Lexington community leaders call out hate, intolerance against Jewish community

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- As hate crimes against Jewish communities continue to make headlines around the world, advocates for Jewish Americans in Lexington rallied together to promote kindness.

Leaders from the Chabad of the Bluegrass and The Jewish Advocacy of Kentucky joined with other community groups to plan a rally to condemn attack against Jewish people as the result of anti-Semitic ideas.

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Rabbi Shlomo Litvin of the Chabad of the Bluegrass says hate toward Jews is not a new occurrence.

He says the rally is the response to a troubling trend in society encouraging violence toward Jews.

Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr was also at Sunday’s rally to give a message of support to the local Jewish community and call attention to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in response to an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses.



“If you are a tax payer funded public institution..you have to apply the civil rights act to Jewish students in the same way you would apply to any other group,” Barr explained.

Aaron Rothky, president of the Jewish Advocacy of Kentucky, says the event’s message is bigger than one rally.

He encourages people in the community to continuously pass on positive energy.

“It can’t stop at coming to a community event. We have to be ambassadors of light,” he says.