The following is a statement from the National Council of Young Israel on the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch:
“The National Council of Young Israel expresses its condolences on the passing of Mayor Edward Koch. During his three terms as Mayor of the City of New York and throughout his many decades in the public eye, Mayor Koch consistently demonstrated an innate commitment to the Jewish community and a willingness to tackle the issues that were important to them. Mayor Koch was a staunch defender of the Jewish people who worked tirelessly to restore a sense of pride to New York City and its large and vibrant Jewish community. He took a keen interest in the well-being of the State of Israel and often went to great lengths to bring important issues pertaining to the Jewish State to the forefront. Mayor Koch was a champion of New York who helped revitalize the city and solidify its place as a cultural and financial hub. His warmth, gregarious nature, and unwavering dedication to New Yorkers will be sorely missed.
“May G-d comfort his family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”