The Jewish Community Relations Council, with the support of the UJA Federation, recently led a mission to Israel. The group traveled from the top of the Chermon Mountains on the Syrian border to S’derot overlooking Gaza and was briefed by IDF intelligence officers on the various security and border protections. The group was privileged to meet with President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and members of the Knesset representing multiple parties, including Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), MK Hilik Bar (Labor), and MK Ofer Shelach (Yesh Atid).
Pictured here are (standing, L–R) New York State Assembly members James Skoufis, Robert Rodriguez, Fred Thiele, Ed Hennessy, Dan Quart, Nily Rozic, Shelly Mayer, Michaelle Solages, and Francisco Moya; (standing, center) Hindy Poupko of JCRC; and (seated) Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Michael Miller of JCRC, MK Hilik Bar, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Also in attendance but not pictured was Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz.