Pols Celebrate Opening Of Jewish Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson and Devorah Halberstam to dedicate the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn on the first night of Chanukah last week. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and other elected officials joined members of the community also to cut the ribbon for the new museum, dedicated to the memory of Ari Halberstam.
“This groundbreaking museum is the first of its kind in the country, and makes a perfect addition to Brooklyn’s Museum Mile,” said the borough president. “The Jewish Children’s Museum is about educating young people about Judaism, and more — it is about helping our kids be aware of the similarities that all individuals of every faith, every race and every culture share, as well as the differences that make us unique—because in Brooklyn we cherish the knowledge that we are all children of one G-d.”
Halberstam was 16 when he was killed on the Brooklyn Bridge after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of Orthodox Jewish students. Director of Foundation and Government Services Devorah Halberstam, his mother, has devoted her life to fighting terrorism after her son’s tragic death ten years ago.
The Jewish Children’s Museum adds to Brooklyn’s own growing Museum Mile on Eastern Parkway in Central Brooklyn, where the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum are also located.