FEDERATION POLICY STATEMENT – January 18, 2017

On January 18, 2017, as a result of the recent presidential campaign, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Central New York wanted to publicize a clear statement reaffirming our Jewish values of freedom and human rights.  At its January 2017 meeting, the Board voted unanimously to accept and endorse the following resolution:

“The Jewish Federation of Central New York is deeply troubled about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad.  We are also concerned about increased virulent anti-Israel statements and actions here and abroad which go beyond differences over policy but rise to anti-Semitism in their scope and degree. 

We condemn all hate speech and reaffirm our commitment to equality, human dignity, and peace. 

We condemn attacks on any religious or ethnic groups that share our commitment to equality, human dignity, and peace and hold that an attack on any such group is an attack on us as well.

We will continue to be vigilant in identifying all manifestations of bigotry, and we will work independently or with allies to reduce and eliminate their adverse effects on our community.

We will respond as needed to acts and words that are in opposition to our mission to protect the interests of the Jewish community and to advocate for the State of Israel.”