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Photo courtesy of Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

From the Mayor’s Office:

“On the heels of Saturday’s anti-Semitic attack in New York, Mayor Muriel Bowser met with local religious leaders to discuss immediate and long-term solutions to combatting anti-Semitism. In addition to religious leaders, the Mayor was joined by members of her Interfaith Council and leadership from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), and the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs.

The Mayor has charged MPD with increasing their presence at synagogues as well as taking other, less visible, measures to protect DC’s Jewish community. Additionally, the Mayor has directed DC HSEMA with assisting congregations with reviewing their security plans. Both agencies will support congregations in updating their plans as necessary. Following the meeting, Mayor Bowser released the following statement:

“Today’s meeting was an important opportunity for our community to come together and make clear that we will always stand united to love and to fight anti-Semitism. By working together and supporting one another, we will continue to promote DC values of love, inclusion, and diversity. Together, we will send a clear message: In Washington, DC, we stand up for our neighbors, we denounce anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms, and we work continuously and with a sense of urgency for peace and safety on our streets, in our homes, and in our places of worship.”

Below is the full list of attendees at today’s meeting:

Rabbi Aaron Alexander, Adas Israel Congregation

Lamont Akins, Director – Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs

Rev. Thomas Bowen, Director – Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs

Assistant Chief Jeffrey Carroll, MPD

Rabbi Stephanie Crawley, Temple Micah

John Falcicchio, Chief of Staff and Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Ohev Sholom Synagogue

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Adas Israel Congregation

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation

Officer Brett Parson, MPD

Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Mayor’s Interfaith Council Chair, Howard University School of Divinity

Thorn Pozen, Jewish Community Relations Council

Dr. Darryl Roberts, Mayor’s Interfaith Council, Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

Christopher Rodriguez, Director – HSEMA

Alan Ronkin, AJC DC

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad)

Dr. Christopher Zacharias, MIC Co-Chair, John Wesley AME Zion Church”

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