Met Council breakfast hears survivor


As with everything in the Jewish world post-Oct. 7, this year’s pre-parade Met Council legislative breakfast in Manhattan had a much different feel.

The event featured the haunting personal story of Michal Ohana, who broke down as she recounted her survival of the Nova festival massacre.

Seventy-five local, state and federal elected officials joined more than 300 attendees in recognizing the work of America’s largest Jewish poverty charity.

“Met Council’s mission each day is tzedakah, rooted in the Hebrew word ‘justice’,” said Met Council CEO David Greenfield, who met Ohana on a recent trip to Israel. “Beyond the work that we do to fight poverty, domestic violence and elder abuse, we must also lift the voices of our sisters and brothers who were attacked and are still being held hostage in Gaza.”

Footage that Ohana recorded on her phone on the fateful day was shown before and after her painful address.

Ohana was left for dead by Hamas terrorists after being shot, only to be found and rescued more than eight hours later by the Israel Defense Forces. Her account of the horrors brought many in the audience on Sunday to tears.

“As the home to the largest Jewish population outside of Israel anywhere, when the people of Israel are hurting, the people of New York are hurting,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul. “To me, that’s what this parade is all about: to stand with the hostages and their families and to make sure they are reunited once and for all.”