The first-ever Jewish Advisory Council for the city was established Monday, according to New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Jewish communities throughout New York City will be connected to the city’s resources and services as members of the newly created council focus on all issues affecting Jewish New Yorkers, including public safety, quality of life, and education.
The council, which will have 37 members and be presided over by Joel Eisdorfer, a senior advisor to Mayor Adams, will meet frequently to discuss issues affecting the city’s Jewish community.
“Our Jewish community — the largest in the world outside of Israel — is a critical part of New York City,” said Mayor Adams.
“From the top of the Bronx to the bottom of Staten Island, the work and contributions of our Jewish brothers and sisters are felt across all five boroughs. With antisemitic crimes up across the nation, our newly-formed Jewish Advisory Council will ensure that Jewish New Yorkers in every community have a seat at the table and access the support and resources the city offers.”
“The establishment of the Jewish Advisory Council demonstrates the Adams administration’s commitment to fostering strong relationships with the Jewish community in New York City,” said New York City Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Fred Kreizman.
“The Jewish community is valued and vital to the vibrancy of New York City’s culture. I look forward to working together with Jewish community leaders from all five boroughs to address issues and ensure access to city resources.”
“The Jewish community is extremely fortunate to have a mayor who has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the Jewish community,” said Senior Advisor to the Mayor Joel Eisdorfer. “While antisemitic hate crimes are rising worldwide, Mayor Eric Adams proudly, vocally, and physically stands with the Jewish community at every opportunity. With the creation of this unprecedented council, the mayor is clearly showing that actions speak louder than words and that he leads from the front.”
“I’ve seen firsthand Mayor Adams’ commitment to the Jewish community,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Menashe Shapiro.
“Regardless of your denomination, affiliation, or sect, New York’s Jewish community has a mayor who understands the unique cultural and ethnic sensibilities of the Jewish community and is dedicated to ensuring their needs are met, and everyone is safe and secure.”
Jewish leaders from all five boroughs and various sectors, such as not-for-profit organizations, community-based groups, and religious leaders, are represented on the council.