January 2021 -- Tevet-Shevat 5781,  Volume 27, Issue 1

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Lowey and Engel Honored by UJA, WJC and Community


UJA and Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) joined the Westchester Jewish Community in honoring Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey in a virtual Chanukah Celebration on Tuesday, December 15, with a performance of Tizmoret, Queens College Hillel’s professional a Capella group. Rabbi Howard Goldsmith, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye and President, Westchester Board of Rabbis lit candles for the Sixth Night of Chanukah.


Karen Everett, WJC Board of Directors noted that both Engel and Lowey were both elected in 1988 and served 16 terms.  Congresswoman Lowey is currently Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, the first woman to hold that position.


“Her long list of accomplishments includes funding to clean up Long Island Sound; more than a million dollars to fund Rockland children exposed to violence; support for the MTA recovery from COVID and funding for community health centers throughout lower Hudson Valley.


“Congressman Engel is currently Chair of the House Committee of Foreign Affairs.  Most recently he has led funding for research for the National Institute of Health concerning impact of Coronavirus on children. He has worked for additional education funding of New York Public Schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Past UJA J-Teen Abe Baker-Butler, Rye Brook noted Engel’s support of gun safety, advocating Westchester Student Coalition Against Gun Violence and E-Cigarette addiction, sounding the alarm against vaping, as well as supporting Students Against Nicotine, sponsoring the Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019.


“It is important that the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong, bi-partisan and give Israel enough funds to defend themselves,” Engel stressed.  Lowey also appropriated aid for Israel.


Lowey proudly pointed to her 2019 Middle East Partnership for Peace Act with Representative Jeff Fortenberry and Senate support, promoting Israeli/Palestinian economic cooperation.