HILLARY B. ROSSMAN/AARON AHLQUIST
After Pittsburgh, Do You Bring Your Gun to Synagogue?
The horrific tragedy at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions give special importance to the question raised in the title. What are the most effective ways to ensure the safety and security of Jews, and of all minorities, in an increasingly polarized society? Hillary, a Jewish FBI agent for more than two decades, and Aaron Ahlquist, ADL regional director,will describe the current threat picture with respect to hate crimes based on religion and active shooter situations at religious institutions and suggest how best to respond.
Hillary B. Rossman, born and raised in South Florida, earned her BA in History from Cornell University and her JD from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). She interned for Miami State Attorney Janet Reno and practiced law as a litigation associate before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent in December, 1996. She was assigned to New Orleans Field Office from 1997–2007 and returned to the New Orleans Field Office as Chief Division Counsel in July, 2014. Hillary is single raising a Shih-Tzu puppy.
Aaron Ahlquist is the Regional Director for the ADL South-Central Region covering Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The ADL is a 105-year-old civil rights and human relations agency that fights anti-Semitism and discrimination against all. Before starting at the ADL in December 2017, Aaron was an attorney at Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC in New Orleans. Aaron also spent time on Capitol Hill working on issues of refugee and human rights, health care, and judiciary matters.