City Hall and the Museum of Jewish Heritage have struck a partnership aimed at combatting anti-Semitic bias in city neighborhoods by getting school kids in neighborhoods with sizable Jewish populations to visit the cultural institution on class trips, The Post has learned.
The Department of Education will organize field trips there for eighth- and 10th-grade students from three Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Orthodox communities, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park.
Additionally, the museum will provide up to four free tickets to the family of any public school student with their ID card or other proof of enrollment.
“To ensure a safer and more welcoming future, we must teach our children about the destructive force of hate,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio of the new initiative. “This partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage will give all our students and their families the chance to learn about our past to create a better future.”
The new partnership comes as education officials work to bolster the school system’s curriculum about the Holocaust, hate crimes and Jewish culture and heritage following a dramatic uptick in hate crimes motivated by anti-Semitism.
There were 234 anti-Semitic crimes reported in 2019 compared to 186 in 2018 — a jump of 26%, according to tallies from the New York Police Department.
“The lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten, and we’re grateful to the Museum of Jewish Heritage for expanding our partnership,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “As a former social studies teacher, I know how important it is for students to learn about the past in order to understand the world around them.”
The DOE is paying for the cost of the field trips, while the museum and its donors will fund the free tickets for families, officials added.
It’s the second piece of the new anti-hate crimes curriculum rolled out by city officials in recent weeks.
The first — rolled out by Carranza and first lady Chirlane McCray — included lesson plans for teachers to teachers to lead classroom discussions about the Holocaust and the dangers of discrimination and bias.
Additionally, officials have also stepped up policing in Jewish neighborhoods in response to the recent spate of anti-Semitic violence.
The moves come amid criticism that Hizzoner was slow to appreciate the depth of the crisis and respond.
“In the wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks in our city, we’re committed to helping students and school communities engage in thoughtful and respectful dialogue, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage is instrumental in achieving that goal,” Carranza added.
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