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Oliver Rosenberg, running against Rep. Jerrold Nadler in Upper West Side primary.

“Nadler just publicly criticized Iran’s firing of ballistic missiles,” Rosenberg notes, but the terms of the deal which Nadler supported specifically weakened the ban on Iranian ballistic missile activity, making Israel less secure, not safer, under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Rosenberg’s style of leadership is best characterized, he says, as one of “seeing a problem or an opportunity, noting whether anyone is going to step up, and then doing so” himself if there is a vacuum.


He gave an example of how he took action while still an undergraduate at YU. He saw that business school graduates of other New York area universities had greater networking abilities, and started a program to greatly enhance and encourage networking with alumni, by presenting to and gaining approval from YU’s board of directors.

Recognizing a problem, figuring out a solution, and stepping forward to take the lead is Rosenberg’s modus operandi. It is what he did when he launched his healthcare initiative, Preath, which will bring free market methodology to healthcare expenses, he did it at YU by starting an initiative which brought in six figures in donations and he did it on the Upper West Side, when he founded Or Chayim.

It is obvious, after speaking with Rosenberg, that an adored role model was his grandfather Stanley Diller.

A Holocaust survivor who arrived as a penniless orphan in the U.S., Diller started out as a factory worker and then went on to selling venetian blinds and floor coverings.  From there he got involved in real estate. Eventually, Diller became a pillar of the Los Angeles Jewish community, building hospitals and schools. Diller founded Yavne Hebrew Academy, the largest Jewish day school outside of New York City. Rosenberg attended Yavne.

Rosenberg realized the party is not likely to endorse him. But that’s okay, he says. “The Republican Party endorsed Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush raised $130 million and had unparalleled name recognition,” and neither of those establishment credentials took them to the finish line. Rosenberg is feeling just fine about having outsider status in this age of political upheaval and unpredictability.

What Rosenberg does have going for him is an unshakable love for the American dream and of the Zionist ideal.

And what about peace in the Middle East? He has ideas about that also, but they don’t involve the imposition of any solutions by the Europeans or the Americans. Or by the United Nations. The parties will have ultimate say, Rosenberg says, and real peace is the only goal.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: [email protected]