On Thursday, May 3rd Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming joined members of the Jewish Community Relations Council-Long Island, members of New York State Senate and Assembly delegation to honor Holocaust survivor and Suffolk County resident Elizabeth Heyn. They also recognized youth across Suffolk County working to create a more civil society.
Every year the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island chooses a Holocaust survivor from Suffolk County to honor. They also recognize youth across Suffolk County who break barriers to establish relationships across race, religion and origin, creating a more civil society. This year’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) was held at Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, located at 533 College Road in Selden. The honorees from the Second Legislative District are Ariana DeMattei, Adam Sheren, and Sydney Sheren, all from Westhampton Beach High School.
“At a time of tension and discord in public discourse, it is more important than ever to recognize courageous individuals who are working toward a more civil and understanding interaction among individuals in our community.” Legislator Fleming says, “I am truly honored to recognize the bravery and commitment of Elizabeth Heyn for her willingness to recount her painful experience of the Holocaust so that we will never forget the horror of which humankind is capable and the importance of honoring and supporting those who fight against hate, such as the young people we honor today.”