NEW YORK – In response to the death today of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Gerald Skolnik and Julie Schonfeld released the following statement:
During his almost 30 years in the Senate, Senator Frank Lautenberg was a true advocate for Israel and the Jewish community, ensuring that refugees from troubled nations could seek safe haven from religious persecution in the United States.
The child of Jewish immigrants to the United States and a World War II hero, Senator Lautenberg was a model Jewish leader – an ambitious and inspiring man who became a leader in Congress. A steadfast advocate for the poor and vulnerable, he was a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. In a similar vein, he leaves behind an admirable legacy of respect for gender and religious equality. Most recently, Senator Lautenberg fought for legislation to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. His advocacy for gun violence prevention legislation will live on after his death.
May his memory be for a blessing.