Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, December 9, 2021
INNOVATIVE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION PROGRAM: The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization assisting Holocaust survivors in need, and the Turkish Cultural Center New York have partnered to launch a historic Holocaust Education Program for Muslim students, the first time in U.S. history that such a program has been established. This ten-week program, that Dr. Mehnaz Afridi is leading, will provide curriculum support, teacher development, VIP speaker programs including Muslim community leaders and Holocaust survivors and curriculum implementation to high school students at the Amity School in Brooklyn. This pilot program was born out of the recent history of xenophobia, often in the form of anti-Semitism, which has been rampant throughout the United States, and of particular concern to New York’s significant Jewish and Muslim communities.
The impetus event of its kind was virtually hosted in May by Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV host, radio host, & daughter of a WWII POW. Notable speakers included: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and, via special video messages: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, Councilmember Alan Maisel, Emre Celik, NBA All-Star Enes Kanter, Dr. Irit Felsen, Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann, among others.
MEALS FOR KIDS WITH INCARCERATED PARENTS: Participants in Children of Promise, youths whose parents are incarcerated, will receive meals thanks to the Food Bank for New York City. Today, December 9, the Food Bank for New York City will deliver boxes of dried goods, fresh produce, and frozen protein to Children of Promise, NYC’s children and families who have an incarcerated parent. Following the delivery, CPNYC Youth Action members will package the food in order to distribute to 150 families and children whom the organization serves.