Quantcast

Letter From Amity Principal: Officials Addressing Anti-Semitic Issues

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News  Comments Off on Letter From Amity Principal: Officials Addressing Anti-Semitic Issues
Nov 302018
 

Message from Amity Principal Anna Mahon to Amity High School Community –

Over the past few weeks, we have worked with students, faculty, members of the community, the ADL and district administrators to formulate a comprehensive plan to address the concerns regarding intolerant and anti-Semitic behaviors at the high school that were raised at the November 12th Board of Education meeting.

We will continue to work closely with students, faculty, community groups and parents as we move forward and work to make ARHS a safe, supportive and inclusive school community for all students.

Sincerely,
Anna Mahon
Principal

Letter: Amity Administrators, Clergy, Community Leaders Discuss Anti-Semitism, Intolerance

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News  Comments Off on Letter: Amity Administrators, Clergy, Community Leaders Discuss Anti-Semitism, Intolerance
Nov 162018
 

Dear Amity Community,

On Wednesday, November 14, a very productive meeting was conducted with the Amity High School Administration, leaders from local organizations and clergy to discuss the school and community’s response to the incidents of Anti-Semitism and other intolerant behavior in the school community.

This type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. The high school administrators have spent the last few days working with students in small and large groups along with meeting with the faculty and representatives from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to listen and develop an action plan.

During yesterday’s meeting, there was a strong commitment to continue to work together to keep the community informed of the school’s response and action plan. We will know more about the plan to address the issues we are facing by November 30, at which time it will be shared with the community. Our priority is to make Amity a safe and supportive environment for all students. The following people are resources for you to contact for support or with questions:

Judy Alperin
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
jalperin@jewishnewhaven.org                                                               

Marji Lipshez-Shapiro
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
mshapiro@adl.org

Anna Mahon, Principal
Amity Regional High School
Anna.mahon@amityregion5.org
Frank Barretta, Assistant Principal
Amity Regional High School
Frank.barretta@amityregion5.org

Rev. Shephard Parsons
First Church of Christ Woodbridge
Shepard_parsons@mac.com

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
Retired
Brianbodt@sbcglobal.net

Tyler Pepe
Regional Director, BBYO
TPepe@BBYO.org

Rabbi Michael Farbman
Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven
Orange
rabbi@tegnh.org 

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Congregation B’nai Jacob Woodbridge
rgshapiro430@gmail.com
Rabbi Shea Hecht
Southern CT Hebrew Academy-CHABAD
Orange
shecht@schacademy.org

Robyn Teplitzky
Jewish Federation of Greater NH
rteplitzky@jewishnewhaven.org

Monica Kreuzer, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Monica.kreuzer@amityregion5.org

Dr. Jason Tracy, Associate Principal
Amity Regional High School
Jason.tracy@amityregion5.org

Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling
Amity Regional High School
Jill.laplante@amityregion5.org
Susan Walden
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
swalden@adl.org

Jennifer P. Byars
Amity Regional School District 5
Jennifer.byars@amityregion5.org

A Statement From The Clergy In The Town Of Orange

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News, Today's Events  Comments Off on A Statement From The Clergy In The Town Of Orange
Nov 152018
 

In response to the recent anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist rhetoric and actions that have been reported at the Amity High School, we, the members of the Clergy of the Town of Orange stand together and condemn any and all such language and express our profound sadness that students in the Amity School System are being subjected to these hurtful words and symbols of hate. We find these actions gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.

As leaders of the Houses of Worship in the town of Orange, we have always enjoyed an engaging and thoughtful Interfaith Dialogue. We stand united and affirm our longstanding and positive relations with the Jewish Community and peoples of all religions. 
Furthermore, we encourage the parents in our congregations and in the wider community to discuss these issues with their children and to model for them respectful regard for the dignity of all people.  We have been working closely with the Amity High School Administration, A.D.L. and local teenagers establishing the next steps forward.
We pray that during this Holy Season that celebrates peace, thankfulness, and goodwill among all people, that with God’s grace and help, mutual respect, understanding, and love will prevail.
Rev. Timothy Boerger, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Father Norman Brockett, Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church
Imam Bachir Djehiche, New Haven Islamic Center
Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel
Rev. James Latimer, Orange Congregational Church
Rev. Peter Orfanakos, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus, Congregation Or Shalom

Goldblatt Addresses The Anti-Semitic, Hate Issues In Amity Region

 Amity High School, Around Town, Home, Latest News, School News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Goldblatt Addresses The Anti-Semitic, Hate Issues In Amity Region
Nov 152018
 

Most people are disturbed by the things we’ve heard about vandalism and actions leaning toward hatred and anti-Semitism coming from our regional high school.

At this week’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, longtime Selectman Mitch Goldblatt made the following statement before the board:

“I stand before you tonight as a graduate of the Amity Class of 1975 and the proud father of two Amity graduates, the latest just this past June. But, as I stand here wearing my Amity colors, none of us could foresee the hate and bigotry that we have heard about at the high school in just the last few days.

I am proud of the courageous Amity students who were willing to stand up to such hate and expose the anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia that exists there.

Amity represents friendship and a bond between the towns of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge. That very fabric is being torn by the vile and disgusting acts that have caused many students not to feel safe in their own school.
This hurts all of us and weakens us not just as a school system, but as a community; for this is not just an Amity problem, it is a community problem.

I am pleased that the Amity administration has quickly taken a leadership role in not only inviting students into listening sessions over the past two days, but also by partnering with clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League, and others to address this issue that exists in our schools and our community.

As town leaders, I expect us to work with the administration in any way possible to understand and then end this intolerance of others. As a first step, I urge all of you to join me this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service being held this year at Holy Infant Church. Let us come together to show our respect for each other’s faiths and rise together as one community during this holiday season.

Those who participate in hate crimes should be held accountable and punished.

However, from this negative publicity, sadness, and shock, I can only hope that we will become a stronger community and a stronger Amity so that we can all be proud once again because Hate Has No Home Here!”