2022 Annual Benefit Recap
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Opening & greetings, profiles of honorees, award presentations,
sponsorship scroll, closing
Updated link/PDF as of 12/21/22
Link to booklet/PDF
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PRIEST PHOTOGRAPHY
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August 23rd Primary Voting Information
New York State will have its second of two primary elections on August 23rd, which will determine candidates for U.S. House of Representatives and New York State Senate.
JCRC-NY, a UJA Federation agency, has partnered with WhosOntheBallot.org a project of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs to provide all the information you need to prepare and stay informed for the August 23rd primary.
Visit WhosOntheBallot.org to check your voter registration, polling location, and who is on your ballot. There you can find links to all the candidates’ websites so you can be informed before voting. You can also find your sample ballot here, which shows exactly what your ballot will look like in your election district.
Register to Vote – Deadline July 29th!
July 29th is the last day to mail voter registration forms or register in-person for the August 23rd Primary Election. You can register online, by mail, at the DMV or in-person at the Board of Elections at all borough offices from 9am to 5pm. For a list of locations, visit HERE.
- Not sure you’re registered to vote? Verify your registration status HERE.
- Those with a valid ID from the New York State DMV can quickly register online HERE.
- You must be registered with a political party to vote in a primary election. There are primary elections for the Democratic and Republican Parties ONLY.
Early Voting will begin on Saturday, August 13 and run until Sunday, August 21. Early voting sites are still being finalized and may be different from your Election Day poll site, so make sure to check WhosOntheBallot.org before you go. Hours vary by day, so please plan ahead. Also, your early voting location may have changed from past elections, so verify your location before going.
ABSENTEE VOTING: Requesting a Mail-in Ballot
The online portal to request an absentee ballot and/or a downloadable application form to mail-in can be found here. If you need to request an Accessible Ballot, click here. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is August 8th, though we recommend submitting your request before the deadline.
- Track the status of the absentee ballot you requested here. (The system updates every 24 hours and applications may take up to 72 hours to appear.)
- Please call 1-866-868-3692 or email AbsenteeHelp@boe.nyc with questions. Assistance is available in multiple languages.
Due to a recent change in the law, New York State voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have requested to vote by Absentee Ballot. If you have changed your mind and want to vote in-person, voters who have requested to vote by Absentee Ballot can still vote in-person using an Affidavit ballot at early voting or election day poll sites.
We wish to thank Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for their outstanding efforts in putting together “Who’s on the Ballot.”
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JCRC-NY’s 2022 Brochure
Speaker Adams’ First Address to the NY Jewish Community at JCRC-NY’s Annual Meeting
New York City, NY – On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 New York City Council Speaker, Hon. Adrienne E. Adams gave the keynote address at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s (JCRC-NY) Annual Meeting. The JCRC-NY Annual Meeting is a forum for the organization’s Board of Directors and the representatives of its 50+ member organizations to cast their votes for the new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Over the past year, JCRC-NY has hosted addresses to the Jewish community by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams.
Speaker Adams’ first public address to the New York Jewish Community is a welcome opportunity to speak with our leadership on a wide array of issues and concerns, including the rise in antisemitic incidents and gun violence in our communities.
Speaker Adams declared that “Antisemitic violence is the most prevalent form of hate in our city.”
“It is reprehensible, vile, and must come to an end because an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on all of us.” the Speaker continued. “It is only with your partnership and support that we can build the city that we know is within our grasp, one that is equitable, strong, and free from violence.”
“We deeply appreciate Speaker Adams’ support for the Jewish community and pledge to work with her to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers,” said Gideon Taylor, JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO.
“We are honored that Speaker Adams chose JCRC-NY to make her first address to the Jewish community,” said Cheryl Fishbein, JCRC-NY President. “JCRC-NY will continue to partner with Speaker Adams to effectively convey the concerns of our diverse Jewish community to the government of New York City.”
Click the link below to view Speaker Adams’ address:
JCRC-NY Welcomes New Board Members
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Contact: Tzipporah Shapiro, JCRC-NY
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York elected several new members to its Board of Directors during their Annual Meeting, which also featured a keynote address by Hon. Adrienne E. Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council.
The seven new members include Judge Rachel Freier, Stuart Finkelstein, Ezra Freidlander, Jessica Haller, Gustave Lipman, Jason Mack, and Mendy Mirocznik.
