The “Project Witness” program is taking place as anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in New York City.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Good Samaritans Rescue Wheelchair-Bound Man Who Somehow Fell On Union Square Subway Tracks
The NYPD reports a 20% hike in those incidents in 2019 with 229 attacks. That’s compared to 185 in 2018.
Project Witness was rolled out Thursday at Elijah Stroud Middle School in Prospect Heights.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Murphy Rips Anti-Vaxxer 'Knuckleheads' After Being Heckled At Union City Press Conference
The program includes a speech from a Holocaust survivor.
“My mother, my father, my brother and all of his family were destroyed by the Nazis with relatives counting about 200 people,” survivor Dr. Moshe Katz said.MORE NEWS: De Blasio: Cuomo 'Should Be Charged' Over Sexual Assault, Harassment Claims In AG Investigation
The New York City Council’s hate crime prevention initiative is helping fund the program.