Organizational Sign On: Jewish Communal Statement Denouncing White Supremacy

ADL joins with more than two dozen Jewish communal organizations in urging political leaders and fellow Americans to clearly and forcefully denounce domestic extremists.

Oct. 7, 2020

White supremacy is a public safety emergency, a threat to American democracy and a global crisis. When white supremacists are encouraged by our own administration on the national debate stage, the security of the 2020 U.S. election is at stake as are the lives and safety of those routinely targeted by those groups. And the problematic impact of white supremacy in America exists both on the ground and online. Social media companies allow white supremacist groups to grow their membership. Algorithms and engagement metrics augment their voices. Troll storms torment their victims. Platforms are a mechanism for white supremacists to plan their attacks and even broadcast their violence.

We urge all our political leaders and all our fellow Americans to unequivocally and explicitly denounce white supremacy, white supremacist organizations, and the individuals and groups who adopt and act on white supremacist and right-wing extremist ideologies.

Jews as a people have a long history of being singled out, stigmatized, and blamed without basis during times of societal crisis. The Jewish community is not alone in experiencing these stigma. In times of great fear, uncertainty and unrest, the demonization of the other has had the capacity to encourage extreme violence fueled by bigotry, racism, hatred and antisemitism. Knowing the perilous reality of incitement compels us to call on all people and particularly all leaders to reject white supremacy and right-wing extremism.

List of Signatories

Ameinu

Avodah

Aytzim: Ecological Judaism

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Bnai Keshet

Chicago Jewish Labor Committee

Habonim Dror North America

HIAS

J Street

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Jewish Democratic Council of America

Jewish Labor Committee

Jewish Multiracial Network

Jewish Women International

Jewish Women International (JWI)

Keshet

Lab/Shul

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Moving Traditions

National Association of Jewish Legislators

National Council of Jewish Women

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

New York Jewish Agenda

Rabbinical Assembly

Society for Humanistic Judaism

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Urban Adamah

Women of Reform Judaism