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Apr 7, 2021

Greater Miami Jewish Federation, JCRC Mourn Death of Rep. Alcee Hastings

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The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) mourn the death of Congressman Alcee Hastings. A staunch civil-rights advocate whose activism began in the 1950s with lunch counter sit-ins and other demonstrations, he was a stalwart supporter of Israel and longtime friend to the South Florida Jewish community.

State Sen. Shevrin Jones said it best: “It’s a huge loss because he was a spokesperson for so many, not just the Black community, but the Jewish community. He was able to resonate with so many people because he told the un-doctored truth.” We are grateful for Congressman Hastings’ friendship over decades, especially as a long-standing and influential leader of the Congressional Black Caucus where he was a consistent voice advancing the importance of a close and cooperative relationship between the Black and Jewish communities.

May Congressman Hastings’ legacy live on, in the halls of Congress and throughout our communities.

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