New York City Mayor Eric Adams hosted this year’s annual Jewish Heritage Month reception at Gracie Mansion on Tuesday, with several notable dignitaries on the guest list.
Celebrating centuries of Jewish history, achievement, and community-building in New York City, the event saw several dignitaries and speakers, one of whom was Ambassador Asaf Zamir, the Consul General of Israel in New York, the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel.
Zamir spoke of the singular connection between Israel and New York City, emphasizing ties in all kinds of matters. “Jewish Heritage Month should always be a uniquely Jewish event,” said Zamir, “because you can’t tell the story of American Jewish heritage without New York City taking a starring role.”
At the same time, he discussed the recent four-fold spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the region and the obligation to respond strongly to it. “This is a challenging time with anti-Semitic incidents quadrupling in this city,” he noted. “But we’ve been through worse, and we will win over this challenge together.”
Councilwoman Inna Vernikov also addressed the predominantly Jewish audience praising the incumbent Governor for his support towards Israel and the Big Apple Jewish community. She said, “While we have a rise in antisemitism where Jews are experiencing so much hatred, I’m incredibly grateful to have a Mayor who stands with the Jewish people, who stands with Israel, who is here to support our community, and I can rely on him for help, for anything I need.”