ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen) joined the Moriah School as it visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Moriah School’s middle school participated in a day-long program using the lessons of the Holocaust and other instances of human rights abuses to teach tolerance and civil rights.
Johnson gave the keynote address, focusing on the historical connection between the African American and Jewish communities to reinforce the continuing need to jointly combat anti-Semitism and racism.
“Standing with Englewood’s Moriah School and teaching the next generation of our youth the importance of tolerance and acceptance is a true celebration of both Englewood’s diversity and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr," Johnson said in a statement. "The African American and Jewish communities are stronger when together we understand the discrimination we have each faced, and, more importantly, our true ability to overcome. It is imperative that we teach these critical lessons to tomorrows leaders; seeing the Moriah School dedicated to such ends gives me inspiration for our collective future."
The Museum of Tolerance New York challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism, and to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts. It welcomes over 25,000 students each year to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community.
Johnson also joined Moriah’s tour of the Millennium Machine exhibit on civil rights with Holocaust survivor Sami Steigman, who serves as a regular volunteer docent at the Museum.