How do we unite greater Rochester behind the very clear and powerful message to end hate? Working with groups across our diverse communities, the Levine Center to End Hate seeks to amplify both new and existing efforts through programming that explores our differences, develops skills for dialogue, and activates cooperative and collaborative responses to hate in all its forms.
Rochester's Summit to End Hate
Join us for an immersive learning experience bringing community members together to examine issues of racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate. The Summit features nationally renowned civil rights and coalition-building experts and includes a series of workshops led by local thought leaders aimed at exploring the issues from multiple perspectives and promoting dialogue and positive action.
WHY DO WE HATE: A Community Conversation
The Levine Center to End Hate was proud to welcome Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Kaleka on a special evening in November to lead our launch event, “Why Do We Hate? A Community Conversation”. The two men are co-authors of The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate.
Before a sold-out crowd that included a diverse audience of high school and college students and adults from across the area, the two men spoke of their unique friendship and their work for peace. It was an evening of inspiration and a fitting kick-off for our efforts to unite the greater Rochester community in overcoming hate through education, dialogue, and positive action.
When hate harms one segment of our community, it adversely affects us all. The Levine Center to End Hate is resolved to counter these horrific events through a rapid response that demonstrates solidarity with groups that have been targeted and brings people with diverse and potentially opposing views together to listen respectfully to one another.
Islamic Center Rally for Hope
In the immediate aftermath of the horrific shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Levine Center to End Hate mobilized the local community to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors. More than 300 people of diverse faiths, races, and ages gathered at the Islamic Center of Rochester holding signs expressing their support. Islamic Center leaders invited all those present to enter the mosque for afternoon prayers. Hundreds of men, women, and children filled the sanctuary, where they participated in the service and heard spontaneous messages of hope from Muslim and interfaith leaders, including the Jewish Federation CEO and the Director of the Levine Center to End Hate.