New York Teens Learn About Tolerance at JCM

Teenagers from New York City, recently visited the Jewish Children’s Museum to learn about the Jewish community, where they heard from Mrs. Devorah Halberstam.

Teenagers from the ‘Partners Against Hate’ Program, under the 67th Precinct Clergy Council, recently visited the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights to learn about the Jewish community.

The purpose of their visit to various communities that have experienced hate crimes was to build a standard of mutual respect and understanding, with the intent of reducing bias and hate crimes. 

The young adults received a guided tour of the museum exhibits, exploring Jewish culture, traditions and Holidays.

Museum co-founder Devorah Halberstam met with the group and recounted details of how her son Ari was murdered in a terror attack on March 1st 1994 on the Brooklyn Bridge, by Lebanese terrorist Rashid Baz. 

Halberstam related that her son was murdered simply because he was a Jew and could be identified as a Jew. She has made it her mission and has dedicated her life to educate young people about acceptance and love, and not about hate. 

The students were visibly moved by her painful experience and were inspired by her message to become the leaders of the next generation through fostering respect and kindness within our communities.  

A Town Hall style meeting with Rabbi Nissen Brenenson, gave the teens the opportunity to ask all their questions about Jewish life and the many aspects of the Jewish culture. 

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