The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC's Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Young Adult Division held a dialogue on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 PM with author, Tufts University associate professor, and brilliant data analyst, Eitan Hersh discussing his book, Politics Is For Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change. Click here to watch the recording.


The UJFT Community Relations Council presented a special conversation with Senator Mark Warner, the state's former Governor, and current Vice-chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Member of Senate Finance, Banking, Budget and Rules Committees. It took place via Zoom on September 22 at 10 AM. Click here to watch a recording of the conversation.

Israel and the Territories: Calculating the Risk/Reward Ratio. Hear from Ghaith Al-Omari, Senior Fellow, Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel, Strategic Relationship at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President for Research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former Israel Today visiting expert in this July 9, 2020 community conversation.  Learn more about the issue and check out CRC's resources here.

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Urge Congress to Address Rising Hate and Xenophobia


At a time of fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, we have seen a spike in the spread of disinformation about and harassment of Asian-Americans, immigrants, and others. In Los Angeles, fake flyers were posted with the World Health Organization seal advising residents to avoid Asian-American businesses, thereby spreading the stigma surrounding the virus' origin in China. In this toxic environment where harassment and vitriolic rhetoric is on the rise, we cannot allow crimes motivated by hatred towards a victim's real or perceived race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability to go unchecked and uncounted. Yet our nation's ability to address this increase is hindered by a lack of information about these crimes. In 2018, Birmingham, Newark, Syracuse and more than 80 other cities with a population over 100,000 failed to report hate crimes to the FBI.


Join the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, co-convened by AJC and the Islamic Society of North America, in standing up for the civil rights of all Americans. Together we are advocating for legislation to improve FBI hate crimes reporting.


Stand with AJC and take action to combat hate and xenophobia by urging members of Congress to cosponsor and support the National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act (H.R.3545/S.2043). Click here to TAKE ACTION and contact Reps. Wittman, Luria, Scott, and McEachin.THANK Senators Kaine and Warner for signing on to the Senate bill.



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