Education and Sharing Day Marked Locally

Courtesy Chabad of Alameda    Left to right: Rabbi Yosef Romano, director of the Jewish Learning Institute of Berkeley; Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, director, Chabad of Alameda; Rabbi Shimon Grusman, director, Chabad of Castro Valley; Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor District 4 and Rabbi Gil Leeds, director, Chabad Jewish Center of UC Berkeley.

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer declared Tuesday, March 27, a “Day of Education and Sharing” in honor of the legacy and birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the Rebbe), leader of the Chabad movement. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors marked the day with a similar proclamation. 

These local proclamations took place alongside those given by governors in all 50 states including Gov. Jerry Brown.

Established in 1978 by a joint Congressional resolution and recognized annually by every U.S. President since, Education and Sharing Day focuses on the foundation of meaningful education: instructing youth in the ways of morality and ethics.

In recognition of the Rebbe’s outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality and acts of charity, he was (the only Rabbi to be) awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Congress established his birth date as a national day to raise awareness and strengthen the education of children.

The Rebbe, a global spiritual leader, dedicated his life to the betterment of mankind. A tireless advocate for youth around the world, the Rebbe emphasized the importance of education and good character, and instilled the hope for a brighter future into the lives of countless people in America and across the globe. 

The Rebbe established 5,000 educational centers (Chabad houses) in each of the 50 states of the U.S. and in 100 countries on six continents.

Mayor Spencer read the proclamation at Alameda City Hall at the request of Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, director of Chabad of Alameda.

Courtesy photo    Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson