By COLlive reporter
In light of the ongoing and persistent anti-Semitic attacks against Jews in the New York area, a myriad of organizations are coming together to demonstrate Jewish unity as well as solidarity and support for the communities being targeted.
UJA-Federation is convening the rally which will include many major Jewish groups like the JCRC, ADL, AJC-NY, and the NYBR to confront and condemn the attacks Orthodox Jews and highlight how an attack against all Jews.
The rally will begin Sunday, 5th January at 11:00 am at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. All gathered will march across the Brooklyn Bridge followed by a rally in Cadman Plaza.
“Every Jew needs to come and participate in this rally,” said community activist Devorah Halberstam, who is a speaker at the event. “We must stand together in unity in response to the daily antiSemitic attacks. Members of our community ask what they can do – participate in the rally,” she said.
Halberstam asks people to not only attend themselves, but to encourage family and friends to attend as well.
“Our community of Crown Heights has been targeted non-stop and we have to be there in a show of solidarity. We are one people. And we have to demonstrate to the world that we are here to stay, and America has to live up to what it stands for. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Halberstam said.
The rally is being billed “No Hate. No Fear.” Organizers stated that “anti-Semitism comes from the right, left, and from groups that don’t fall neatly into either category. They all, however, employ the same pernicious anti-Semitic tropes. Hate is hate is hate.”
“Seeing the outpouring of support is so heartening,” says Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council. “I hope that the Crown Heights Jewish community will have a strong showing at the rally.”
“Our brothers and sisters in the Chassidic and Traditional-Orthodox communities are bearing the brunt of these anti-semitic attacks in New York,” said Eric Goldstein, the CEO of UJA-Federation. “we must stand with them, and that’s something we’re going to show on Sunday.”
People will be there from across the city, with some groups coming from across the country in an effort to demonstrate that hate is only making Jews more unified as a community. Groups that are expected to participate come from across every divide — religious, political, and otherwise — to stand together and forcefully call out all forms of anti-Semitism. “Now more than ever, we must stand proudly as Jews,” said Goldstein. “Now more than ever, we must speak up.”
“No Hate. No Fear.” Rally
Hashtags: #JewishandProud #StandTogether
Getting to the rally:
Subways to Foley Square:
1, 2, 3, A, C, J, or Z trains to Chambers Street
4, 5, 6, R, or W trains to City Hall
March participants should arrive at Foley Square via the North side, at the intersection of Worth Street and Lafayette Street (also known as Federal Plaza).
Marchers who arrive via subway south of Foley Square must walk up Broadway or Centre Street until Worth Street, then proceed toward the intersection of Worth and Lafayette.
If your group is chartering a bus:
Drop off as close as possible to the intersection of Broadway and Worth Street. Marchers should proceed to Worth Street and then turn onto Lafayette Street (Federal Plaza). Pick up after the rally from the Cadman Plaza West, between Tillary and Middagh Streets.