GEORGETOWN, Del. – After her family moved to this small town 30 years ago, Mona Dobrich grew up as the only Jew in school. Mrs. Dobrich, 39, married a local man, bought the house behind her parents’ home and brought up her two children as Jews.
For years, she and her daughter, Samantha, listened to Christian prayers at public school potlucks, award dinners and parent-teacher group meetings, she said. But at Samantha’s high school graduation in June 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged Mrs. Dobrich to act.
I’m sure you can guess what happened next. The good people of Georgetown Delaware realized that their behavior was unconstitutional (not to mention exclusionary and rude), apologized to the Dobriches, and changed their ways.
HA HA HA!
Actually, the Dobriches were threatened and her son was ridiculed for wearing his yarmulke and called “Alex the Jew.” At one school board meeting, where Ms. Dobrich spoke about the need for policies that did not exclude people based on faith, another speaker said, “If you want people to stop calling him ‘Jew boy,’ you tell him to give his heart to Jesus.”
This quote from a local resident seemed to sum up the community’s attitude:
“We have a way of doing things here, and it’s not going to change to accommodate a very small minority,” said Kenneth R. Stevens, 41, a businessman sitting in the Georgetown Diner. “If they feel singled out, they should find another school or excuse themselves from those functions. It’s our way of life.”