Aliyah Steinberg, a 10th grade student from Harborfields High School, was recently selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. This recognition honors Aliyah for her efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society.
Aliyah has been working with the UJA-Federation Witness Project, a collaborative project between high school students and Holocaust survivors. Aliyah and four other students are put into a group every other week and meet with a Holocaust survivor.
“The goal of the Witness Project is to carry on the stories of as many survivors possible before they can no longer tell them themselves,” Aliyah said.
Fighting antisemitism and standing up for the Jewish community has always been a passion of Aliyah’s, and she has no plans to cease her efforts anytime soon. She understands that in her community, hate may not motivate antisemitism, but rather a lack of resources available to access information on the plights of the Jewish population here and abroad. Additionally, Aliyah hopes to bring the Witness Project to Harborfields, as well as a recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“While I am honored to receive this award, in no way does it mark the total success of my work,” Aliyah said. “I am excited and ready to do more.”