Jewish Federation receives $1M gift to create center against hate

November 02, 2018 10:54 AM

A local group received a big boost in their fight to make the world we live in a better place.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester accepted a $1 million gift from the William and Mildred Levine Foundation to launch the Levine Center to End Hate.

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Organizers hope to provide programming for diverse groups of both youth and adults to combat bias and intolerance.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, they say hate is becoming too common.

"We're not just fighting anti-Semitism, we're fighting all forms of hatred because they all come from the same place," said Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. "It comes from lack of education, misunderstanding, misinformation, and we as a community, need to take the lead and say we're not going to stand for hatred in any of its forms."

"As a human being, watching the news and interacting with people, the level of hatred we're fighting in our society right now is just unacceptable and we need to do something about it,"  said Todd Levine, the foundation's president.

The man accused of killing 11 people inside of the Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend pleaded not guilty in court  Thursday.


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