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Religious leaders, town and state officials, and residents gathered in Bedford Thursday to denounce recent acts of anti-Semitism in the schools and pledge their support to help make Bedford a safe and welcoming community for all cultures and races.
More than 300 people turned out to the public forum at the John Glenn Middle School organized by Superintendent Jon Sills in response to a series of incidents in the schools this year that have included a game called “Jail the Jews’’ and hateful graffiti.
“I’m not Jewish but I will not accept this,’’ said longtime resident Rachel Murphy, who started the Concerned Black Citizens of Bedford in the 1980s in response to issues her children were facing in the schools.