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NYC Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams recently thanked Assemblymember Simcha Eichenstein and the Hasidic community for stepping up for the Haitian people, and for always helping those who need it the most.

“Thank you, @SEichenstein, and to all of the Hasidic community members and organizations that have been collecting relief supplies for Haiti. This is the very best of what New York can be: people from all different backgrounds coming together to support those in need,” Tweeted Adams, with an attached video of the efforts of the Masbia organization in giving aid to Haiti.

In the video, assemblymember Eichenstein asserted the need for the community to come forward and provide their support to the earthquake-stricken country, no matter the background, race, or religion. The collections and donations went through Masbia, a feeding program that serves New York’s Jewish community.

Replying to Adams, Eichenstein tweeted, “Thank you @ericadamsfornyc, this is how it’s done. The Brooklyn Way! Looking forward to continuing to build relationships with communities all across NYC. In Brooklyn, we are all brothers and sisters. This is who we are!”

“It’s very simple,” Masbia Executive Director Alexander Rappaport said. “There are people not far away from here, in need. It’s the giving season.”

“The Haitian community and the Jewish community live together in Spring Valley,” said Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder, an organizer of the relief effort. “We pray together and we mourn together. We rejoice together and we help each other out. Today we are all Haitians.”

The efforts began last Tuesday when leaders from the Rockland Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish community gathered outside Village Hall Tuesday to announce an initiative to help those in Haiti devastated by the recent earthquake and hurricane. As it stands, Political and nonprofit leaders from Rockland to Brooklyn were looking to collect $1 million worth of aid to secure medical supplies, goods, and non-perishable food that was being packed into containers and shipped to Haiti. Two 40-foot containers containing shelf-stable food and hygiene items were unloaded from delivery trucks in the parking lot outside Spring Valley Village Hall last week. The goods were then loaded into shipping containers that will be sent to Haiti.

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, Rockland County Legislator Aaron Weider, Yossi Gestetner of Orthodox Jewish Political Affairs Council and Alexander Rapaport of Masbia Soup Kitchen at the dropping off essential items to be shipped to Haiti


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