Booker in the Hood at YU

Newark Mayor Cory Booker at YU's Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

The New York Jewish Week on Mayor Cory Booker’s Speech at Yeshiva University’s Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

Newark Mayor Cory Booker at YU's Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

Newark Mayor Cory Booker at YU's Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation

Cory Booker seems to find himself in the right places at the right times. Two decades ago, as a 22-year-old Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he found himself one night at Shmuley Boteach’s L’Chaim Society, a Jewish cultural center on campus.

He was invited by a young woman for a Simchat Torah celebration. When he walked into Chabad House everyone froze. He looked for his date but found men with beards and skullcaps.

Disappointed on not finding his date, he turned to leave when the rabbi’s wife ran over. ”The young lady who was to meet you couldn’t make it,” she said. “Please join us.”

“This is a scene from Yentl,” he thought. Read full article in The New York Jewish Week

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