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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.