The United States has been a welcoming home to Jews, and New York remains the vibrant center of Jewish life in America. Synagogues of all denominations, service agencies, cultural institutions, shops and restaurants. This reality lives in tension with another; Jews and Jewish institutions are too frequent targets of antisemitism and hate.
In the past few years, since Trump was elected, attacks have become more frequent, and more deadly. In 2018, a white nationalist entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11, wounded 6, in the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history.
New York’s 16th congressional district has large Black, Hispanic, and Jewish communities, but too often we live and learn in isolation. I believe each is at its strongest when it builds bridges and forms alliances across lines of difference. The rise of white nationalism in the United States feeds on fear of “outsiders,” be they immigrants, people of color, Jewish, or all three. I will work to build coalitions across our diverse district to address the threat of antisemitism and white nationalism before it’s too late. We must make sure that we have anti-racist curriculum in our schools to create a flourishing multiracial, multiethnic, and multifaith democracy. We must also make sure that the Department of Justice takes seriously the growing threat of antisemitism, hate crimes, and white supremacist extremism in this country.