Mar 1, 2017
The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading organization of orthodox rabbis in North America, notes with great alarm and concern the increase in incidents of anti-Semitic acts in the United States including bomb threats at JCCs, desecration of Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, and anti-Semitic actions and rhetoric on college campuses throughout the country. We again condemn all bigoted actions against all faiths. The RCA calls for continued vigilance and action by federal, state, and local authorities, as well as by those organizations whose mission it is to battle hate and bigotry. The RCA has shared information with its member rabbis on how to take proper security measures in order to safeguard their synagogues and schools and the members of their communities.
Rabbi Shalom Baum, president of the RCA, said, "We regret that the United States, historically a safe haven for refugees and minorities of all types, is now home to increasing hate, bigotry and intolerance pitted not only against our community's institutions, but against those of other faith communities as well. We thank the many citizens of the United States, of all faiths, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds, who join with us in decrying hate and who have shown their support, both moral and financial, to the Jewish community in recent days. We appreciate President Trump's condemnation of anti-Semitism and Vice President Pence's visit to the desecrated Jewish cemetery in St. Louis."
Rabbi Elazar Muskin, vice president of the RCA, said, "We are certain that the vast majority of American citizens continue to believe in the values of tolerance that made this country great and decry the efforts of vicious few whose behavior threatens to undermine those values."