Middlesex Black Jewish Coalition offers bystander intervention training
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Middlesex Black Jewish Coalition offers bystander intervention training

The Middlesex Black-Jewish Coalition, in partnership with the Highland Park Human Relations Commission, has organized a Bystander Intervention Training by the NJ Division on Civil Rights. The free program, on Zoom, is set for Wednesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. The Zoom link will be emailed once registration is completed.

Elissa Zylbershlag and Scott Hirschfeld are the speakers. The interactive virtual training explores the factors that inhibit and encourage bystander intervention, especially in situations involving bias, harassment, and discrimination. Participants will investigate the cognitive and psychological processes that influence whether and how people intervene and delve into strategies for intervening to support targets of bias and other problematic behavior. They also will learn about New Jersey’s anti-discrimination laws and consider the importance of bystander intervention within the context of civil rights law. Note that the program may contain mature and triggering content on bias incidents and is intended for adults. Discretion is advised.

Elissa Zylbershlag, the director of education and training for the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, develops, coordinates, and conducts training that promotes the division’s mission of preventing bias and discrimination. She also was a national trainer for the Anti-Defamation League.

Scott Hirschfeld is the lead curriculum specialist for the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights’ education and training unit; he has been a director of curriculum and training for the ADL.

For more information, email info@mbjc-nj.org.

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