From left: Michael Feinman, executive director of JNF -USA Tri State Region; Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson; Ambassador Asaf Zamir, Consul General of Israel; Rabbi Bob Kaplan, executive director of the Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Credit: Contrbuted

Rep. Ritchie Torres and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson were honored by the Consulate General of Israel with the 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Award.

Gibson took office as Bronx borough president in January, following a seven-year stint as a New York City Councilmember. She is the first female and African American borough president in the Bronx.

Torres represents the 15th Congressional District, having been elected to that office in November 2020. Torres has been a public servant for his community in the Bronx for much longer than that. When he was just 25 years old, he was first elected to the New York City Council. Torres will be traveling to Israel for a week-long trip this Saturday, continuing to show his support for the Jewish state.

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