Government Joins Others in Celebrating Chanukah and Promoting Anti-Semitism Initiative | Connecticut News

WOODBRIDGE, CT (WFSB) – Governor Ned Lamont joined Jewish leaders across the state on Monday morning in highlighting a campaign to end anti-Semitism.

Lamont visited the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven to promote the organization’s Shine a Light initiative.

The initiative is a campaign to eradicate anti-Semitism and hatred.

Jewish leaders say recent FBI statistics show that 57% of all religious hate crimes have been targeted against the Jewish community.

“The students don’t want to wear a sweatshirt with Hillel and a Jewish star because they don’t want to be identified, not that they’re not proud, they’re scared,” said David Warren of the Jewish Federation. of Greater Hartford.

During the Festival of Lights, the aim is to highlight anti-Semitism and hatred.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks the incidents, they have seen an increase in online attacks and even Zoom bombings in which someone hacks into a virtual meeting and starts using anti-Semitic slurs.

They also noticed incidents on college campuses.

This spring, a UConn student was arrested after police said he spray painted a swastika on a building directly across from the Hillel campus.

This fall, Yale police said a number of young adults broke into a campus building twice, spray painting anti-Semitic and racist graffiti.

In Connecticut, as incidents declined in 2020, the ADL said there was a slight increase this year as students are back in class, where they see most of their complaints.

Thus, this initiative will revolve around education, partnership and advocacy, speaking out to show that bigotry and hatred will not be tolerated.

“At times like these, the right people are called to stand up, speak out and be the light we hope to see in our world,” said Judy Alperin, of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

This includes the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Urban League and the NAACP, which is partnering with Jewish federations in this initiative.

“Racism, hatred, injustice and anti-Semitism everywhere are a threat to peace, love, equality and justice everywhere,” said Dori Dumas, of the Greater New Haven NAACP.

That’s why they’re all working together to end it.

“The measure of a community is not whether hate crimes or incidents of bias are occurring. The measure of the community is how it reacts, ”said Warren.

Next Monday, on the last night of Chanukah, Shine a Light will host a special virtual event.

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