Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, lauded Thursday NY’s senior senator and mayor for understanding the importance pf standing up and speaking out for what they believe in.
“When Moses turned over the leadership to Joshua, he summed up what a leader has to be in two words: ‘Chazak V’ematz’ – be strong and have the courage. There are a lot of leaders who have the convictions but no strength. There are a lot who have the strength but no convictions. A real leader has to have both, and the courage to stand up when it’s not popular,” Hoenlein said Thursday night as he introduced Senator Chuck Schumer to deliver the keynote speech at Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s inauguration.
“And I want to say, we have two great examples of that in our city – one is Chuck Schumer, who stood up on the Iran sanctions bill, as he has on some any other things, because it wasn’t easy. And because of him others followed. And the second one – Mayor de Blasio, standing up when he went to AIPAC and said, ‘I as mayor will stand up for the state of Israel’, regardless of those who were against it. That is what a public official has to be. They have to stand up and speak out and have the courage of their convictions,” he said.