Representative Jerry Nadler visited the home of the revered Munkatcher Rebbe, shlita, where he was warmly welcomed by the Rebbe. The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss various issues personally important to the Rebbe and to the community at large regarding criminal justice reform as it relates to the recently enacted First Step Act. The congressman was accompanied by Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group.
The discussion also focused on a bill Congressman Nadler authored. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) protects individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions from discrimination in zoning and landmark laws.
Attending the meeting were important community leaders, including Rabbi Moshe Margaretten of Tzedek Association who was the driving force behind the efforts to ensure passage of the First Step Act, prominent Torah and chesed philanthropist Reb Avrohom Pinchas Berkowitz, community activist Rabbi Chesky Blau, Rabbi Efraim Fink of Bnos Chaya School for Girls, and Tzedek activists Reb Binyumin Kramer and Reb Anchi Berko.
During the meeting, the Rebbe, shlita, reminisced and reminded Congressman Nadler of their relationship going back decades, praising the congressman for his “friendship to the community and [for] always [being] willing to listen to our concerns and be of help wherever possible.”