Senator Jeff Klein hosted his 3rd annual Riverdale Jewish American Heritage Month Celebration on May 21 at the Riverdale YM-YWHA. During the event, Senator Klein honored local Jewish American leaders for their many accomplishments and contributions to the community.
“Jewish American Heritage Month is an important time of the year where we honor the countless contributions Jewish Americans have made throughout our nation’s storied history. Right here in Riverdale, we have many local Jewish American leaders who lead by example and improve the quality of life for their fellow citizens. I’m proud to recognize and salute not just our local honorees, but all Jewish Americans across the country,” said Senator Klein.
Joined by over one hundred community members and Congressman Eliot Engel, Senator Klein celebrated and honored local Jewish Americans including: Judith Sonnett, community activist; Hector Goldman, World War II Veteran; Michael Heller, Bronx Community Board #8 District Manager; Ken and Cochava Dubin, Owners of The Corner Cafe.
“I want to thank Senator Klein. I have been part of this community for 30 years or longer. I love the community. I love being Jewish. I love being a New Yorker. I love being an American and I will continue to work as hard as I can,” said Judith Sonett, community activist.
“Thank you, Senator Klein. I came to this country and a year later I was back in Europe fighting the Germans. I am very proud of that,” said Hector Goldman, World War II Veteran.
Following the awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a complimentary lunch while listening to Klezmer music, which was performed by members of Shlomo Haviv Music.