The Board of Supervisors of Orange County, California declared Yud Alef Nissan, “Education and Sharing Day” in a ceremony at the county government on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
The declaration was proclaimed by Vice Chair of the Orange County, California, Board of Supervisors Michelle Steel.
She was joined by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Shluchim Rabbi Yitzchok Newman, Dean of The Hebrew Academy, Rabbi Aron Berkowitz of Chabad of West Orange County, and Rabbi Eliezer Gurary of Chabad of Chapman University
In her remarks, Vice Chair Steel said:
“Education is not only about basic skills. A strong education includes ethical and moral values that teach us to be good people and to treat others with care and respect. That’s one reason we open each of our meetings with an invocation.
“Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. recognizes these values on a national level, and we are here to recognize them across our County as well.
“Starting in 1978 and every year since, the President of the United States has proclaimed Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. on the birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, recognizing his life-long devotion to promoting education and ethical values.
“When Education and Sharing Day U.S.A. was first proclaimed, Chabad-Lubavitch counted more than 60 centers in 28 states. Today there are more than 1,000 Chabad centers worldwide, including in every American State, and 16 in Orange County alone, with centers in every one of our districts.
“I am proud to welcome Rabbis representing Orange County’s Chabad centers here today to accept our resolution proclaiming April 16, the 117th anniversary of Rabbi Schneerson’s birth, as National Education and Sharing Day in Orange County.”
Chabad in Orange County has a the largest Jewish network in the community with the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, 16 Chabad Centers, and 32 Shluchim.