Weekly Archive of the Guests of 2018
The show welcomes former New York City Council Member, Lew Fidler.
This week, listeners will enjoy post Primary Election Analysis on various New York City races and what their outcomes represent. This includes the Congressional primary for the Republican candidate in NY’s District 11. Plus, opinions on the close race between Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Adam Bunkeddeko and the defeat of Congressman Joe Crowley to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Bronx.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, a Brooklyn native proud of her Jamaican heritage, graduated from Oberlin College, and was a recipient of the prestigious APPAM/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis.
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Clarke served on the New York City Council, representing the Fortieth District in Brooklyn. She succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Council Member Dr. Una S. T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the City Council.
Adem Bunkeddeko is a longtime resident of Crown Heights. Adem’s parents are war refugees who fled Uganda’s turbulent civil war to seek sanctuary and opportunity in the United States. Adem is one of the first members of his family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree. He received a B.A. from Haverford College, where he studied Political Science and Philosophy, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Congressman Dan Donovan, NY-11 joins the show this week to discuss the upcoming race for the Congressional seat he holds. His challenger is Michael Grimm, the previous Congressman for District 11. Primary voting occurs on June 26, 2018.
Congress member Donovan also speaks on his Congressional voting record in comparison to former Congressman Grimm. Donovan has voted with Trump 90% of the time. He strongly underlines and highlights the details of the past conviction of Michael Grimm, for tax evasion.
This week, the show welcomes Malcolm Hoenlein, has been the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations since June 1986. Topics include recent headlines relating to Israel. Bibi Netanyahu went to discuss Gaza in Europe and asked ” What are we to do?” in regards to protecting their citizens from the Palestinians in Gaza. No one suggested an option of which Israel had not tried. 500 fire kits were released by the Gazans that destroyed 7 square miles of property. Continued discussion depicts many details and further topics.
Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan joins the show this week. As Consul General, he represents the State of Israel to communities from throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware.
Amb. Dayan has a long time reputation as an Israeli public figure, lecturer and entrepreneur enjoying wide support and appreciation from all sides of the Israeli political spectrum. Click Here to read full bio.
Michael Miller, Executive Vice President of Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) joins the show. New York City Council Speaker, Corey Johnson speaks with Leon about his recent Mission Trip to Israel. Additional guests include New York City Council Member, Alicka Amphry-Samuel (District 41) and New York City Council Member, Ritchie J. Torres (District 15).
May 19, 2018
There is no show this week, as Community Matters observes the holiday of Shavuos.
May 12, 2018
There is no show this week due to the Oorah Radiothon. For more information on Oorah please CLICK HERE to visit there official website.
May 5, 2018
This week Community Matters welcomed guest Simcha Einchenstein and co-host Chaskel Bennett. Mr. Eichenstein has announced his candidacy to replace the current Assemblyman Dov Hikind, upon his retirement. He is looked at as the clear choice for the area. Listen in as he discusses his experience and plans for the district.
Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams joins the show this week. Discussion topics begin with recent anti-semetic attack of Menachem Moskowitz (Click here to see video), and the rally that followed in Crown Heights. Further discussion highlights the rise of visitors to Brooklyn, upcoming events and more. Plus, projects the Borough President’s office is working on.
Back by popular demand, this week’s show is an encore presentation of Leon’s interview with Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez. The popular DA made history by becoming the first Latino elected to serve as District Attorney in New York State (in November 2017). His historic election followed his appointment by Governor Andrew Cuomo a year earlier to finish the term of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, following his tragic death from cancer on October 9, 2016. DA Gonzalez had been Mr. Thompson’s Chief Assistant District Attorney and was sworn in as Acting District Attorney in October of 2016. Click here to read Eric Gonzalez’s full bio.
Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez visits the show this week. The Brooklyn DA discusses current issues in the justice system. He continues on to talk about Project Clear. This program deals with people whom are addicted to opioids and heroine. The goal is to help get those addicted to these drugs into rehab, instead of jail. They utilize peer drug counselors and have partnered with the NYPD.
