Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Simcha in the Senate

Binyamin Rose, New York

As a yeshivah bochur it wasn’t easy to sit still, yet in the past five decades New York State Senator Simcha Felder has learned about taking his energy and spirit of selflessness into public office to help others. Whether it’s going to bat for his Jewish voters or Asian constituents, Felder always keeps his eyes focused on the needs of his district.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Simcha Felder is a study in contrasts. He was an unruly yeshivah bochur with little patience for learning, but sat tight long enough to earn semichah and a master’s degree in business. Though he admittedly lacks zitzfleish, he devoted his early career to the most sedentary of professions — auditing. He ran for New York State Senate as a Democrat in 2012, then days after he won the election, decided to caucus with the Republicans — for all intents and purposes defecting to the other side. He said just one word: “Here” — on the floor of the New York State Senate in his first year in office — and then only because he had to answer to a roll call. Yet when impassioned by a cause, he can unleash as fiery a speech as any skilled orator.  Despite the forces that tug him in disparate ways,SimchaFelder, at age 57, clings to one thread of consistency — his spirit of selflessness and desire to utilize his position in public office to help others. 

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War.
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman Usually, the only person to find fault with is the one i...
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “I don’t want to take any medications and I’m afraid you...
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Raising a difficult child is difficult — but you can mak...
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
Zivia Reischer and D. Himy “I never realized there was anything wrong with Chevy, a...