A tribute to righteous diplomats

A tribute to righteous diplomats

More than 100 community leaders, New Jersey state officials, and other American and Israeli leaders attended the opening of “Beyond Duty,” a traveling exhibition from Israel’s Foreign Ministry that honors the diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust. NJTransit is hosting the exhibit at Secaucus Junction.

Beyond Duty honors diplomats recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, the highest honor Yad Vashem gives to non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The diplomats are being honored for issuing travel documents that allowed Jews to escape Europe.

The opening ceremony featured remarks from New Jersey’s secretary of state, Tahesha Way; Israel’s consul-general in New York, Dani Dayan; NJTransit’s chaplain, Rabbi Yosef Carlebach; Jared Maples, the director of the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Mark Levenson, the chair of the New Jersey-Israel Commission, and Andrew Gross, the commission’s executive director.