A Statement About Charlottesville

Now is a time to come together and speak with unified voice

There can be only one side when it comes to racism, hatred, and antisemitism. Against.

Now is a time to come together and speak with unified voice standing against hate and fear, and in mourning for lives lost in Charlottesville and Barcelona. This is a time when the president needs to explicitly and without equivocation condemn the racism, hatred and antisemitism on display in Charlottesville. Anything less emboldens neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. The Orthodox Rabbinic Council issued this statement: “Failure to unequivocally reject hatred and bias is a failing of moral leadership and fans the flames of intolerance and chauvinism.”

A piece of the story that has not been widely shared in the national press is the direct threats to Jews and Jewish institutions. As the synagogue in Charlottesville was conducting services—white supremists marched outside the building, chanting anti-Semitic slogans and carrying assault weapons. Anti-semites and racists have been emboldened. This resurgence of bigotry and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK and alt-right must be condemned by every leader.

We will gather at the OFJCC together with people of different faiths, races, and political affiliations to stand together in love. We are stronger when we condemn bigotry in all its forms as a united community. We will join our friends and neighbors in saying, “Not here. Not now. Never again.”
It is sad that our children are learning that this is still part of the world. We have to work to ensure that the world is better for them.

There can be only one side when it comes to racism, hatred, and antisemitism. Against.

(Based on statement issued by Rabbi Barry Katz)