During our BPS Conference 2015 the high school and middle school teachers attended a great lecture "Addressing Hate In A Neighboring Community".
Here is a description of the talk:
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 featured some of the community leaders who played a strong role in Bedford's positive response to these negative incidents.
Special thanks to Rabbi Susan Abramson, Superintendent of Schools Jon Sills, Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, and Burlington High School Student Ashley Koman for taking time to speak to us!