April 7, 2018
Recap and insight into Leon’s recent trip to Israel with Am Echad. This week’s show is a wrap up of what happened on that trip. He met with the ministers of Parliament, with the organization, and spoke on behalf of the Orthodox community. The group explained that on this issue, the Federation does not speak on behalf of ALL Jews in America.
March 31, 2018
No broadcast due to Passover Holiday
March 24, 2018
Community Leader Chaskel Bennett joins the show this week to discuss an upcoming mission trip to Albany. He also discusses the status of the recent missions to Albany, NY.
Report and recap on the AIPAC Policy Conference. Guests include: Congressman Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R-NY-11), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Congressman John Faso (R-NY-19), Naftali Bennett – Minister of Education of Israel and Gilad Sharon who is a Journalist for the Jerusalem Post and the Youngest son of Ariel Sharon.
Listen in as Leon interviews fellow board members and the Lou Welz, the Executive Director of The Council of Jewish Organization’s – Flatbush chapter (COJO). They will host their Annual Legislative Breakfast on March 11 at Kol Yaakov in Brooklyn, NY. If you haven’t purchased your tickets, a limited amount of tickets for walk in seating is available.
Behind the Scenes at the Agudath Leadership Mission to Washington D.C. Guests include: Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey – District 4), Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa- District 4) and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois – District 8).
Discussion regarding the upcoming “Shoot for Shalom” fundraising event for Shalom Torah Centers. The nights guests Rabbi Nachman Greenwald who is the Executive Director of Shalom Torah Centers and Josh Pruzansky who is the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at Shalom Torah Centers.
Leon reviews his questions and answers on Rubashkin with to New York Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer.
The main broadcast focuses on the upcoming Am Echad Mission to Israel. This week’s guest list includes Dr. Irving Lebovic, Board of Trustees for the Agudath Israel of America and Rabbi Avi Schafran, Director of Public Affairs at Agudath Israel of America.
Click here to read about this trip on Hamodia.com
Police Commissioner of the City of New York, James O’Neill. He had served previously as chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank. He was instrumental in developing neighborhood policing, which is renewing and recasting the NYPD’s patrol function to provide greater police and community interaction and collaboration.
Discussion pertains to accomplishments within the New York City Police Department. The recent drop in the city’s murder rate to 292 TOTAL murders last year (2017).
The show focuses on the recent “State of the Union” address made by President of Donald Trump. Guest Jake Turx, White House Correspondent for Ami Magazine weighs in the on speech and other related topics. Key topics of discussion include Israel and other conflicts occurring around the globe.
Leon is joined by two guests. Guest one is Pastor Gil Monrose of Mt. Zion Church of G-d in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Seventh Day Adventist. Guest two is Evan Bernstein who is New York Regional Director of the Anti Defamation league. Discussion topics related to Israel and the recent American politics that goes along with it.
Guest 1: Daniel Rosenthal, represents New York’s 27th Assembly District, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Kew Gardens Hills, Kew Gardens, Pomonok, Electchester, College Point and parts of Whitestone, Richmond Hill, Briarwood and Forest Hills.
Guest 2: Kalman Yeger, New York City Council Member – NYC 44 District. He is a member of the following council committees: Committee on Contracts, Committee on Environmental Protection, Committee on Governmental Operations, Committee on Immigration, Committee on Oversight and Investigation and Committee on Technology.
Esteemed guest Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is an Israeli attorney, human rights activist and the founder of Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center. She has been leading the legal fight against terror financing, the anti-Israel boycott campaigns (BDS) and combating the multitude of lawfare tactics utilized against the Jewish State by its enemies.
Discussion pertaining to interested ways the organization has shut off the monies available to terrorists on many occasions, including a successful effort she worked on that cut off $300M in funding.
Jason Bedrick is the Director of Policy at EdChoice and was a policy analyst with Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom from 2012 to 2017. Bedrick previously served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.
Discussion in regards to school choice and it’s origins. Information pertaining to segregation by housing that occurs in public school districts across the country. Voucher programs, public funds and many more details of the great school debate over access to high quality education that fits their independent educational needs.