New York City Mayor Eric Adams met with 55 women rabbis and cantors Thursday in what one of the rabbis called a “productive and respectful” discussion
The clergy sought the meeting earlier this week out of concern that the Orthodox Jews Adams regularly consults don’t represent the political or religious diversity of the city’s Jewish community.
At a press conference following the 45-minute meeting at City Hall, however, Adams said the women clergy raised the same concerns he’s heard from the Orthodox community.
“They want safe streets,” Adams said. “They want to be able to have housing. They want to make sure their children are educated. They are concerned about the environment. There may be different ways in [of] accomplishing that, but we all want to get to the same destination.”