Community Events

Interfaith Breakfast

January 11, 2018
The annual Interfaith Breakfast brought together faith leaders from across New York City and aimed at helping our city's most underserved residents.

The New York Public Library President Tony W. Marx provided opening remarks for the event, followed by an introduction of remarks by Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr., of the First Corinthian Baptist Church. Invocations were provided by:

  • Rabbi Boruch Bender, Achiezer Community Resource Center
  • Sunita Viswanath, Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
  • Arvind Kaur, Sikh Cultural Society
  • Sultana Ocasio, Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development
  • Venerable You Zong, International Buddhist Progress Society
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA
  • Elder David L. Buckner, Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network

The invocations were followed by remarks by:

  • Referend A.R. Bernard, Christian Cultural Center
  • First Lady Chirlane McCray, City of New York
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, City of New York

A final benediction was provided by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the New York Board of Rabbis.


We would like to acknowledge and thank our committed sponsors and supporters of the 2018 Interfaith Breakfast, without whom this event would not be possible.

Thank You to Our 2018 Interfaith Breakfast Sponsors:

  • Christian Cultural Center
  • Council of Churches of the City of New York
  • New York Board of Rabbis
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • UJA-Federation of New York
  • Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
  • Sephardic Community Federation

Thank You to Our Contributors:

  • Bnai Zion Foundation
  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York
  • New York Theological Seminary
  • Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Inc.
  • HSBC Bank USA, N.A.


Audio Description: Watch as First lady Chirlane McCray welcomes us to join her at the Children's Holiday Party at Gracie Mansion where she meets and greets with children who participate in arts and crafts and other activities.

Audio Description: Watch the livestream of the 2018 Interfaith Breakfast, hosted by the Mayor and First Lady. The program included opening remarks, invocations from a variety of faith leaders from throughout New York City, and remarks by the Mayor and First Lady.

Read the 2018 Interfaith Breakfast Transcript
Read the 2017 Interfaith Breakfast Transcript
Read the 2016 Interfaith Breakfast Transcript
Watch the 2016 Interfaith Breakfast Video

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