January 2021 -- Tevet-Shevat 5781,  Volume 27, Issue 1

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ADL Presents First Virtual Concert Against Hate


Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New York/New Jersey presented a Reception and first Virtual Concert Against Hate on Sunday, December 6th.


At the Reception, Gregg Weiner, Partner, Ropes and Gray LLP was honored with the Edward Brodsky Founders Award; Benjamin Seigel, Vice President in Global Market Engineering, Goldman Sachs received the Sidney Wilf Distinguished Young Leadership Award, recognizing their incredible efforts combating bias and bigotry in New York and New Jersey communities.


ADL Regional Director Scott Richman recounted meeting with William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge, New York FBI Field Office “with whom ADL works closely, as we respond to incidents of hate.  We trained 19,000 law enforcement professionals.  My e-mail signature is ‘speak up, share facts and show strength.’


“Winter 2020 brought us the beginning of COVID, which understandably reduced incidents of violence.   It was unfortunately replaced by cyber hate, not just against Jews but viciously against Asian-Americans, blamed for Coronavirus. We partnered with Asian-American Congresswoman Grace Meng to speak out forcefully against stereotyping and hate,” Richman stated.


Concert honorees included Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissman Klein, 96 with her organization Citizenship Counts, engaging young people in America’s rich immigrant history. Klein joined a forced death march of 4,000 women; only 120 survived.  She was liberated in Volary, Czechoslovakia, meeting American Army Lieutenant Kurt Klein whom she married in 1946.


Other honorees: Team Brownsville, Texas educators Michael Benevidas; Melba Benevidas; Sergio Cordova; David Lucio and Andrea Rudnik, helping asylum seekers just across the Rio Grande from their Brownsville hometown, providing daily meals for thousands and building makeshift schools, plus nine-year-old Bellen Woodard and her More Than Peach Project, creating a wide array of skin-colored crayon kits—other than just “peach.”


Notable among the many talented performers was icon Kenny Loggins.