Standing up to Anti-Semitism

We're responding to external threats in New York and Europe.

Incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise here in New York, across the United States, and in Europe. That’s why we’re taking steps to increase security for Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout our communities. We’re forging alliances and building bridges of greater understanding with our neighbors so we can stand united against hate. And we’re empowering college students to advocate against anti-Zionism, which often crosses the line into anti-Semitism. We’re committed to keeping our communities safe and secure so they can proudly engage in Jewish life.

The Facts:

  • The Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh was the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history.
  • In 2019, the New York City Police Department released data showing more than half of all reported hate crimes in the city were anti-Jewish.
  • An ADL annual survey found 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in 2018, the third highest number since 1979.
  • Nine in ten French Jewish students report suffering campus anti-Semitism.
  • France reported a 74% increase in anti-Semitic incidents over last year.
  • Germany saw the number of violent attacks against Jews surge over 60%.

Our Impact:

In New York

  • We’re significantly enhancing security in the New York area. 
    UJA is investing $4 million over two years to enhance the physical security of the approximately 2,000 Jewish institutions in the New York area. We’re grateful to be joined in this urgent effort by The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Carolyn and Marc Rowan, and other generous philanthropists. Funding will be used in the following ways:

    • Locally Based Security Directors
      We’re expanding the team of professionals overseeing community security by adding six additional directors. Under the auspices of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Westchester Jewish Council, the team of security directors will be based in Long Island, Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. They will work directly with synagogues, schools, and other Jewish and local law enforcement, providing hands-on, targeted support.

    • Camp Security
      We’re also creating a new position to support the specific security needs at New York’s Jewish day camps and residential camps. Working with the Secure Community Network (SCN) and the Foundation for Jewish Camp, this professional will manage training programs and share best practices for keeping our campers and campgrounds safe.

    • Jewish Community Security Notification System
      We’re enhancing a communication system to connect all Jewish institutions in New York, allowing for real-time notifications and alerts as needed. Learning from other communities that have systems like these, we’re optimizing our model for New York.

  • We're helping organizations access government security funding.

    • With funding from The Paul E. Singer Foundation and with additional support from the Jewish Communal Fund, we’ve helped provide safety reviews for more than 180 Jewish day schools, synagogues, and community centers — an important first step in accessing government funds.

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

    • Additionally, our ongoing advocacy efforts at the city, state, and federal level have resulted in increased funding for security enhancements for non-public schools, day camps, and faith-based organizations.

  • We’re building strong coalitions and forging alliances with our neighbors.
    We’re supporting leadership training and helping to create interfaith networks that keep New Yorkers of all backgrounds focused on issues of common cause.

  • We’re empowering college students.
    We’re funding programs to give student and faculty leaders tools to engage in healthy discourse about Israel on campus. To learn more about how we're combating BDS, read here.

In Europe

  • We’re enhancing security in Europe. Through our international partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, we’re helping to install closed-circuit videos, bulletproof windows, and intercoms at Jewish schools, community centers, and synagogues. Community members also receive training on how to recognize and report possible threats.

  • We’re training European student leaders. With our support, the European Union of Jewish Students provides leadership training so students can address issues of anti-Semitism as they arise.

  • We’re building connections. We’re supporting Israel emissaries who are based in European Jewish communities to help young Jews connect with each other and develop a positive Jewish identity.

With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs

In New York:
Westchester Jewish Council

In Europe:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Jewish Agency for Israel
(Among many others)