The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) condemn in the strongest possible terms the anti-Semitic and bias incidents that were brought to the public's attention on Monday night at an Amity Board of Education meeting. This climate of intolerance from drawing swastikas to taunts targeting Jewish students and their families is unacceptable. It is especially heart breaking and infuriating, coming just two weeks after the largest massacre on a Jewish community in the United States. We are proud to stand with our partners the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) to address this recent uptick in antisemitism locally, nationally and around the world.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven firmly stands with the students of all backgrounds who brought these incidents to the Amity Board of Education's attention and condemns any form of hatred, bigotry, discrimination and intimidation against anyone based on their race, country of origin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. No one should be made to feel unsafe for who they are.
We call upon all facets of our community to stand up to antisemitism and join in solidarity against hatred in all forms, and praise the Amity Board of Education and faculty for taking immediate steps to find a solution to these accusations.
Again, we extend our sincere condolences to all of the students and families targeted and to all who feel unsafe following these vile acts of antisemitism.
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater New Haven is the public affairs and community relations arm of the Jewish community representing Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout the Greater New Haven area. The JCRC focuses on government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations, and social justice.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is a community-building organization that cares for those in need in our community and promotes the continuity, security, and unity of the Jewish community here, in Israel, and around the world.