The “No Fear: Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People” is being held in front of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to protest the rise in verbal and physical antisemitic hate crimes across the United States.
A variety of Jewish organizations banded together to organize the outdoor rally in response to the attacks against Jews. Supporters will be united in a shared belief that Jews have a right to exist in peace and security, organizers said.
Speakers included Elisha Wiesel, son of the famous Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel; Alma Hernandez who successfully passed Arizona’s first Holocaust Education Bill, along with elected officials across the political spectrum.
One of the notable speakers was Rabbi Shlomo Noginski, the Chabad Shliach who was stabbed last week in Boston. Speaking in Hebrew and translated by his brother Rabbi Benzion Laskin, he recalled the moments when his life was threatened.
Rabbi Noginski said he ran to a nearby park to keep the attacker, Khaled Awad, 24, from harming the 100 children attending summer camp at the Shaloh House Jewish Day School in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood.
He repeated the Rebbe‘s message that darkness must be fought with light and hatred should be responded to with love. He announced that he is opening a smicha program to ordain 8 new Chabad rabbis for the 8 stab wounds he suffered (to support it – click here).
His powerful message and bravery were received with cheers by the public, who were joined by many others watching the rally online.
Chabad Shluchim from Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, along with Chabad bochurim, were seen assisting participants of the rally with doing a Mitzvah and putting on Tefillin, organized by American Friends of Lubavitch and Rabbi Yitzi Ceitlin of Chabad East DC.
“Rabbi Noginski told people at the rally who wanted to meet him that there is a fee – they must don Tefillin for a chance to shake his hand,” Shluchim in attendance said.