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Community Leaders Against Hate and Antisemitism

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (EDT)

Thank you for your interest in being part of this important conversation. You will join other community leaders in the fields of education, local government, law enforcement, clergy, and others as we discuss the disturbing rise in hate and antisemitism in New Jersey and how to address it.

At this conference you will: 

  • Hear from keynote speaker Rachel Wainer Apter
  • Hear from Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker who was recently held hostage at his synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and from others whose lives have been affected by hate  
  • Discuss best practices for education and awareness training  
  • Meet with law enforcement and government officials to hear how our state is fighting back  
  • Join in a breakout session with other leaders in your field to discuss your shared experiences and efforts. 

The Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) seeks to unite our Greater MetroWest NJ community through dialogue, education, and action. We are the government relations, public policy, and jewish community relations building wing of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Committee members: Sheri Goldberg, Jeff Grayzel, Amanda Stone Greenblatt, Amy Paternite, Susan & Evan Ratner, Debbie Rosen, Rabbi Rob Tobin, Jane Wilf
Honorary Chairs: Dana & Peter Langerman
JCRC Chair: Zev Scherl


Rachel Wainer Apter, Director, NJ Division of Civil Rights 

As director, Rachel Wainer Apter has transformed the NJ Division of Civil Rights to strategically protect the civil rights of all New Jersey residents. She previously served as Counsel to the Attorney General, advising on civil rights and immigration matters. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she worked at the American Civil Liberties Union on cases concerning the right to be free from discrimination, voting rights, and other federal constitutional questions. Ms. Wainer Apter grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from Harvard Law School. After law school, Rachel served as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, and others.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX

Charlie Cytron-Walker has been the rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX since 2006. On January 15, 2022 he was at the center of a hostage-taking event at his synagogue in which he and three other congregants were held captive for 11 hours. He credits the training he received from Secure Community Network (SCN), the FBI, ADL, and Colleyville Police Department, for being alive today. Rabbi Charlie has been a leader in outreach to the interfaith and LGBTQ communities and has received many awards for his service and leadership.

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