On October 30, RJV’s Steering Committee met at the beautiful Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY to build relationships, discuss important state issues and map out the future of RJV. We were thrilled to officially welcome our new co-chair, Marc Landis of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, who has shown exceptional leadership since he joined RJV in 2015. Marc will be succeeding Barbara Zaron of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, who will be taking on the title of Emeritus after two successful terms as co-chair. Barbara will continue to be involved in RJV’s work, providing insight and leadership as we move our advocacy forward.
We were also excited to welcome our newest Steering Committee members: Abby Nash of Congregation Beth Emeth (Albany), Té Revesz of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan and Richard Rosen of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester. These three leaders bring with them years of advocacy experience and a passion for social justice, and we were thrilled to welcome them to RJV.
One of the major discussed points at our meeting was a continued dedication to the education situation in East Ramapo. This past June, Governor Cuomo signed a law to provide much-needed funding for key programs and oversight for the East Ramapo school board. , but it only lasts until June of 2017. We need to continue to ensure that the students of the East Ramapo Central School District can access robust public education, and will continue to be active in this work.
As we prepare for the 2017 legislative session and our work to create an Empire State of Tzedek, we wish you and your families Happy Hanukkah!