On the evening of June 27, members of the New York City Jewish community gathered together with Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for a celebration of Jewish Heritage at Gracie Mansion. Representatives from all walks of Jewish Life came together, showing the beautiful diversity of our Jewish community and recognition that despite our differences, we are stronger when we stand together.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, who we are proud to have as a member of our National Board, received a special honor from Mayor DeBlasio at the celebration. In his speech, the Mayor discussed the importance of building and maintaining strong inter-community relationships with all of the communities that surround one’s own. In light of this, Mayor DeBlasio declared June 27, 2017 to be Rabbi Joe Potasnik Day, in recognition of Rabbi Potasnik’s steadfast commitment to building bridges and friend- ships between the Jewish community and every group that calls New York City home.
“For forty-five years, wherever Rabbi Potasnik goes in New York, he is considered a friend by all who know him. At the [New York Board of Rabbis], we know him as our “Rabbi of the Rabbis”. We congratulate Rabbi Potasnik on being the Mayor’s honoree this year, and may you continue to go from strength to strength,” said Mayor De Blasio.
Bnai Zion was one of the event’s sponsors. Executive VP Cheryl Bier, Director of Strategy and Development Stephen Becker, and National Board Member Stephanie Garry attended to represent the organization and support Rabbi Potasnik.