Numerous gatherings have been held in the past two months focused on standing against antisemitism and support for Israel. Many Richmonders have supported these local and national events.
On June 27, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond held a Stand Against Antisemitism special event at Congregation Beth Ahabah. Earlier in June, a Richmond group, Richmond Loves Israel, held a pro-Israel rally at Monroe Park .
An estimated 2,000 people turned out on Sunday, July 11, for a rally against antisemitism on the National Mall next to the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, said, “We are bolstered by the presence of our Jewish brothers and sisters from across America. And we are strengthened by the support of our interfaith allies and friends,” he said. “We value this unity, because even our nation’s capital has not been immune to the rising tide of antisemitism.
In a show of unity, Joshua Washington, executive director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel, and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, son of Richmond’s Rabbi Creditor who is the UJA Federation of New York scholar in residence, appeared on stage together and led the crowd in singing, “Kol Ha’Olam Kulo Gesher Tzar Meod.”
Photos from these three events are featured in this special section.