Jewish leaders across the U.S. attended the Day of Action Against Antisemitism

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday the Lexington Jewish community participated in the National Day of Action Against Antisemitism.

It follows an increase in hate crimes against Jews…..Across the country and here in Lexington.

During the virtual rally, Jewish leaders asked all Americans to lock arms, stand together and demand representatives in congress to take action against antisemitism and help stop it.

Senator Mitch McConnell spoke out during the rally saying he will do everything he can to support the Jewish community.

5/25/2021

As antisemitism persists nationwide and in the Commonwealth, the Lexington Jewish community and the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass are condemning antisemitism and participating in a virtual Day of Action Against Antisemitism rally on Thursday, May 27 at 4 p.m.

According to Rabbi Shlomo Litvin of Chabad of the Bluegrass, the national effort comes in response to a 900% increase in hate crimes against Jews. This includes the targeting of a local Rabbi on the Shavous holiday as well as the harassment and threats towards members of the Jewish community.

The Lexington Jewish community will join the American Jewish Committee; ADL; Hadassah, WZOA, inc.; Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and Jewish Federations of North America this Thursday, May 27th for a Day of Action Against Antisemitism. During the Day of Action Against Antisemitism, there will be calls to do acts of kindness and to stand against hatred.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught us that in a place of great darkness, a small flame cast a great light,” said Rabbi Litvin. “It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be that flame, both through good deeds, and by not remaining silent.”

The Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass also released a statement strongly condemning any and all acts of antisemitism in any form in Lexington, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, across the nation, and throughout the world.

The statement went on to say, “We do not tolerate any usage of antisemitic tropes, inflammatory rhetoric, or violence of any kind and support the efforts of our local governments and law enforcements to prosecute those who choose to engage in these manners to the fullest extent of the law. There is no excuse for antisemitism in any setting, and the Lexington Jewish community joins Jewish communities across the world to speak out against it today, tomorrow, and always. We will not allow the victims of antisemitism to stand without our support.”

When mentioning the Day of Action Against Antisemitism, the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass invites those of all faiths and cultural identities to “stand together as we learn how to identify, speak out, and take positive action against antisemitism.”

Participants can register for the virtual rally at https://www.adl.org/actagainstantisemitism?utm_medium=email&utm_source=whole&utm_campaign=dayactionas2021&utm_content=e01.

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