The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Community Board of Akron will host the special presentation "When Hate Goes Mainstream" at 7 p.m. May 29 at at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Drive.
The event will feature Akron native Cynthia M. Deitle, a retired special agent with the FBI. She served for 22 years specializing in police brutality, hate crimes, public corruption and community outreach. She is now the programs and operations director for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Deitle will share the story of Matthew Shepard and information about the reported increase in bias crimes in the country, the threat posed by violent white supremacists and how communities can join together to combat divisive rhetoric. A 30-minute question and answer session will follow her presentation.
“Over the past two years, we have experienced an escalating wave of anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia in the United States," Jewish Community Relations Council Director Ron Lederman said in a prepared statement. "Horrific acts of hatred and violence have instilled not only fear in the Jewish community but also many other communities such as the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, the Islamic Mosques in New Zealand and numerous school shootings."
The talk is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 330-869-2424 or emailing email@example.com by May 24. For more information, visit www.jewishakron.org.