JACKSON – Proclamations which both honored learning and expanding one’s mind were presented during a recent Township Council Meeting.
Council vice president Robert Nixon presented a proclamation to Rabbi Shmuel Naparstek of the Chabad of Jackson at the start of the regular meeting for his role in supporting educational efforts in the community.
The proclamation also noted Education and Sharing Day which is a day established by the United States Congress in honor of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
The day calls for increased focus on education, and recognizes the efforts of the Rebbe for education and sharing for everyone.
Education and Sharing Day, USA has been proclaimed annually since 1978, by the President on the Rebbe’s Jewish birthday (11 Nissan), which generally falls in April.
“This is the first time we’ve presented this proclamation here in Jackson,” Nixon said. “When you appreciate what was established and what is being honored tonight and the good that comes from bringing together an educational environment where we care about each other and put individuals before ourselves you see how it is so very important.”
“When you think about it, education is not one day a year it is every day of the year. We are constantly educating ourselves. The idea of Education Day is to reflect and think about what education is about,” Rabbi Naparstek said.
Naparstek spoke about the Rebbe’s contribution to education saying “education is not just about building the mind but building the character of the child. That is what the Rebbe taught. We must keep in mind that education is a lifetime effort.”