Merry Christmas!

Check out my Christmas Day greeting to Miami Beach.

Today is Christmas Day – its also my favorite time of year. Not just because of the lights, decorations, and cooler weather. But because the holidays remind me of the miracles of both ancient times and present day.


On this joyful season I draw inspiration from the perseverance of Jewish people and the persistence of faith, even against daunting odds. The miracle of the small portion of oil they found to light the Menorah. A light that stayed shining for eight days overcoming the impossible. A light that is celebrated in Miami Beach with undiminished wonder and joy this Hanukkah.


I personally celebrate with Robert and my family the birth of Jesus. We remember that the Virgin Mary was turned away from the inn and that the shining light of the star of Bethlehem led them to the humble manger were Jesus – the Prince of Peace – was born to Mary and Joseph. That shining light of His birth on Christmas Day continues to break through darkness over two thousand years later.


We rejoice in the miracles we celebrate during the holidays because it is through the teachings of Christmas and Hannukah that we find peace and inspiration to do good for mankind.


As we celebrate Christmas Day let us remember that the branches of the Christmas tree spring out in different directions in a beautiful display of fullness all connected to a sturdy trunk.


The arms of the menorah, one for each of the eight days of the Hanukkah miracle, come together and join at its elegant and steady stem.


I find these to be perfect representations of Miami Beach.


Our residents are varied, colorful, and unique - sporting their own identity and individuality. Yet we are all connected to a larger base. That base houses the core of our values. By celebrating our religious diversity in Miami Beach we truly embrace our full diversity.


Let’s proudly display our faith this holiday season, celebrate with our community, and bring the light where darkness may exist so that whether Christian or Jewish we remain united in brightening the future we build for our families, our fellow neighbors, our beautiful Miami Beach community, and the world. 


As 2022 draws to a close, we are prompted to reflect at this past year and begin planning for the new year to come. Through faith and determination, peace and reconciliation, unity and kindness - 2023 could be our best and most prosperous year yet!


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will towards all people.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.