Hackensack is gearing up to join citizens worldwide in recognizing the crucial importance of ethical and moral education on April 16 of this year as Mayor John Labrosse and the city council proclaimed Education Day in the Hackensack as a day of increased focus on education in a time of increasing concern over moral standards.

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, of righteous memory. For the past 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.

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In commemoration of the anniversary, Mayor John Labrosse has proclaimed April 16, 2019, as “Education Day” in Hackensack, and called on Hackensack's citizens to "reach out to young people to work and create a more hopeful city for all".

"The character of our young people is strengthened by serving a cause greater than self and by the anchor of virtues, including courage and compassion. By instilling a spirit of service in our children, we create a more optimistic future for them" the proclamation reads.

In keeping with the Rebbe’s lifetime goals and teachings, local, state, and federal governments are issuing proclamations recognizing the need to teach moral and ethical values to our youth.

For more about the Rebbe visit: www.chabadhackensack.com/rebbe.

Education Day, or Education and Sharing Day is a day of national commemoration designated by every president since Jimmy Carter in 1978. The date of its observance changes annually to correspond with the birthday of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, who brought a new emphasis on education to the forefront of public discourse. The day is a time to recognize and reaffirm the importance of education in society.