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Thursday, August 27 • 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Addressing Hate in a Neighboring Community - (MSMS and BHS Faculty)

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Thanks to BHS staff members Christina Chang and Judy Crossman for submitting this session! 

Beginning in 2013, the community of Bedford started dealing with a string of Anti-Semitic events.  You can see the timeline from a recent Boston Globe article here.   Despite these unfortunate events, the community of Bedford responded in a way that actually drew the community closer together thanks to some strong community leadership. This story was outlined in a recent Boston Globe Magazine article titled How a string of swastikas actually made Bedford stronger. This session will feature some of the community leaders who played a strong role in Bedford's positive response to these negative incidents, including Rabbi Susan Abramson, Superintendent of Schools Jon Sills, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, and Burlington High School Student Ashley Koman.



Rabbi Susan Abramson

Rabbi of Temple Shalom Emeth
Rabbi Abramson is the longest serving female rabbi in Massachusetts. Rabbi Abramson received her B.A. at Brandeis University in 1976 and was ordained at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1981. In 2006 she received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union... Read More →

Robert Bongiorno

Bedford Police Chief

Melissa Garlick

Assistant Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Ashley Koman

Burlington High sophomore
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Jon Sills

Superintendent of Schools, Bedford Public Schools

Thursday August 27, 2015 1:40pm - 2:40pm EDT
MSMS Auditorium

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