One of just two Jewish Republicans now serving in Congress, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), is at the top of the list of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s recently elected board members (RJC).
Zeldin, who recently lost a closer-than-expected race for governor in Democratic-leaning New York, joins other recent additions to the RJC board, including Joshua Katzen of Massachusetts, co-founder and publisher of JNS, Gabriel Groisman, a former mayor of Bal Harbour, Florida, and Larry Levine, a Texas-based real estate developer.
“It is a joy to welcome our newest board members, who are all accomplished, devoted, and staunch supporters of the United States.
RJC National Chairman Norm Coleman, a former Minnesota senator and supporter of Israel and the Jewish community, said as much in a statement on Tuesday.
Zeldin declared that the November contest for governor of New York was “a once-in-a-lifetime campaign, with a very narrow margin in the bluest of blue states” after winning 47% of the vote.
This extraordinarily close contest was made possible by the unwavering dedication and labor of our grassroots volunteers and supporters, who also helped us win at least 49 of New York’s 62 counties.
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents came together as New Yorkers and gave this campaign their all.
Zeldin’s message particularly resonated with New York’s numerous Orthodox and Haredi areas, where increased crime typically also entails a massive surge in antisemitic assaults on visible Jews and their property, despite his defeat to New York Governor Kathy Hochul.