In the past year, we witnessed the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. The tragedy occurred in a Pittsburg Synagogue leaving 11 dead and countless more injured. More recently, a gunman opened fire in a San Diego Synagogue just as the Passover holiday was coming to an end. These tragic, despicable attacks must act as a wakeup call to each of us, and raise our awareness to the many smaller anti-Semitic crimes occurring in society today.
In NYC anti-Semitic crime has increased by 82% in the past four months, compared to the same period last year. According to the Anti Defamation League, 2018 had a 99 percent increase in such incidents compared to 2015, with harassment and vandalism targeting Jews increasing the most. The rapid rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric, the unfair criticism of our strongest ally Israel, and the subsequent tolerance of such behavior has created an environment that allows anti-Semitism to grow.