This land was made for you and me

Submitted by Jerry on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 01:32
Peabody students singing
Peabody student chorus performs Woody Guthrie's "This land was made for you and me."

What brought the Peabody community together on the afternoon of June 5, 2019? The leaders of Peabody were determined to stand in solidarity against hate and for love and inclusion. And they did so in shock and anger that on May 24, the Jewish Sabbath, two rabbis were harassed for walking while Jewish. Rabbi Nechamia Schusterman (Chabad of Peabody) and  Rabbi Sruli Baron (Tobin Bridge Chabad) were confronted and harassed by a driver when they walked along Lowell Street.

 

Leaders respond to "This land was made for you and me."
Leaders respond to "This land was made for you and me."

 

Children and parents respond to singing
Children and parents respond to singing
Mayor Ted Bettencourt addresses audience
Mayor Ted Bettencourt addresses audience
Rabbi Nechamia Schusterman speaks
Rabbi Nechamia Schusterman speaks

Rabbi Nechamia Schusterman (Chabad) spoke:

Thank you Mr. Mayor & Debbie Coltin of the Lappin Foundation, the soul behind this rally, the PCMA and specifically Joel Aderle and Richard Perlman, David Kudan for the great work you do for the community and the faith communities and all those from the various houses of worship in town. Thank to the Peabody Police and State police … your visits with your cruisers at the local Synagogues and my home is very comforting.

It means the world to myself, and my family personally, and to the entire Jewish community that so many organizations came out, including the CJP, ADL, Deputy Consul General of the State of Israel and more…

However, more specifically, I want to thank the residents of the city of Peabody and the surrounding communities. Thank you for showing up today and being counted, and standing by the local Jewish community, as I know you’d do for any faith that was attacked or maligned. This is a rally against anti-semitism, against intolerance, but it is not about me.

So hiding your identity doesn’t fix anything. In fact, I think we need to do the opposite. We need to reinforce our individuality, stand louder and prouder in who we are.

The real solution however is to root out hate.

We need to turn darkness into light. Sadness into happiness. Negative into positive.

Mr. Mayor, you’ll forgive me for renaming this rally. It is not a rally against hate, but A RALLY FOR GOOD!

Full text of  Rabbi Schusterman's talk    

 

 

Shepard Remis, board member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Shepard Remis, board member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies

 

 

  Rhonda Gil­berg, Chair of the ADL’s North Shore Advisory Committee
Rabbi Sruli Baron (of Tobin Bridge Chabad) speaks
Rabbi Sruli Baron (Tobin Bridge Chabad) speaks
Father John of St. John's church and leader of Peabody pastoral leaders
Father John MacInnis, St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody; he is the leader of the interfaith Peabody ministerial group.
Assistant Israeli Counsel
Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to New England
Jeff Cohen displays banner of Salem "No Place for Hate" in support of rally
Jeff Cohen displays banner of Salem "No Place for Hate" in support of rally
Major ___, State Police, Chief Thomas Griffin, Christoper Ryder, Chief of Staff to Mayor
Major ___, State Police, Chief Thomas Griffin, Christoper Ryder, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor
Citizens of Peabody
Citizens of Peabody
Deborah Coltin, Executive Director of Lappin Foundation, and representative of Israeli consul
Deborah Coltin, Executive Director of Lappin Foundation, and Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to New England
Rabbi Nechamia Shusterman & Senator Joan Lovely
Rabbi Nechamia Shusterman & Senator Joan Lovely
Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to New England & Senator Joan Lovely
Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to New England & Senator Joan Lovely
Fawaz Abusharkh, Islamic Society of the North Shore and Rabbi __
 Imam Fawaz Abusharkh, Islamic Society of the North Shore and Rabbi Alison Adler of Temple B'nai Avraham, Beverly
Senator Joan Lovely & Father John
Senator Joan Lovely & Father John MacInnis, St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody
Thank you
Thank you sign displayed by many at the event
Working press