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As the war in Israel continues, antisemitism and anti-Zionism and incidents of Jew hatred have increased. ADL Center on Extremism notes nearly 400-percent increase in preliminary antisemitic incidents reported year over-year. One in four American Jews has personally experienced antisemitism in the past five years, and more than half (56 percent) have witnessed antisemitic comments targeting others. This disturbing trend weighs heavily on all of us.
Federation is with you in this effort. Here’s what you can do to take action.
Please note: True emergencies should be reported to police via 911 immediately.
Federation works around the clock to ensure our community is safe. We provide resources to act, offer strategic, monetary, and advisory support and work with local law enforcement and interfaith communities to build strong relationships and strengthen security within our community.
Please use this form to report antisemitism and learn more about the work Federation is doing to combat antisemitism and anti-Zionism in Greater MetroWest.
Take Action and Be a Source of Change
What you can do — from sharing on social media to living the values you believe in.
Gain an understanding of the historical and modern day forms of antisemitism and learn how to recognize antisemitism in everyday life. Here’s how
Use your voice on social media and beyond
Join us on Instagram and Facebook and share with your own network to raise awareness and empower others to Shine a Light. Educate and connect with others. Listen to listen, not to respond. Then address specific issues in a conversation rather than argue.
Advocate with your local elected officials
Write to your mayor to request that they address antisemitism in your community, take actions, and make statements against antisemitism by issuing proclamation of draft resolution such as this. Download template
Display Jewish pride
Embrace Jewish heritage, history, and culture while avoiding use of anti-Jewish language or referencing anti-Jewish stereotypes, even in jest. Watch video
Focus on young people
Instill in children and teens an appreciation for and pride in being Jewish. Make Jewish identity relevant to young people by encouraging them to identify with positive Jewish role models. Learn more
Be an upstander, be a role model, be a shamash
Treating people with kindness and empathy is the best antidote to antisemitism.
Join us in our efforts — We need your help now to combat antisemitism, respond immediately to crises near and far as they happen, invest in our Jewish future, and strengthen security in our community. None of the work we do would be possible without the generosity of community members who want to help.
What We Do as a Federation
We are relentless in our commitment to confronting antisemitism by continuing to:
Create opportunities for dialogue
Build coalitions and creating conversations across all denominations, and religious affiliations and ethnic communities. The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the government relations, public policy, and advocacy arm of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Its mission is to mobilize the Jewish community on national, state, and local issues to ensure that our community’s interests are addressed. By forging relationships with our elected representatives, educating and engaging our community, and building coalitions with other political and faith-based groups, we make sure that our voice is heard on issues that are central to our values as Jews and Americans.
Advocate and education
Provide resources and programs to educate the larger Greater MetroWest community about hatred and the lessons of the Holocaust. Federation’s Holocaust Council provides Holocaust education to 15,000 Jewish and non-Jewish members of our community, including public, private, and parochial schools each year.
Prepare the next generation of leaders
Help Jewish teens understand anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric they are likely to encounter in college. Federation is a strong supporter of pro-Israel activities on campus through our Hillel of Greater MetroWest NJ. However, we believe that Israel education and advocacy training must start well before our students go off to college to prepare them for the challenges of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and anti-Israel rhetoric and activity on campus.
Secure and protect our community
Support Jewish institutions with securing their locations and coordinating with law enforcement. To help secure our Greater MetroWest community, our Federation’s Community Security Initiative (CSI) conducts physical and threat assessments of our local agencies and synagogues to identify immediate security vulnerabilities and support submissions for state and federal grants; and provides security trainings for partner institutions and the broader community.
Speak Up Against Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
When Jews are targeted on the streets, in shops, or at synagogues, the threat is also an assault on the fabric and fiber of America’s democratic, pluralistic society.
When any minority is threatened, our country as a whole is at risk. Bias, discrimination, hate, and terror affect everyone. There are no outsiders, bystanders, or witnesses. Calling out antisemitism is fundamental to living a Jewish life.
While we can’t eliminate antisemitic acts and rhetoric, which have discolored the landscape for millennia, your Jewish Federation is working tirelessly to educate, advocate, prepare, and protect our community, and we want to empower you, because you can make a difference.
Brought to you by Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council as part of our partnership with Shine a Light, a national program designed to raise awareness of the effects of antisemitism in our country.