By COLlive reporter
Incoming New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton held an Inauguration Ceremony and Swearing-In on Sunday, January 18, a day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
A culturally diverse crowd showed up at the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf Auditorium on Eastern Parkway reflecting his constituency at Brooklyn’s 20th district.
Speakers at the inauguration included Mayor Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Hamilton’s predecessor and top political backer during the elections.
Honored with delivering the invocation for the 1,000 people in attendance was Rabbi Shimon Herz, Director of the Shalom Senior Center in Crown Heights.
Among the musical performances at the event was a Jewish one: Students from the Lamplighters Yeshivah singing about uplifting our surroundings and bringing light into this world.
“This is a song we sing every morning as we prepare for prayer,” student Meir Schack said. “We start our day with the awareness that each one of has been granted a G-d-given mission to increase light and uplift our surroundings.”
He said the words of the prayer Ma Tovu Oholecha Yaakov “reminds us of the Jewish tenet to love each and every person like ourselves and to dedicate ourselves to bettering the world for all humankind.”