Late last month, the Simon Wiesenthal’s Eastern Region hosted a special program at Yankee Stadium. Chaired by Charles Everhardt of Veterans Services USA, it paid tribute to the distinguished people who have been true regional leaders in the fight against hate, bias, and antisemitism.
This year’s honorees included Joseph and Michael DeCotiis of DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole, & Giblin; Rivkie Feiner, CEO of Feiner Grant Strategies and a board member of the Jewish Federation of Rockland; Edison Mayor Samip “Sam” Joshi; KV Kumar of the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas Sullivan, the vice chair of the board of Bergen County commissioners. SWC also presented a belated award and recognition to Tunisha Walker-Miller, who had been an honoree at last year’s program but had covid and couldn’t be there.
Israel’s consul general in New York, Asaf Zamir; New York City Council’s majority whip, Selvena Brooks-Powers; and the Wiesenthal Center’s eastern director, Michael Cohen, were among the speakers. NJ State Senator Gordon Johnson; Bergen County Clerk John Hogan; NYC council member Eric Dinowitz, who chairs its Jewish Caucus; and NYC Council minority whip Inna Vernikov also were there. Joseph Borgen, a young Jewish man who was attacked in a New York City gang assault last year, and has stood strong in the face of violent hate crimes, was there too.
Cross River Bank, Dr. Ben Chouake of Englewood, Martin Elias, Bergen County Building Trades, IUOE Local 94, 94A, 94B, and Robert Fluent & IBEW Local 164 all were sponsors.