On June 27th on the lawns of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill De Blasio celebrated Jewish Heritage Month
First Lady Chirlane McCray, who co-hosted the outdoor barbeque, spoke about her own appreciation of the contributions of the Jewish people. “Among the many expressions I learned during my years working at Maimonides Medical Center, tikkun olam—heal the world—is my favorite,” she said. “Making the world a better place for all those who suffer from mental illness and for their families—that’s my mission!” she added, referring to a personal cause inspired by their daughter’s hard-won battle with depression and addiction.
He ended the event by proclaiming the date as Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Day, in honor of the Rabbi’s leadership of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, his work as FDNY chaplain, and his 35 years as co-host of “Religion on the Line” on WABC radio.
Along with CEO/President Joseph Stamm and Maurice Bortz from NYCHSRO/MedReview and numerous Chiefs of Staff from the Mayor’s office, attendees included City Council members David Greenfield and Chiam Deutsch; State Assembly members Dov Hikind and David Weprin; and Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, among other dignitaries.