MESSAGE FROM MUSEUM PRESIDENT AND CEO AND BOARD CHAIR
It is hard to believe that we’ve been temporarily closed for just about a month now. Despite the adversities that accompany not being able to physically enter the Museum, we are inspired by how our community has come together to support the Museum by “attending” our new virtual programming. Each week we offer book clubs, story times, and lectures themed around our permanent exhibition and mission. We will also observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This Sunday at 6:30 p.m. we will commemorate the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust and celebrate the lives of those who survived. This free, completely virtual event will take place on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. We hope you can join us for this special program.
We’ve also continued to spread our mission beyond programs. Recently, we put out a statement on the increase of attacks directed at Asian-Americans in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. To blame Asian-Americans or any other group for its transmission is absurd. This virus recognizes no nationalities. Though the strain of the virus originated in China, it could have just as easily originated in anywhere in the world. When everything around us seems so scary, it is easy to blame others. We cannot, however, fall prey to acts of bigotry. We must comport ourselves with dignity and respect and remember to be kind to one another.
That is why we have been incredibly heartened by how our city of Dallas has come together to help one another during these unprecedented times. Just last week, six DISD cafeteria workers were on the cover of Time magazine. These workers handed out more than one million to-go meals to students over the past weeks. In the rest of the community, restaurants are giving out free meals to medical professionals and first responders. Southwest Airlines has been using their resources to create and distribute masks. Apartment complexes have been leaving out chalk so residents can write inspirational messages to one another. It is acts like these that demonstrate true Upstander behavior, the type of behavior we encourage at the Museum. We hope to see more of these displays of kindness, now and in the future.
During these days of uncertainty, it is so easy to get lost in all the negativity that surrounds us. That is why we continue to look for and acknowledge the inspirational stories like the ones above. In the darkest of moments, there are always spots of light that emerge from the work of those doing all they can to help one another. It is also important to recognize your continued support. The staff and Board of the Museum acknowledge your unwavering support. Without you, we would not be able to continue with our work during these uncertain times. Thank you so much for supporting our Museum and mission.
– Frank Risch, Board Chair
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