By COLlive reporter
13 members of the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats, united this week in supporting a strong Israel and condemning the Iranian government’s Holocaust denial and genocide threats.
Speaking at the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY’s 33rd Annual Congressional Breakfast, they called for tougher sanctions on Iran and emphasized that that the bond between Israel and the US is strong and unwavering.
In addition to Senator Charles Schumer, present were New York’s U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D), Yvette Clarke (D), Joseph Crowley (D), Eliot Engel (D), Nan Hayworth (R), Nita Lowey, (D) Carolyn Maloney (D), Carolyn McCarthy (D), Gregory Meeks (D), Jerrold Nadler (D), Charles B. Rangel (D), Edolphus Towns (D) and Robert Turner (R).
More than 300 local and national Jewish and other ethnic and religious leaders, public officials and diplomats attended, including Shlomi Kofman, Deputy Consul General of Israel in NY.
From Crown Heights were Rabbi Shea Hecht of NCFJE, Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Devorah Halberstam of the Jewish Children’s Museum, Eli Slavin of Yvette Clarke’s office and Dovid Efune of Algemeiner.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of NY (JCRC-NY) is a coordinating and resource body for over 60 Jewish organizations in the New York metropolitan area.
The event, sponsored in cooperation with UJA-Federation of New York, was chaired by Mimi Alperin, Ester Fuchs and Jonathan Greenspun of JCRC-NY.
Also present were Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, Chair of the Board of UJA-Federation of New York, and Michael Miller, JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO.