One day after a Jewish news site questioned her absence from an educational trip to Israel this week, the New York City Council speaker stated she supports her colleagues’ participation.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams stated, “I am happy that the Council’s Jewish Caucus has led a diverse group of members to Israel,” according to a statement released by the organization funding the trip, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Upon their return, I look forward to hosting a roundtable with the Council members who went on the trip, including members of my leadership staff.
The week-long trip to Israel, which the JCRC has been organizing for more than 30 years as a method to introduce politicians to Israel and win their support, is currently being taken by twelve members of the City Council.
Adams is the only council speaker since the speakership was established in 1986 not to lead the trip, according to a Monday Forward report.
The Democratic Socialists of America, which has four associated members on the Council, has asked members not to go on the trip, according to The Forward. Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, a progressive Jewish organization, has also advised against going on the trip, telling the Forward that it “fails to be in any way evenhanded” and does not “present the reality.”