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Fighting hate through billboards, remembering the Parkland school shooting, getting your romance on with Argentine tango

High School shooting in Coral Springs
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Waiting for word from students at Coral Springs Drive and the Sawgrass Expressway just south of the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs where a mass shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

A non-profit battling antisemitism is trying something new — messaging through billboards. A look at the person behind the lens: the Sun Sentinel photographer who's covered the Parkland tragedy from the very beginning. Plus, add some romance this Valentine's Day with local tango classes.

On this Monday, Feb. 14 edition of Sundial:

JewBelong fights against hate

"Does your church need armed guards? 'Cause our synagogue does."

That's one of the quotes you might have seen around Miami on pink billboards lately.

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One in four Jewish people in the United States has experienced some form of antisemitism in their lives.

And from these attacks, there are many American Jews who have changed their behavior to avoid attacks. We’re talking about avoiding posting online content or wearing items that identify them as Jewish.

The New Jersey-based organization JewBelong recently launched a campaign to educate and fight back. They’re using pink billboards and other ads in cities like New York, San Francisco, and now Miami.

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The lasting impact of the Parkland school shooting

It's been four years since The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. It’s a day that changed our community.

A gunman killed 14 students and three educators, and injured 17 others.

Since then, the community has rallied. Laws have been proposed. Some changed. And the court proceedings for the shooter are ongoing.

Amy Beth Bennett is an award-winning photojournalist and videographer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She's been documenting the families' grief, along with their healing over the years.

“I feel really strongly about local media ... I think people need to invest more in their local media. I always say, we have a vested interest in getting it right, not wrong. We live here."

"You know, I was a soccer coach for five years for my daughter's soccer team, and many of the kids that I coached were at MSD that day,” Bennet added.

For survivors of trauma, the news this time of year can trigger painful feelings and sometimes symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Healing is an ongoing process. To understand how this continues to affect the MSD community, WLRN's Caitie Munoz spoke with Dr. Jessica J. Ruiz, who is the chief psychologist and director for Behavioral Health Associates of Broward, the Counseling Centers of Goodman Jewish Family Services.

Find more on that conversation here.

From the Latin America Report: Two to tango

"The essence of tango is knowing how to connect, finding that special person, getting into a warm embrace and taking an elegant walk around the floor. It feels, when you're dancing, like poetry."

We heard from a local tango instructor for Valentine’s Day week. Find that story here.

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Leslie Ovalle produces WLRN's daily magazine program, Sundial. She previously produced Morning Edition newscasts at WLRN and anchored the midday news. As a multimedia producer, she also works on visual and digital storytelling.