Family and friends joined a memorial event marking the 29th Yartzeit of Ari Halberstam HYD Thursday night in Crown Heights.
The event took place at the Jewish Children’s Museum, which was built in memory of Ari, who was murdered in a terror attack in 1994 when a gunman in a car opened fire on a van carrying more than a dozen Chabad students as it began to cross the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan.
Speakers who addressed the event shared memories of Ari and of his mother Devorah Halberstam’s determination to achieve justice for her son and all the efforts she has made keep Ari’s memory alive with positive action, such as in the building of the Jewish Children’s Museum which teaches tolerance and about the Jewish faith to people of all walks of life.
A Siyum was recited and explained by Aaron Carlebach, Ari’s cousin who was the first to be named after him.
A video presentation of the planned new fifth floor of the Museum, which will focus on antisemitism through the ages and will be named for Ari, was shown.
Words of inspiration and Chizuk were given by lecturer and educator Rabbi Simon Jacobson.
Other speakers included Rabbi Michael Miller – JCRC, Fred Kreizman – Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office, Shea Halberstam – Ari’s brother, NYPD Commanding Officer-Inspector Richie Taylor.
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Hashem yinkom damo.