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Learning to ‘Break the Hate’ in Woodbridge

On Sunday, April 12, hundreds of concerned community members – many of them teens – filled the JCC of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge for “Break the Hate,” a program designed to educate high school students about the alarming increase in antisemitism on American college campuses and to instruct them on how to best respond to antisemitic incidents. Following a discussion led by Kenneth Marcus, founder and director of the Louis P. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under the Law, who talked about recent incidents of hate on U.S. campuses, local high school students met with current college students and campus organizations to learn of their perspective on what is happening on college campuses today. Marcus assured the group that a student may have an excellent college experience and never experience antisemitism on campus, but it pays to know what to do in the event that a case of antisemitic hatred is directed against Jewish students. The only way to ‘Break the Hate,’ said Marcus, is to be prepared to confront bigotry and antisemitism when it raises its ugly head.

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