Good evening friends and colleagues, Reverend Nutall, Rabbi Stutman, ladies and gentlemen.
Let me begin by thanking my good friend Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, as well as members of the Council of the District of Columbia, the judiciary, anc commissioners and civic, corporate and community leaders from across our great city. It’s a great honor to have you here this evening.
I would also like to thank congresswoman Corrine Brown and Congressman Trey Gowdy for being here tonight. I appreciate working with congressman gowdy as chair of the house subcommittee on the District of Columbia. I was delighted that when he became chairman last year, he took the time to come and visit with us at the Wilson Building to begin what has been a productive relationship. And, I want to thank the good people of the Sixth and I historic synagogue who have provided us this wonderful venue. As Reverend Nutall reminded us, this special place connects our past, our present, and our future.