Anti-Defamation League

"It is important to feel anxiety, but it is sinful to wallow in despair."
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

ADL Chairman Harold Shwartz, Cardinal Bernard Law,
and Lenny pose in 1996.

Lenny was hired by the ADL in 1978, after he finished working with Governor Michael Dukakis. Because of his previous experience and obvious talent and skill, he was the youngest person ever to be hired as a Regional director. His official title was Executive Director of the New England Region of the ADL. Through his twenty tireless years of service to fighting prejudice, advocating for tolerance and civil rights, he has built affective coalitions with the Catholic, Black, Irish, Asian, and gay communities throughout Boston.

His work through the ADL in interfaith relations has been tremendous. He has organized a number of a interfaith pilgramages to Israel, Rome, Eastern Europe, and Germany, to speak about the Holocaust. The most recent trip was a Catholic Jewish pilgramage to Israel and Rome. Sixty people traveled together on this trip sponsered by the Anti-Defamation League and the Archdiocese of Boston. While in Rome, the group was honored by an audience with Pope John Paul II. At a historic ceremony, Lenny was named a Knight of St. Gregory in recognition of his career commitment to fighting anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry.

Lenny would always give his support to communities hit with the terrors of hate-crimes, vandalism, or tense and conflicted relations. He spoke all around the Boston area; at churches, synagogues, high-schools, and special events.

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