Standing up to Antisemitism

Dear Shomrei Community,

This past Sunday night, I attended the holiday celebration in Nutley and instead ofย speakingย about light and joy, I spoke about antisemitism.ย  There were 1,000 people gathered to light the Christmas tree, with a DJ and roasted chestnuts.ย  I was supposed to say a blessing for the Hanukkah menorah and keep it light, but my eyes were tearing up.ย  It felt urgent to explain how vulnerable Jews are feeling right now, right here in New Jersey, and to ask everyone there to BE THE LIGHT WE NEED TO SEE IN THE WORLD. Continue reading