New Jersey School Boards Association has asked its Legislative Vice President Rosemary Bernardi to resign after she was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks at an Evesham School Board meeting, where she was a member of the board. She also resigned from Evesham.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
According to some who attended the May 23 meeting, Bernardi seemed irked when the board voted to reschedule the start of classes in September to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.
“It’s up to the parents to keep their kids home,” she allegedly said, “all seven or eight Jews who live in our district.”
According to Marc Cohen, a Philadelphia schoolteacher and Evesham resident who had requested the change, Bernardi reminded the audience at the close of the meeting that June 4 was the filing date for anyone wishing to run for a seat on the school board and said, “There are three seats up, and there are five Jews on the board.”
Lawrence Feinsod, Executive Director of NJSBA, said that “any other action [than her resignation] would have been unacceptable.”