Last week, a video clip surfaced showing the now-retired principal of Bishop Hendricken High School making racially charged and anti-Semitic comments. Of course, I feel that comments of this nature are unacceptable and should never be tolerated, especially when made by a high-profile educator.
At the Alliance, we are uniquely positioned to work with schools to increase their efforts to educate students, faculty, and administrators on the dangers of hate speech and the importance of tolerance and inclusivity. And in this case, we felt that education and working with school administrators was our most effective course of action.
On Wednesday, I met with administrators from the school and was joined by Jim Vincent, president of the local branch of the NAACP. Together, we spoke about the importance of diversity amongst the school’s faculty and student body and the role the Alliance would play in helping to educate about the importance of inclusivity. You can read more about the meeting here.
On the subject of inclusivity, I am pleased to announce that our Fitness Center will extend its Saturday hours to a closing time of 8pm from 6pm beginning February 3. After hearing concerns from several JCC members who are Sabbath-observant, and understanding their commitment to personal wellness, I see making this slight change to our operating hours as long overdue.
Finally, in the spirit of transparency, I want to let you know that I will be rooting for my hometown Eagles in the Super Bowl. As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, and sports loyalties do not go away. I am aware of the community that I live in, so I optimistically say: May the best team win!
Adam Greenman, President & CEO