Hate in her own Backyard
When Johnna Kaplan woke up on a recent morning, it seemed the local (that is, Connecticut) news was full of stories about unlikely dangers in her midst. First there were moose, bears and other wild animals prowling the streets, and then there were anti-Semites. One incident, involving a swastika spray-painted on a synagogue, happened in the town where her parents live. Another, in which a young Jewish child was told by a classmate, “Your family deserves to be killed,” took place in a bucolic town ironically known in Colonial days as the “Parish of Judea.” After reading that attacks on Jews were on the rise in her state, she wondered what to do. Educate people? Take self-defense courses? Move?