Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is pleased to announce that he has been named chairman of the New York State chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators. He replaces former Assemblyman Mark Weprin, who served as chairman since 2005. The association is a non-partisan network of federal, state and local legislators, including non-Jewish affiliates, and focuses on issues of social justice, discrimination, poverty, education, and health and human services.
The National Association of Jewish Legislators has its roots in the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, an organization formed in 1988 whose mission is, among other things “to promote an ongoing dialogue and a sense of fraternity among Jewish legislators and [officials]” and “to uphold the principles of democracy, further the cause of human rights and promote the rule of law” worldwide. The ICJP has the support of the Knesset (the legislative branch of the Israeli government), the World Jewish Congress, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israel Forum.
Currently, there are between 30 and 40 members in the New York State chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators.