Major American Jewish Organizations Urge Biden To Take Immediate Steps To Combat Antisemitism

Friday, May 21, 2021

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NEW YORK, NY – Today, five of the largest major American Jewish organizations wrote to President Joe Biden expressing their shared “grave concern” over the dramatic rise in antisemitism in the United States and abroad, and on social media platforms. In November 2020, the FBI released new data on reported hate crimes motivated by antisemitism showing a 14 percent increase year-over-year. Since then, antisemitic violence has surged, particularly so this month.

The signatories included Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federations of North America, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

HWZOA and other organizations are urging President Biden to take the following six steps:
•Speak out loudly and clearly against antisemitism.
•Appoint an Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.
•Reestablish and fill the position of White House Jewish Liaison.
•Hold a White House convened conversation on antisemitism.
•Preserve protections for students against antisemitism.
•Invest in security enhancements for religious institutions.

To read a copy of the letter to President Biden, please click here.

To read a copy of Hadassah’s Policy Statement, Combating Antisemitism, please click here.

ABOUT HADASSAH:

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates, and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism, and promoting women’s health. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals in Jerusalem, Hadassah delivers exemplary patient care to over a million people every year and supports world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion, or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace.” Additionally, Hadassah supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.