Over 100 community and political leaders joined Councilman David G. Greenfield last Thursday as he hosted his annual Sukkos celebration at the home of Renewal Chairman Mendy & Zisi Reiner in Boro Park, Brooklyn, in honor Israel’s new Consul General, Ambassador Dani Dayan. Guests mingled and enjoyed a wide variety of ethnic food including sushi, brisket, pastrami and other delicacies while feting the Israeli Ambassador.
The event, which was held in a Boro Park sukkah, was attended by some of the top political and community leaders from Brooklyn and all of New York City, including members of the State Assembly such as Phil Goldfeder, Nily Rozic, Steven Cymbrowitz and Eric Adams, as well as Councilmembers Mark Levine, Rafael Espinal, Alan Maisel, Laurie Cumbo and Vincent Gentile. Also in attendance were Pinny Ringel, CAU Commissioner Marco Carrion and Simcha Eichenstein representing Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Brooklyn’s Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Deputy Secretary to the Governor Mark Weprin represented Governor Andrew Cuomo and Jelanie DeShong represented Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. BSA Chair Margery Perlmutter was also in attendance as were Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder and the Commanding Officers of the NYPD’s 62nd and 66th precincts.
In remarks honoring Israel’s new consul general, Greenfield praised Ambassador Dayan’s desire to work with people from all across the political spectrum, saying that Dayan is “someone who is able to talk to people regardless of their preconceived notions on Israel. The Ambassador will bring his love of Israel to conversations with people from all walks of life. If they are willing to hear him out, he is happy to engage”
In turn, Ambassador Dayan praised Councilman Greenfield’s dedication to Israel. “When I first came here, I told my staff that one of the first people I wanted to meet with was David Greenfield,” Dayan said. “They told me that because of political protocol I should not meet with him first; I should meet with so-and-so or so-and-so and meet with David later, but I said I wanted David to be one of the first people I met with because I knew his love of Israel and I knew how important he is in the New York Jewish community.” Dayan pledged to represent Israel faithfully as Consul General and said his door would always be open to Greenfield for future collaboration.
Other Jewish community activists also attended the celebration, including Ronald Tawil and Sam Sutton of the Sephardic Community Federation, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel of Agudath Israel of America, Raisa Chernina, founder and president of the Russian Be Proud Foundation, Yitzchok Fleisher, Heshie Dembitzer amd Joel Rosenfeld of the Bobov Community, Chanina Sperling and Zaki Tamir of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Jerry Greenwald of The Jewish Press, Steven Matsas of Image Magazine, David Ben Hooren of the Jewish Voice and Jacob Kornbluh of the Jewish Insider. Also in attendance were Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, Community Board 12 District Manager Barry Spitzer, Kalman Yeger of Community Board 14, Mr. Josh Mehlman and Shaul Stein of the Flatbush Jewish Community Council. Amir Sagei, Inon Elroy, and Andrew Gross of the Israeli Consul General’s Office also joined their boss at the sukkah event.