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JCRC Condemns Wave of Anti-Semitic Acts Nationwide

March 1, 2017—The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) strongly condemns the repeated string of anti-Semitic acts taking place across our country. This week marks the fifth wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and day schools and the second desecration of a Jewish cemetery. We appreciate President Trump’s words of support as delivered during his speech to Congress last night as well as his acknowledgement of the tangible uptick in anti-Semitic behavior over the past few months.

“This recent wave of national anti-Semitic activity, coupled with the spray painting of Nazi swastikas at a local elementary school in Stapleton and the bomb threat to the Boulder JCC, have struck a frightening chord throughout our community” said Ben Lusher, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

“We will not be intimidated and we will not allow our community to be disrupted. We will continue to do everything in our power to make sure our children and institutions remain safe.”

As a coalition of over 30 Jewish organizations and 15 at-large members across Colorado, the JCRC will not tolerate such targeted hatred. Divisive rhetoric and hostile actions against the Jewish community – as well as against other minority and immigrant communities – has no place in a country that prides itself on tolerance and diversity.

The JCRC applauds the efforts underway by local law enforcement, the Jewish Federation of North America’s Secure Communities Network (SCN) and the Anti-Defamation League to ensure that our children and our community are taking all necessary precautions.

Over the coming months, the JCRC will continue to work with our partners to keep our community safe, educate our public officials on the recent rise in anti-Semitic acts, and build coalitions with other minority communities who are the target of hate speech and other tangible threats.

About JCRC
The JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council), a program of JEWISHcolorado, advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of more than 30 member organizations, 15 at-large members, and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).