The New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) is deeply troubled that five Supreme Court justices decided to invalidate New York’s ‘red zone’ COVID-19 restrictions on the eve of Thanksgiving, just as tens of millions of Americans have drastically curtailed plans for the holiday to protect themselves and their loved ones from this deadly virus.
The New York Jewish Agenda organized over 450 rabbis to join a statement supporting the data-driven, life-saving public health measures implemented by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. This statement, along with our press conference on Friday, received substantial press attention, and succeeded in shifting the media narrative about the Jewish community’s position on this issue.
Journalist Jacob Kornbluh, New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA), and a group of Orthodox rabbis today called for communities across New York City to comply with public health measures to contain Covid-19 in New York’s hotspots.
The group called for justice for Jacob Kornbluh and other victims of recent violent incidents. Participants also spoke about the need for data-driven, geographically-based public health efforts to contain Covid-19 in New York hotspots and for compliance in all communities, including NYC’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
450+ Rabbis Support Governor Cuomo’s and Mayor De Blasio’s Efforts to Contain COVID-19 in New York “Hotspots”
We are rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders representing every movement of Judaism, who stand in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for using data-driven, geographically-based efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We condemn the lack of compliance with public health directives and recent violent reactions from some individuals within the Orthodox Jewish community to enforcement of those mandates.
We applaud the Mayor and the Governor for taking decisive steps to confront and contain these COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ — some of which do indeed include a number of specific Orthodox Jewish communities — based on science and geographic data, and for discussing the issue with neutral and contextualizing language.
NYJA’s response to a controversy surrounding the New York City Democratic Socialists’ 2021 candidate questionaire was highlighted in an op-ed written by two Jewish candidates for city council.
This op-ed by Matt Nosanchuk was published in the New York Jewish Week. It was written in response to Peter Beinart’s essay in the New York Times and Jewish Currents, which argued that Liberal Zionists should abandon the two-state solution.
Matt Nosanchuk and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, co-authored this op-ed in The Forward, writing that public education is a Jewish value.
Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Co-Founder and Board Member of New York Jewish Agenda appears in City & State New York’s 2020 Pride Power 100 List.
Matt Nosanchuk appears in the Top 50 NYC Jewish LGBTQ Influencers List, published by Jews of NY in honor of the NYC LGBTQ Pride Month 2020.