JLC member organisation United Synagogue encourage everyone who can to attend ‘Campaign Against Antisemitism UK’ at 2.00pm on 31st August at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL to demand Zero Tolerance of Antisemitism.
This is an event that the JLC are fully behind and support and we too encourage as many people as possible to attend and spread the word.
The events of recent weeks have left the Jewish community feeling very uneasy. At such a time we each have to answer an important question: “How will I respond?”
This is about more than just the recent media focus on Israel and Gaza. The suffering that is occurring right across the Middle East rightly remains of enormous concern to us all, however we need to act now in response to the growing problems that are affecting life for Jews here in the UK.
This Sunday (31st Aug) there will be a rally organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism UK at 2.00pm at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL to demand Zero Tolerance of Antisemitism. (Their website is here: or if you plan to go, this event on Facebook will help the organisers keep track of the numbers attending.)
The President and Trustees of the United Synagogue are supporting this rally and we are writing to the Chairmen and members of all of our shuls to urge as many as possible to attend. As the largest Jewish communal organisation in the UK, we need to stand up now against antisemitism in this country.
The violence of some of the views that we have seen expressed should sound alarm bells, as should the violence that has already begun against a number of UK synagogues and communal buildings. When words begin to be translated into action against property, as Jews we have all too clear an understanding of where this leads. As the CST reports an enormous increase in antisemitic incidents it is not enough for us to express concern about the rising tide of antisemitism, we need to do something about it. All of us need to stand up for our community.
The many thousands of members of The US can make a real difference. Since early July, in addition to numerous meetings, prayer services and a variety of publicity and educational materials, The United Synagogue has continued to ask members to respond to what is happening in the media (both on and offline). Sharing our concerns with political leaders, the media, our friends and colleagues is important. Raising our voices in prayer and in protest follows a tradition that dates back to the birth of the Jewish people. We all must do what we can to counter the terrible threat that antisemitism represents.
The US is committed to standing alongside all those Jewish organisations who are fighting to protect our communal life. We will keep our members up to date with all that is being done through You & US, our website and of course our local communities. What remains is for our members to answer the question: “How will I respond?”
I hope you will join me at the rally on Sunday.