Beloved by all who knew him, Ari Halberstam was an outstanding child, raised in the intimate surroundings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and his wife, Rebbitzen Chaya Mushka.
On March 1, 1994, Ari was mercilessly gunned down by a Lebanese terrorist on the Brooklyn Bridge, while returning from the hospital where he had been praying for the Rebbe’s recovery. Ari passed away five days later.
Ari will always be remembered as a gifted, charming, athletic, studious and caring sixteen year old, a humble and G-d fearing teenager, with a deep love for his family and his community. At the time of his death, he was a promising young rabbinical student, devoted to his religious principles, and deeply committed to helping others.
In Ari’s memory, Rudolph Giuliani, the Mayor of New York City, named the Ari Halberstam Memorial Ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge; a private ambulance was dedicated by the Ari Halberstam Memorial Fund; the Kingsway Jewish Center established the Ari Halberstam Sportsmanship Award; a Torah Scroll was written in Ari’s memory; Ari’s Law was signed by Governor Pataki as part of a comprehensive New York State gun safety bill.
THE JEWISH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IS DEDICATED IN ARI’S MEMORY, TO PROVIDE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN WITH A CLEAR MESSAGE OF INSPIRATION, JOY AND HOPE, TO PROMOTE HARMONY AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION, THE THINGS FOR WHICH ARI LIVED AND DIED.