Askunim Express Appreciation to Mayor Adams for Being There for the Community
by M.C. Millman
Mayor Eric Adams was presented with an appreciation award last night at the home of Rav Moshe Wolfson, Rav of Emunas Yisroel in Boro Park.
During the meeting that touched upon various community issues, the mayor was presented with a plaque signed by fifty-plus community representatives, all of whom wanted to recognize the mayor's strong advocacy in times of need as well as for his support of the yeshiva system.
The mayor pledged his support for yeshivas recently during a speech on Wednesday, May 10, at a dinner for the Orthodox Union. During his speech, Adams admitted that the city's public schools were failing students.
"We need to be duplicating what you are achieving," Mayor Eric Adams told the audience. "But instead of us focusing on how do we duplicate the success of improving our children, we attack the yeshivas that are providing a quality education that is embracing our children."
Adams encouraged a close look at yeshiva education, not for what it's doing wrong but to use it as a model for education.
"Instead of us focusing on how do we duplicate the success of improving our children, we attack the yeshivas that are providing a quality education that is embracing our children," Adams said. "We're asking, 'What are you doing in your schools?' We need to ask, 'What are we doing wrong in our schools?' and learn what you are doing in the yeshivas to improve education."
This speech from a mayor who is seen as always available to help earned a tremendous amount of appreciation from the beleaguered community that has been under attack for too long.
"We wanted to show our tremendous appreciation to the mayor, " WJCC's Executive Director, Rabbi Moshe Indig, shares with BoroPark24. "After 1000's of years, there is nothing more important to us than our children. In our schools, there are no drugs, no guns, no violence, no abuse. We are proud of our education that produces communities with the lowest rates of crime in the city. We have been attacked for thousands of years by people who try to destroy us rather than learn from us - until our mayor. We appreciate that recognition and understanding, and most of all, we respect that this is a man who believes in G-d and believes in doing the right thing.
"We are grateful that the mayor is fully supportive of our yeshivas and is also expressing that support in a vocal fashion, making it clear that our community's education system is one that deserves respect, not recrimination. "
"The Mayor is a very good friend of Hatzalah," Yehiel Kalish, CEO of Chevra Hatzalah, shares with BoroPark24, "and in all my years, I can not recall an executive level elected official who is so open, available, and accessible to discuss issues of importance to our communities as Mayor Adams."
Representatives from Boro Park, Williamsburg, and Flatbush mosdos, and kehillas were present to show their hakaras hatov to the mayor.