Jewish Groups Re­ceive $9M in NYC Coun­cil Fund­ing for New Projects

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: JV Staff

Coun­cil­man David G. Green­field is pleased to an­nounce with Coun­cil­man Mark Levine that New York's Mu­seum of Jewish Her­itage will re­ceive $2.75 mil­lion from the City's Fis­cal Year 2018 bud­get, which Green­field helped ad­vo­cate for this sum­mer. Ac­cord­ing to the Mu­seum, these funds will ini­ti­ate new high-im­pact ex­hi­bi­tions on anti-Semitism, re­vi­tal­ize pub­lic space, and in­tro­duce new tech­nol­ogy for the ben­e­fit of 50,000 school­child­ren, their teach­ers, and other vis­i­tors.

De­scribed as “a liv­ing memo­rial to the Holo­caust,” the Mu­seum of Jewish Her­itage fea­tures ro­tat­ing ex­hibits as well as a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of more than 25,000 items, di­vided into chrono­log­i­cal sec­tions for be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the Shoah. It is this per­ma­nent col­lec­tion that will be re­vi­tal­ized with the City Coun­cil's new fund­ing.

“We all know the words, that we must keep the mem­ory of the Shoah alive,” Green­field said. “The way we do that is by fund­ing pro­grams like these and mak­ing sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will learn about the hor­rors of the Holo­caust.”

"The City's gen­er­ous and vi­tal sup­port is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the en­tire Mu­seum com­mu­nity," said Michael S. Glick­man, the Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mu­seum of Jewish Her­itage. "As the third largest Holo­caust mu­seum in the world, we rep­re­sent New York City's com­mit­ment to Holo­caust re­mem­brance and ed­u­ca­tion in an in­ter­na­tional arena, and we are es­pe­cially proud to wel­come more than 50,000 school­child­ren to our Bat­tery Park City home each year."

The Mu­seum of Jewish Her­itage is just one of the many Jewish or­ga­ni­za­tions whose fund­ing Green­field ad­vo­cated for in this year's bud­get. Green­field sup­ported the ef­forts of Coun­cil Mem­ber Lau­rie Cumbo to se­cure funds for the Jewish Chil­dren's Mu­seum in Crown Heights which will see $2 mil­lion to pro­vide sup­ple­men­tal ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties fo­cused on Jewish his­tory. Jewish so­cial-ser­vice providers like the Jewish Board of Fam­ily and Chil­dren's Ser­vices will re­ceive new of­fice space, equip­ment and new ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing for trans­porta­tion to and from Boro Park's Mishkon.

Coun­cil­man Mark Levine, who chairs the City Coun­cil's Jewish Cau­cus, said that the mem­bers of the Jewish Cau­cus were able to col­lec­tively se­cure more than $9 mil­lion for Jewish non-prof­its.

"With­out these groups, many of the most vul­ner­a­ble New York­ers would suf­fer," Levine said. "All of the mem­bers of the Jewish Cau­cus came to­gether

to pri­or­i­tize our fund­ing needs, and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viver­ito once again demon­strated her deep com­mit­ment to the Jewish com­mu­nity by fund­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tions that need the most."

“These or­ga­ni­za­tions do won­der­ful work, not just for Jewish cit­i­zens, but for ev­ery­one who lives in the com­mu­ni­ties they ser­vice,” Green­field said. “All the money we give to these or­ga­ni­za­tions will be given back to the com­mu­nity many times over. I es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship of Chair Mark Levine and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viver­ito in work­ing with us to make sure that the Jewish com­mu­nity get its fair share of gov­ern­ment fund­ing.”

De­scribed as “a liv­ing memo­rial to the Holo­caust,” the Mu­seum of Jewish Her­itage fea­tures ro­tat­ing ex­hibits as well as a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of more than 25,000 items, di­vided into chrono­log­i­cal sec­tions for be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the Shoah

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