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Posted on: January 24, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Rabbi Mara Young--speaking out against Anti Semitism

a thoughtful sermon highlighting the dangers of Anti Semitism
After the recent hostage incident in Texas it's important to recognize that Anti Semitism is alive and needs to be stopped

In recent years  Greenburgh officials have spoken out against hate, racism, bigotry against African Americans, the Chinese, Indian & Asian communities, LGBTQ, Hispanics, Muslims and others.  We must never tolerate acts of racism against anyone.  And, we must never look the other way and be silent when incidents occur.

Over a week ago Jews the world was  horrified to learn that a Rabbi and others were being held hostage by a a man armed with a gun and explosives inside a Colleyville, Tex., synagogue, where they were gathered Saturday for Sabbath services.  Fortunately, the hostages all escaped alive.  On October 27, 2018 there was another attack on a Jewish synagogue --Pittsburgh's tree of Life synagogue. Robert Bowers burst into the Tree of Life Synagogue at that time shouting "all Jews must die."   

A headline on the ABC7NY website (April 21, 2020) mentioned an  "Anti Semitic Zoom bombing under investigation in Westchester County."  Services were interrupted by anti Semitic acts, including posting swastikas and other offensive materials for people to see.  Every year there are reports of Anti Semitic acts of graffiti in our county.

These incidents highlight the fact that Anti Semitism is alive and must be fought.

On Friday night the senior Rabbi of Greenburgh's Woodlands Community Temple, Rabbi Mara Young, gave a thoughtful  and passionate sermon on Anti Semitism that I think should be shared with our larger community. Please join Rabbi Mara Young and others and speak out against Anti Semitism and acts of hate against anyone.

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