Eric Adams showed off his Brooklyn roots in Ghana on Wednesday night, stopping by a religious center in the West African nation to honor a prominent Jewish leader from Crown Heights during a local Hanukkah festival.
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The mayor-elect took a week-long visit to mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in America. He will be sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City on January 1.
At a Chabad house in the Ghanaian capital Accra, Adams talked about turning the pain of slavery into purpose, a message he said was “personalized” by the “Grand Rebe of Crown Heights”.
Grand Rebe Menachem Mendel Schnerson, who died in 1994, was the head of the Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish Hasidic movement based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He is credited with creating a global Jewish renaissance after the Holocaust.
Adams, the outgoing Brooklyn borough president who represented parts of Crown Heights as a state senator, spoke about spreading “the energy and spirit of Judaism” by encouraging followers to open Chabad centers around the world like Accra. I talked.
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“We’re looking at the seeds they planted,” Adams told the crowd in a video of the comments obtained by the Post. The Accra Center is run by a Brooklyn, Chabad rabbi Noach Majewski.
“We need each other, no matter how challenging it is, we know that New Yorkers are resilient, strong and we are people of faith,” Adams said at the Chabad-Lubavitch event on Sunday.
Adams described his visit to Ghana as a “spiritual journey” where he would connect with his ancestors who came to America in a slave ship. Adams will be the city’s second African American mayor.
“Visiting Ghana and looking to find purpose from the pain of his family and people’s past, Eric Rebe sees inspiration from Rabbi Menachem M. Schnerson, from Crown Heights—Erik’s old district—and a Holocaust Jewish revival. for which he is considered the most influential rabbi in modern history,” said Rabbi Motti Seligson, director of public relations at Chabad.org.