Via the AP: Her election is “a step for the ultra-Orthodox community at large,” showing it’s open to women making progress on the political ladder, said Yossi Gestetner, a longtime Hasidic political activist and public relations consultant who co-managed Freier’s campaign.
Via the JTA: For help in her uphill battle, [Rachel] Freier reached out to Yossi Gestetner and Gary Tilzer to manage her campaign… “We had a dozen rabbinical voices who publicly backed the candidacy in addition to women rabbinical leaders who also backed the candidacy,” Gestetner said. “Multiple Yiddish-language publications actually interviewed the candidate and were very fair to her. The vote in Borough Park was split in half. Such a vote outcome is a huge success for a first-time, non-establishment, woman candidate. So not only was there no backlash, there were thumbs-up all around.”
Mishpacha Magazine, one of the leading weekly magazines in the Jewish community, profiled Yossi Gestetner: “There is a definite edge to Yossi Gestetner, the way he speaks, even the way he walks. If you’re one of his listeners on the Yiddish-language Kol Mevaser hotline, you hear it in his news analysis. If you read his pieces in the wider Orthodox press, you’ll see it in his punditry. And if you’re following political developments in New York’s religious neighborhoods, then you saw his effect just last week: he successfully managed Ruchie Freier’s victorious campaign for civil court judge and assisted Aron Wieder’s successful Democratic primary bid for New York State assembly.” (See the full article here)
Village Voice August 8, 2016: Yossi Gestetner, who provides inter-community and public relations services, serves as kind of a community liaison to the South Williamsburg neighborhood. After meeting with representatives from the Worker’s Justice Project, he says he sees some promise in the jobs center idea.
“If you have a proposal that is mutually beneficial, my opinion is that people would be very receptive,” Gestetner says. “I think if people in Hasidic Williamsburg knew that someone who comes to work at their place has, for example, a card that identifies some kind of background check, they would be more comfortable to work with these people. And if either side has a complaint or concern to bring up, it’s always better if there can be someone in charge to facilitate it.” (more…)
One year after the double terrorist attack that left two dead and five wounded in Copenhagen, American Jewish groups expressed solidarity with the Danish people and called on leaders to take action against extremism… Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the New York-based Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, also expressed solidarity with Danish Jews, and told The Jerusalem Post that “leaders need to reject those in their own communities who incite against others… Elected officials must condemn hateful rhetoric, and governments globally should step up police protection for communities more susceptible to attack – especially at schools.”
Rockland County Legislator Aron Wider, Benny Pollatschek , and Yossi Gestetner in Queens on July 17, 2014 for the wake of 20 month old Dominic Mero who died last week when he was hit by a pickup truck that was backing up in the parking lot of the Rose Avenue apartment complex [in Spring Valley]