The Levine Center to End Hate seeks to unite the Greater Rochester community in overcoming prejudice through education, dialogue and positive action.
Recently, displays of intolerance and bigotry have shocked the country and the world and reminded us that hate is still alive and well in our nation. In our own city, white supremacist leaflets dropped anonymously in Brighton and Pittsford driveways, and the desecration of our Jewish cemetery, told us that we are not immune to these prejudices.
The Jewish Federation is well positioned to lead the community in eradicating intolerance of all kinds. Karen Elam, Director of the Center, explains, "The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has a long history of engaging on issues of concern not only to the Jewish community but also to the other faith and ethnic groups that form the mosaic of our city. The Levine Center to End Hate will build on that strong foundation as we work together to eradicate destructive, hateful influences in our community."
The Levine Center to End Hate, led by a steering committee comprised of leaders in business, non-profit, government, philanthropy and law enforcement, will plan and implement programming to bridge the gaps in our differences that are exacerbated through misinformation, misunderstanding and lack of education. More details will be shared as these plans develop.
For more information, please contact Karen Elam, Director of the Levine Center to End Hate.
Hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2016
The FBI Hate Crime Statistics show a steady rise in hate crimes in recent years, with 5,479 committed in 2014 and 5,850 in 2015.
“I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other...”
- Martin Luther King Jr.