Jewish Federation & JCRC Leaders Condemn White Nationalist Hatred in Charlottesville

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council join in horror, grief and outrage at the hate-filled white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. We are sickened by the vile racism and anti-Semitism on proud display at one of the largest such gatherings in decades, including Nazi flags, imagery, salutes, slogans and quotes from Hitler. We grieve for the young woman killed in a car-ramming by a likely neo-Nazi adherent, and the needless deaths of two state troopers, as we pray for those injured.

Even without this stark reminder, as Jews we know all too well the depths where intolerance and extremism meet. Our history tells us how anti-Semitism, discrimination and marginalization of ethnic and racial minorities flourish. It also emphasizes the critical importance of leaders and people of goodwill speaking out in fierce condemnation of such evil and calling for unity in its face.

We take heart in the quick responses from so many who vary by politics, religion, geography and much more, who have come together to speak out against hate. But more than condemnation is needed to rise to this critical challenge of our time. Standing united as a Jewish community while building tolerance and civility with diverse partners, we can act on our Jewish and American values to eschew violence and divisiveness, and work toward building a society in which we can thrive together in peace and security.

Anne L. Jacobson
Chair, Federation Board

Matthew C. Levin
President & CEO

Matthew Kutcher
Chair, Jewish Community Relations Council

Stuart R. Silver, Esq.
Director, Jewish Community Relations Council