RESPONDING TO ANTISEMITISM & GLOBAL CRISES

STANDING UP
TO ANTISEMITISM

We'll never stand silent when faced with hate. From Pittsburgh to Colleyville, antisemitism is on the rise in New York and across the United States — and we’re taking action.
Mobilizing our community and other allies to unequivocally denounce anti-Jewish hate. Helping secure 2,000 Jewish organizations and synagogues in the New York area. Forging alliances and building bridges of greater understanding with our neighbors. And educating the Jewish community, particularly college students, about when criticism of Israel crosses the dangerous line into anti-Zionism and antisemitism.
We will never allow hate to stand in the way of living proudly Jewish lives.

A Strong Statement of Support

After a spate of antisemitic attacks, we mobilized a group of diverse community leaders and organizations and ran a full-page ad in The New York Times, New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal that read: “We unequivocally condemn these attacks and all acts of antisemitism and hate in any form. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and call on all community leaders to join us.” 

Confronting Antisemitism

   

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No Hate. No Fear.

On January 5, 2020, we mobilized 25,000 people — Jews and non-Jews — to march across the Brooklyn Bridge under the banner of "No Hate. No Fear." The historic march and the rally were conceived and funded by UJA, and planned along with JCRC-NY. A parallel rally took place in Jerusalem, and nearly 200 organizations participated nationwide — including our senior-most political leaders from the state, city, and Congress. 

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OUR IMPACT

  • Our Community Security Initiative (CSI), a joint initiative of UJA and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), helps secure 2,000 Jewish organizations in the New York area. 

  • Mitchell D. Silber, former NYPD director of intelligence analysis, leads CSI and oversees a team of five locally based security directors who are addressing the needs of organizations in the Bronx/Westchester, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan/Staten Island, and Queens.

  • A camp security director works with the Secure Community Network (SCN) and the Foundation for Jewish Camp to manage training programs and share best practices for keeping our campgrounds safe.

  • A Threat Intelligence Analyst based at the ADL's Center on Extremism monitors streams of online antisemitism for New York-based threats.

  • We’re enhancing a community-wide communication system to connect all Jewish institutions in New York, allowing for real-time notifications and alerts as needed.

  • We’re supporting the Community Security Service (CSS) to help onboard volunteer security teams at local synagogues and other Jewish institutions.

  • We created a $250,000 fund at JCRC-NY to provide security enhancement packages to at least 50 small synagogues — also known as shtiebels — in Brooklyn. The synagogues, in Midwood, Kensington, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Borough Park, and Flatbush, have a capacity of fewer than 200 people and little or no staff. 

  • Last year, we helped provide 135 safety reviews for Jewish day schools, synagogues, and community centers — these reviews yielded 177 nonprofit security grants totaling nearly $27 million.

  • We’re providing loans to nonprofits that received security grants but can’t afford to pay for security enhancements while awaiting government reimbursement.

Q&A WITH MITCHELL SILBER

In the wake of a spike in antisemitism here in New York, Mitchell Silber, who heads our Community Security Initiative, shares insights on how Jewish institutions should be thinking about security. 

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