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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Letitia James

New York Attorney General

“Tish gets it.” That was the appreciative judgement of Rabbi David Zwiebel — executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America – following New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James’s decisive action to end the discriminatory housing practices that have prevented members of the Jewish community from moving to Chester, a small town in upstate New York that lies to the west of the mainly Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel. “The discriminatory and illegal actions perpetrated by Orange County and the Town of Chester are blatantly antisemitic, and go against the diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance that New York prides itself on,” James declared as she announced her decision. “Every New Yorker deserves equal opportunities in housing, regardless of gender, race, nationality, or their faith.” The 67th Attorney General for the State of New York, James is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected to the AG’s role. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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