Congressman Donovan Briefs Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish Leaders on Term in Office
Congressman Dan Donovan met with leaders of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community Sunday morning for an update on his first nine months in office.
The meeting was hosted by Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition and FJCC executive board member Alan Esses, a longtime leader of the Flatbush Hatzoloh and Sephardic Bikur Cholim organizations.
“Mr. Donovan kept his campaign promise and made his first trip abroad to Israel,” said Leon Goldenberg, another FJCC executive board member, in a FJCC press release. “We are counting on him to represent our community’s deeply held interests in support of the safety and security of Israel.”
Attendees of the meeting included FJCC executive board members Avi Schick, Chaskel Bennett and Peter Rebenwurzel, who, along with others present, discussed a wide range of issues, including federal employment discrimination cases for Americans with relatives in Israel charged with dual loyalty, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses, and federal sanctioning of labeling goods from Judea and Samaria.
One of the most fervent points of discussion revolved around assisting struggling tuition-paying parents through federal tax deductions or credits. Issues such as crime, police/community relations and terrorism affecting the local Flatbush community were addressed as well.
Donovan, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, vowed to work with the Jewish community in fighting rising anti-Semitism and threats to the Jewish community as a whole.
“We were honored to host the Congressman’s first meeting with the Brooklyn Jewish community last year, before the special election,” FJCC Chairman Josh Mehlman said.
“It is important that we continue to discuss community concerns and policy issues – both domestic and international with our elected representatives. Meetings like this are essential to that effort.”
Donovan in May succeeded Michael Grimm, who stepped down after pleading guilty to tax fraud charges