WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/24/13 -- In creating a tradition, May has been designated as Jewish Heritage Month to celebrate the talents and contributions of the American Jewish Community to the American society. Yesterday, a ceremony was held in the ornate U.S. Capitol to celebrate just that.
Greg Rosenbaum, Co-Chair of the Jewish American Heritage Month Foundation, acknowledged the importance of the Friedlander Group's event as an integral part of the Washington, DC celebration: "Honoring distinguished Jewish Americans who have contributed so much to our nation in the Capitol Building fulfills the purpose of Jewish American Heritage Month this May and its promise for years to come."
The Congressional Tribute event was opened by Allen Rothenberg, one of the esteemed honorees of the day, singing the National Anthem in the presence of his senator, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Allen Rothenberg, the founder of The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP has served as the national president of COLPA, the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs. In his speech Senator Casey highlighted Allen Rothenberg's dedication and voice of fighting for religious freedom.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire complimented honoree Simcha Eichenstein, who advises the New York State Comptroller and predicted a great future in public service for Mr. Eichenstein. Senator Shaheen in her remarks honored former New Hampshire Senator, Warren Rudman a great Jewish American leader. She presented awards to Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D. the spiritual leader of the The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Safra Synagogue has flourished and become home to the Sephardic community of New York's Upper East Side and visitors from around the world. Senator Shaheen presented awards to 10 founding families of the Synagogue.
Chairman Greg Rosenbaum introduced Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio as a champion of middle class families. Senator Brown in his comments quoted Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heshel, a great leader of the civil rights movement: "What begins as inequality of some inevitably ends as inequality of all," highlighting the strive to economic justice in Jewish teachings. Senator Brown introduced honoree Daniel E. Kestenbaum, founding director of Kestenbaum & Company, a New York City based boutique auction house. Mr. Kestenbaum regards the essential core value of his company as seeking out and subsequently publicizing the importance of Judaic historical artifacts that are crucial to a keener understanding of one's Jewish identity and thus leading to a more upstanding appreciation for ethical citizenry.
Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut expressed a special meaning to the celebration that reminds him of his parents and heritage. He highlighted that this country gave a chance to his immigrant parents and this country created an environment that enables us to be strong for our faith and Israel. Senator Blumenthal presented an award to honoree Simcha Eichenstein and praised him for upholding the highest ethics and Jewish commitment to public service.
Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois, introduced by Master of Ceremonies Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, highlighted the theme of the Congressional Tribute, which is to commemorate Jewish American Heritage in honor of Jewish contributions in business, government, military service, political life, health and science.
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