Today is February 23, 2018 -
For decades, Federation has embraced the philosophy that we make our friends during the good times so that we have them during the bad ones.
In recent months, we’ve seen an uptick in hate around the world, which has people quite concerned. In the Jewish community, we are concerned about the growing anti-Semitism but perhaps even more concerned about the growing Islamophobia. Know that we work very hard locally to combat prejudice. We partner with ADL and their “No Place for Hate” initiative. We gathered several times with our Muslim friends this past year including celebrating iftar dinners and standing together during peace rallies. Last month, we hosted our annual Kristallnacht commemoration along with every other local community faith group.
A few weeks ago, in partnership with our Catholic friends, we heard from ADL’s Rabbi Sandmel about how to respond together during challenging times. Below we have ADL’s “Pledge to stand up against hate.” One of the suggestions is to “unite with diverse communities.” We have done this regularly, and we will continue to do so. In fact, we were invited yesterday to an interfaith open house at one of our local mosques to “assure confidence to those who are concerned.”
Federation will continue to take a leadership role in community interfaith relations, working with our area synagogues, rabbis, and community interfaith partners. I will continue to keep you posted. Always call me with any specific concerns.
Because there is no “them,” only us, take the pledge to #StandUp against racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, ableism, and all other forms of hate.
The pledge–Today I pledge to stand up against hate and stand up for respect.
Speak out when I hear someone being attacked for who they are
Talk about how stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination hurt our society
Denounce online hate and report conduct that violates terms of service
Unite with diverse communities & educate myself on how to be an effective ally
Protect my neighbors by building welcoming communities