By COLlive reporter
A few hundred Crown Heights Jews joined a march in solidarity with the Black community on Sunday afternoon on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.
Jewish residents of the neighborhood gathered to march in solidarity with their black neighbors and fellow community members in protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota.
Jews of all types held signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and proclaiming “Human decency should be a frum value,” “Crown Heights Jews Stand with Our Black Neighbors,” as well as the saying from Pirkei Avos, “Love thy neighbor.”
One sign read, “As a Jew, I know what it feels like to be afraid. I stand with my black community members and neighbors,” and another, a quote from Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of love is not hate. It’s indifference.”
The group gathered at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway, and marched peacefully to Franklin Avenue.
Among those who addressed the crowd was former Senator Jesse Hamilton, who’s running to represent District 43 in the New York State Senate.
“If the Rebbe were here, he’d be proud to see us working together for peace and love,” Hamilton said.
The march was organized by Simcha Baez, Avraham Yosef Baez, Ephraim Sherman, Menuchah Sherman, Chanan Zvi Maister, Devorah Leah Backman, Maayan Zik, Adira Shakhnovich, Miriam Levy-Haim, Ilana Rauch-Spencer, Esther Ita Holt, Nessia Goldstein and Yerachmiel Goldstein.