On Wednesday evening, NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams was seen attending the annual Chaf Alef Kislev event in Williamsburg.
Celebrated by Satmar Chasidim around the world in commemoration of Hagaon Rav Yoel Teitelbaum ZT”L’s 1944 escape from the Nazis, the event has always seen a turnout from numerous dignitaries and elected officials over the years- as a symbol of respect and support towards the frum community.
Introduced at the event by Rabbi Moshe Dovid Niederman, Adams stayed on throughout the event, as a means of lending support to the Jewish community in New York.
The 21st day of Kislev, known as Kuf Alef Kislev in Hungarian Yiddish pronunciation, is a day of celebration among the Satmar Hasidim. On this day of the Hebrew calendar, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum was rescued from the Holocaust.
The Satmar Rebbe, known as the Divrei Yoel, was among 1600-plus people who were transported out of Hungary by train thanks to the efforts of Rudolf Kastner, one of the leaders of Budapest’s Vaadat Ezra V’Hatzalah, who brokered a deal with Adolph Eichmann to let the passengers leave in exchange for a large sum of money, diamonds, and gold. While Eichmann reneged on the deal and had the train sent to Bergen Belsen, the train was finally released after four months of negotiations and the passengers finally obtained their freedom when they arrived in Switzerland.