Speaker Adams’ First Address to the NY Jewish Community at JCRC-NY’s Annual Meeting

June 22, 2022

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:


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JCRC-NY Welcomes New Board Members

June 22, 2022

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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

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

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

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 Lipman

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 Mirocznik

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

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 

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

June 15, 2022

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



Printed Program

Post-Gala Press Release

Spring Gala Story: NYC77 Events

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 Opening

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