IN A MEETING designed to share concerns of the state’s Jewish community, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker met Nov. 21 in his Newark office with leaders of the state’s Jewish federations and their umbrella organization, the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations.
Association president Gordon Haas cited the senator’s record of support for many of the deep interests of the community. “Time and again Sen. Booker has made himself available to listen to the varied voices in our community,” Haas said. “His accessibility to us is so much more important now as post-election uncertainty has left the Jewish community with many questions as to the New Jersey-Israel relationship, our individual freedoms, and, among others, the availability of the resources and support in Washington as to the services and programs we provide to the most vulnerable.”
“The exchange with Sen. Booker was very encouraging,” said State Association executive director Jacob Toporek. “The senator spoke in strong terms about maintaining Israel’s security, preserving the charitable deduction as the resource lifeline for nonprofits such as our federations and their affiliated agencies, and protecting Medicaid, which reimburses our institutions $6 billion annually for the services we provide,” Toporek said.
Haas added, “We also welcomed the senator’s deep concern as to the rise in anti-Semitism and incidents and crimes of hate. Sen. Booker acknowledged…that becoming a leading voice in speaking out against intolerance and for civil discourse and mutual respect will be a major focus of his tenure in the Senate.”