Levine Center to End Hate holds inaugural event Thursday

Updated: November 21, 2019 11:21 PM
Created: November 21, 2019 09:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — An unlikely duo spoke at Rochester’s Levine Center to End Hate for its inaugural event Thursday night.

The event was called “Why do we Hate?” and was driven by the center’s goal to overcome hate and prevent violence, rather than just react to it.

Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis started the conversation. Kaleka lost his father when a white supremacist opened fire in the neighborhood temple in 2012 in Wisconsin. Michaelis is a former skinhead who helped start the white supremacist gang that was responsible for that mass shooting.

In 2013, the two joined forces against hate.

"There was a part of us that knew we couldn't do this alone and that together we're so much stronger than we are alone,” Kaleka said. “And Arno raised his hand and said voluntarily, ‘You know what, we're going to do this together going forward.’"

The Levine Center is based at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Rochester.

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