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With Lewis-Martin (Chief Advisor to Mayor Eric Adams), Fred Kreizman (Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit), Maury Litwack (Founder, Teach Coalition).
Tue, Dec 13 @ 09:00 AM   FREE   The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway

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Although New Yorkers may have separate paths to their respective houses of worship, there comes a time when all faiths must walk together as one family with strength & support for one another. This event brings together political & communal leaders working to enhance the contributions of diverse communities of faith to our vibrant democracy. It will aim to build bridges of understanding between faith communities & to build & promote programs & activities offered to all New Yorkers.


9:00 AM

Doors Open/Breakfast/Networking

9:40 AM

Program Begins

Introduction for Keynote: TBA

9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker: Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chief Advisor to Mayor Eric Adams

10:00 AM

Protecting All Houses of Worship in New York

Hate crimes are a tragic reality for many in the faith community. On July 1, 2022, the state of New York enacted a new gun control law that lists several sensitive locations where New Yorkers are not allowed to carry concealed weapons including any place of worship or religious observation. This is a great step, but what else can we do to better mobilize & help one another prevent & heal from these horrible events? What can the NYPD be doing to protect all houses of worship?


Maury Litwack, OU Managing Director of Public Affairs & Founder of Teach Coalition


Hassan Naveed, Deputy Executive Director of The Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes at NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice

Fred Kreizman, Commissioner NYC Mayor's Community Affairs Unit

Pastor Gilford Monrose, Executive Director, Office of Faith-Based & Community Partnerships

Pastor Rick Sawyer, Special Counsel, Hate Crimes, New York State Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau

11:00 AM


11:15 AM

Support for Faith Based Schools

Across the nation many states are doing more for religious schools - including tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts & vouchers. The state spends hundreds of millions a year on tax breaks for big companies but invests just $956 a year for nonpublic school students (compared to $25,519 a year for public students). New York's failure on this issue comes at a time when we know people are leaving our state in high numbers. With data showing that over a quarter of a million New York students are enrolled in faith-based schools - which is more than the number of students in charter schools - what can our elected officials do to support faith-based schools & keep New York competitive with other states?


Maury Litwack, OU Managing Director of Public Affairs & Founder of Teach Coalition


Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union

Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar, Assembly District 38

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato, Assembly District 23

Dr. Rafeek Mohamed,President, Islamic Schools Association & Principal, Al-Ihsan Academy

Brianne Wetzel, Executive Director, Cornelia Connelly Center

12:10 PM

Closing Remarks

12:15 PM

Event Ends
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