Recently, Rockland County legislators Aron Wieder and Toney L. Earl joined Spring Valley Police Detective Reginald Anderson to celebrate Black History Month at Yeshiva Degel Hatorah in Spring Valley. They were introduced by Rabbi Asher Schwab, the school’s dean. A discussion focused on why Black History month was established and the importance of celebrating the accomplishments and acknowledge the struggles of African-Americans.
Yeshiva Degel Hatorah is a private school for Orthodox Jewish students in pre-k through eighth grade; it was established by Rabbi Schwab’s father, Rabbi Mordechai Schwab.
“The students are getting a great education — this was clear from their questions, which were really well-articulated,” Mr. Wieder said. “I’m grateful to Legislator Earl and Detective Anderson for speaking to the students and providing them with real-life history lessons in the form of their life stories. I think we all learned a lot from the experience.”
Rabbi Moshe Schwab is dean of the school, which was established by his father, Rabbi Mordechai Schwab.
Rabbi Schwab told the students “Every human being is made in God’s image. Therefore, all people deserve the utmost respect regardless of race, religion, or color.”