FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2023
Jake Green, [email protected]
NATIONAL — After the White House released its new National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz released the following statement:
“The White House plan to combat antisemitism is unprecedented, necessary, and bold. This ambitious plan mobilizes all departments of government to address the alarming rate of antisemitic acts and hate speech. This approach also calls on actors across society — from Congress to the tech sector to college campuses — to take action. It is a scary time to be Jewish in America and we are grateful for this incredibly comprehensive strategy and look forward to its implementation.
“We are charged in the Torah: tzedek, tzedek tirdof, justice, justice shall you pursue. Tzedek, justice, is written twice to teach that we not only must pursue justice, but that we must do so justly. In addition to the outcome, we are incredibly grateful for the process in which this plan came to light. From Second Gentleman Emhoff, Ambassador Susan Rice, Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, Shelley Greenspan, Melissa Rogers, and Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall hosting listening sessions with 1,000 diverse Jewish leaders and community members to having each government agency create their own plan so their response to antisemitism is infused into their work, this was done thoughtfully, strategically, and in the pursuit of justice.
“This act of cross-government solidarity with the Jewish people gives us a tremendous amount of hope. We look forward to partnering with the Biden-Harris administration to put this critical strategy into motion.”
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is the oldest Jewish feminist civil rights organization working for equity and justice for women, children, and families in the United States and Israel. Through the efforts of our 210,000 grassroots advocates and 50 local sections, NCJW combines education, direct service, and advocacy to affect lasting social change at the local, state, and national levels. We approach our work through the intersections of gender, economic, and racial justice to center those most impacted in a uniquely Jewish way. Learn more at NCJW.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.