Jamaica Governor General Welcomes Chabad Delegation

In Jamaica, His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, welcomed shliach Rabbi Yaakov Raskin and community members and proclaimed Yud Alef Nissan as Education and Sharing Day.

On Yud Alef Nissan, His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, welcomed a delegation from Chabad and officially proclaimed Education and Sharing Day in Jamaica.

His excellency presented this year’s Education and Sharing Day proclamation to representatives of Chabad Jamaica, Rabbi Yaakov Raskin, Mr. Howard Levy, and Mr. Mark Rosenblum, at a ceremony on April 19 2024.

During our meeting, we highlighted the far-reaching impact of the Rebbe on global humanitarian efforts, emphasizing the importance of observing the Seven Noahide Laws and promoting acts of kindness.

With a growing mental health crisis and crisis of purpose among young people, Education and Sharing Day seeks to highlight the critical need for moral and ethical education.

Some programs encouraged nationwide on Education Day include a daily moment of silence at the beginning of a school day, when students can think and meditate about what their parents taught them, helping to focus them toward greater moral awareness; and the ARK (Acts of Random and Routine Kindness) initiative that encourages daily charitable giving and sharing.

Representatives of Chabad Jamaica will be distributing ARK shaped charity boxes across Jamaica to encourage everyone to do Acts of Random and Routine Kindness. Reach out if you’d like to receive one.

His Excellency’s personal contribution to the charity ARK box symbolizes our collective dedication to both education and tangible efforts towards creating a more compassionate world.

In order to achieve its highest goals, education must not only impart knowledge but also teach the students how to live, forming and strengthening their moral character to make a better life for themselves as individuals and for society as a whole.

Jamaica’s Education and Sharing Day proclamation reads:

“….. AND WHEREAS the Rebbe taught that education should not be limited to the acquisition of knowledge, preparation for a career, or ‘to make a better living,’ and we must think in terms of a “better living,” not only for the individual, but also for the society on a whole, therefore, the educational system must pay more attention to the building of character, with emphasis on moral and ethical values…..”

His Excellency, the Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen

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