Ethan Felder, 34, Lawyer for Working Class New Yorkers



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What do you do?

I’m a union lawyer advocating for working class New Yorkers while also serving as a community leader and organizer in my home borough of Queens.

How does your Jewish identity influence your work?

It’s at the center of everything I do, having been inculcated as a student at Solomon Schechter Day School. It has led me to speak out against rising antisemitism when it’s not always popular or comfortable.

Do you have a favorite inspiring quote?

“First comes courage.” (Joseph Felder, my grandfather)

What is your favorite book about New York?

“Working Class New York,” by Joshua Freeman

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