I am thousands of miles away in Israel, but news of this disgusting anti-Semitic display a mile from the office of our New Bedford Federation has caught up with me. Part of the A&A Jewelers sign was cut up and left in the parking lot of New York Bagel Co. (a business owned by a member of the Jewish community) across the street.
Our community is strong and will continue to battle such displays of ignorance and racism with educational programs and advocacy. We will not let this deplorable act shake our confidence or our beliefs. Together we stand up to hate. I am hopeful that law enforcement will find the individual(s) who committed this act and justice will prevail.
While I had intended to share news of my time here visiting our partnership region of Afula-Gilboa, I will save those updates until next week. Nothing supersedes the gravity of this display of anti-Semitism in our own backyard.