Buffalo & Erie County to Mark Education Day, Recognizing the Crucial Role of Moral and Ethical Education Amid the Pandemic’s Devastating Toll on Local Education
The city of Buffalo and the County of Erie to Recognize the Rebbe’s Influence in Bringing Education and Morality to the Forefront of Public Discourse on Rebbe’s 120th Birthday
Buffalo, NY – For the first time, the Buffalo Common Council and Erie County Executive presented a proclamation to Rabbi Mendy Labkowski of CJL Downtown Buffalo – Chabad proclaiming April 12, 2022 to be “Education and Sharing Day” in recognition of the crucial importance of ethical and moral education.
The day will be a time to focus on education after a year in which the pandemic took a tremendous toll on education, with in-person schooling widely curtailed for months. Against this background, the Education Day proclamation seeks to highlight the emphasis that must be placed on education for each of Buffalo and Erie county’s young people.
Education and Sharing Day will bring to the forefront the importance of morality in education, a cause championed by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, considered to be the most influential rabbi in modern history. He concentrated his efforts on rebuilding and energizing the global Jewish community after the devastation of the Holocaust, he paid great attention to the needs of all humanity.
When other leaders worked diligently to grow a following around themselves, the Rebbe trained his students to move out to every corner of the globe to set up outposts of education, light and love. Today, Chabad-Lubavitch has representatives on every continent on the globe, in over 100 countries, in every state in our union.
The Rebbe’s global impact is so great that he is the only rabbi to have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and to have a national day of reflection proclaimed annually in his honor.
For more than 40 years, presidents, houses of congress, and local governments have recognized the date corresponding to the Rebbe’s birthday on the Jewish calendar as Education and Sharing Day, honoring an individual who brought education to the forefront of public discourse.
The Rebbe emphasized the importance of paying more attention to the building of character and emphasizing moral and ethical values, accentuating the values of personal rights and responsibilities and principled, just behavior. “Education must be more than factual enlightenment—it must enrich the character as well as the mind,” said President Ronald Reagan in his 1982 proclamation for the day, echoing the Rebbe’s sentiments.
“Education and Sharing Day is about creating conversations. It’s about the conversations we have with our children around the dinner table, the conversations we have with our students in the classrooms and the conversations we have day in and day out that can have an impact on the hearts and minds of our young ones. The Rebbe taught that in truth every person is an educator and we must be mindful of our ability to impact the lives of others”, says Labkowski.
In commemoration of the anniversary, Council President Darius Pridgen proclaimed April 12, 2022, as “Education Day” in the City of Buffalo, and called upon government officials, educators, volunteers, and citizens to reach out to those within your communities and work to create a better, brighter, and more hopeful future for all.
April 12th, 2022, Education and Sharing Day, calls upon all people from the city of Buffalo to reflect on our collective obligation and opportunity to enhance the true education of our children, to serve as proper role models and to take concrete action to bring more goodness and kindness into our world.
For additional background about Education Day USA and a collection of the proclamations made by Presidents over the last four decades.