“JCRC-NY has a commitment to being a space for unifying Jewish voices as well as building community and relationships across the spectrum of Jewish identity and the broader New York community” said Ben Golub, President-Elect of JCRC-NY.
Please see more about the new Board members below.
Rachel Freier is a judge for the Kings County 5th judicial district Civil Court in New York, making her the first Hasidic Jewish woman to be both elected as a civil court judge in New York State and to serve in public office in United States history. Outside of her political career, she is the founder of several organizations including: Chasdei Devorah, Inc., a non-profit charity organization to help poor Jewish families, B’Derech, a GED program for Haredi youth at-risk, and Ezras Nashim, an all-female Orthodox Jewish volunteer EMT ambulance service. She is married to David Freier, with whom she has three sons and three daughters, and they currently reside in Borough Park.
Ezra Friedlander is the CEO of The Friedlander Group, a public affairs company based in NYC and Washington D.C. Prior to founding The Friedlander Group, Ezra served on the staffs of New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind and former New York Public Advocate Mark Green, establishing a network of personal and professional contacts in the political, commercial, and non-profit sectors.
Jessica Haller is a tech entrepreneur and environmentalist and is the Executive Director at 21 in ’21, a grassroots non-profit organization that works to put women in positions of political power. Jessica and her husband, Chad, co-founded The Kehilah of Riverdale in 2014. Jessica resides in Riverdale, NY with her husband and children Leila, Avery, Chloe, and Mattie.
Gustave K. Lipman is Chairman of Circadian Risk, a firm that works to assess and improve physical security for enterprise companies. In addition, Gustave serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO of Voyager Labs, the leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions to the security, investigative and intelligence communities. Gustave is a dedicated and involved member of the community most notably serving on the board of The Jewish Museum in New York.
Mendy is the president of the Council of Jewish Organizations (C.O.J.O.) of Staten Island, a borough-wide civic organization dedicated to providing services to those less fortunate. Mendy serves as a board member of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island (JCC), and is a member of the Young Israel of Staten Island. Mendy resides in Staten Island with his wife, Irit Susman-Mirocznik, and children Ariel, Judah, Leora, Sarah Leah, and Levi Isaac.
Stuart Finkelstein is currently the Executive Vice President, Advisors at Mastercard North America. He and his wife, Jaimie, are the proud parents of Matthew and live in Englewood, NJ.
Stuart earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from New York University and has completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business General Management Program.
Jason Mack is the CEO of SJ Productions and Jmack Management. Prior to being in the music business Jason worked for DAX real estate and Ripco real estate. Jason is on the board of Generation SOS and chairs the National Youth Advisory Board. He is also on the Gala Committee for Caron, a non-profit that operates inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for people who are struggling with substance abuse. Jason is also the co chair of the Associate board for Covenant House NY.
JCRC-NY 2022 Spring Gala Recap
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Opening Video & Greetings
Ambassador Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel in NY
Hon. Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Majority Leader
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Hon. Kathy Hochul, Governor, State of NY
Hon. Eric L. Adams, Mayor, City of NY
Amy A. B. Bressman, President, UJA-Federation of NY
Co-Chairs & Sponsorship Scroll
Post-Gala Press Release
Pre-Gala Press Release
Video Tributes to Honorees*
Cheryl Fishbein: Recipient of the JCRC-NY Leadership Award
Presenter: Philip Schatten
Eric Rechtschaffen: Recipient of the Blumberg Family Young Leadership Award
Presenter: Tom Blumberg, Award Founder
Live Gala Videos*
CEO Gideon Taylor’s Acknowledgements
Blumberg Family Young Leadership Award Presentation
from Tom Blumberg to Eric Rechtschaffen
JCRC-NY Leadership Award Presentation from Phil Schatten to Cheryl Fishbein
*The videos of Linda Mirels, recipient of the Barbara and Ira A. Lipman Community Security Award on behalf of the Kirsh Foundation, are not public at the request of the foundation.
Linda Mirels, on behalf of the Kirsh Foundation,
Eric Rechtschaffen, and Cheryl Fishbein
JCRC-NY CEO Gideon Taylor, Gus Lipman, Linda Mirels, Tom Blumberg, Eric Rechtschaffen,
Cheryl Fishbein, Phil Schatten, and JCRC-NY President-elect Ben Golub
Photos: Michael Priest Photography