Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman spoke eloquently about the importance of service as he helped launch UJA-Federation of New York’s Tov B’Yachad initiative in Manhattan on February 19th at the Jewish Center.

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Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Saul Burian and Pamela Emmerich, Manhattan Tov B’Yachad Chairs. Photo: Chloe Apple Seldman/ Michael Priest Photography

“There is no larger platform to reach a host of mitzvot — from helping children to supporting Israel to representing our community to the larger community — than UJA-Federation of New York,” said Senator Lieberman. “I’m honored to be part of the launch of Tov B’Yachad, which is building stronger bridges between UJA-Federation and the Orthodox community.”

Nearly 500 guests turned out for the inaugural event of Tov B’Yachad [Good Together], held in collaboration with the May and Samuel Rudin Lecture Series and The Jewish Center on the Upper West Side. “I take pride in UJA-Federation helping us to make our community strong,” said Rabbi Yosie Levine, spiritual leader of the Jewish Center.

Senator Lieberman credited his work in politics to a mix of influences that tied back to the importance of service.

“What moved me to get involved with politics? The love and support of my parents, reading history, and the election of Kennedy during a formative stage of my life,” he said. “And also the Torah and lessons rabbis taught me about service to community. Lessons directly from Sinai. But when Jews received our destiny of ethics and purpose, it was never limited to the Jewish community, it was a responsibility to reach out to the wider world.”

Senator Lieberman also answered several questions from the audience that were facilitated by Rabbi Levine, as well as Saul Burian and Pamela Emmerich, the Manhattan Tov B’Yachad chairs.

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Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman with Eric Goldstein, CEO-elect of UJA-Federation and Linda Mirels, Chair of the Board of UJA-Federation. Photo: Chloe Apple Seldman/ Michael Priest Photography

Emmerich closed the evening encouraging guests to find out how they can participate in the activities of Tov B’Yachad, which is dedicated to strengthening the connection between the Orthodox Jewish community and UJA-Federation. “We hoped we piqued your curiosity about UJA-Federation,” she said.

UJA-Federation’s network of agencies helps support the Jewish community in New York, in Israel, and around the world through daily work that embraces an array of services, including helping Jewish day schools in New York City’s five boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester; providing thousands of kosher meals to New Yorkers in need; caring for isolated older adults and Holocaust survivors; and trauma counseling in Israel to cope with rocket attacks and other acts of violence.

For information, contact Nessa Liben, Tov B’Yachad director.