Bay Area Jewish Agencies Jointly Condemn Criminal Acts Against Rabbi Lerner's Home

San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2010 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the Northern California Board of Rabbis join together to condemn the vandalism of Rabbi Michael Lerner's home in Berkeley, California, this week. 

ADL, JCRC and the Board of Rabbis issued the following joint statement:

We unequivocally condemn criminal acts perpetrated against Rabbi Lerner's home. Political disagreements must be resolved in a civil manner, and not by resorting to violence. Our communities are especially disturbed that this crime targeted Rabbi Lerner at his home, thereby conveying to him the message that he may not be safe there. We are encouraged by the responsiveness of the Berkeley Police Department to this incident, and we urge its officers to investigate this crime as thoroughly as possible. The entire community must send a message to the perpetrators that we reject violence and criminality as a means to express our political opinions.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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