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Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC Responds to Rise of Anti-Semitic Incidents
(March 2, 2017)
Dr. Richard Krugel, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, issued the following statement in response to the rise of anti-Semitic incidents.
“The American Jewish community is deeply disturbed by the sharp uptick in anti-Semitic incidents, particularly the bomb threats to over 100 Jewish communities and institutions across the country and reprehensible desecration of two Jewish cemeteries. The Detroit Jewish community has not been immune, with bomb threats targeting two institutions and additional reports of bias incidents aimed at individuals in the Jewish community.
Our response is one of concern, but not fear. We will not cower in the face of these threats and will continue to dedicate our energies to preserving the vitality of our Jewish community.
We thank Michigan’s political leadership, the interfaith community and other friends for standing with us, and also the local, state and national law enforcement agencies for working diligently to protect the Jewish community and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
We cherish American freedoms and opportunity, and we will continue to strengthen our own community and stand up for those threatened by the rise of intolerance in this country.”
JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish Advocacy, unites our community’s premiere community relations and advocacy organizations in Detroit, and expands the agency’s capacity to deliver quality initiatives and programs. Under the partnership, JCRC/AJC maintains a local focus but gains access to the outstanding resources of AJC. AJC’s worldwide network, which includes 10 international offices and 32 association agreements with Jewish communities around the world, brings a wealth of resources and program opportunities to this community.
The critical importance of developing collaborative relationships with our neighbors could not be more apparent or pressing at this time. Interfaith outreach and Israel advocacy efforts are seeing the greatest growth due to the partnership. Facing a rise in anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, we have re-committed this agency to its core mission – building bridges of understanding between the Jewish community and its neighbors. In doing so, we will stand up for Israel and the values that we hold dear, and increase understanding in the greater community. We invite you to help us do even more by becoming involved in our various programs and by financially supporting them.
Dr. Richard Krugel, President David Kurzmann, Executive Director
(To learn more about AJC and its global reach on behalf of the Jewish community, visit: www.ajc.org
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