Senator Hamilton and State Assembly Member Richardson were also present.
Speakers included event host Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, Chairman of the CHJCC Zaki Tamir, NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe, NYPD Community Liaison and Director of External Affairs at the Jewish Children’s Museum Devorah Halberstam, Head of Port Authority Police accompanied by Chaplain Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, Rabbi Levi Matusof from the European Union in Brussels, and Rabbi Eli Cohen.
In their comments, the elected officials mentioned the way in which Crown Heights represents harmony between all the nations and the special feeling of joy and optimism that one gets from participating in the holiday of Sukkos.
After the gathering in the Sukkah, Chief Jaffe and Public Advocate James went on to visit the dancing on Kingston Avenue where Rabbi Yisrael Shemtov thanked the Chief and all community affairs officers, as well as the 71st Precinct and its commander Inspector Norman Grandstaff for the wonderful way in which they protected the participants in all the Yom Tov festivities.