'Don't think that it's nothing.' Great Neck forum focuses on solutions to combat antisemitism

Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip said they have to send a clear message that "enough is enough."

Thema Ponton and Stephen Levine

Mar 15, 2023, 2:13 AM

Updated 401 days ago

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Neighbors and community leaders gathered in Great Neck on Tuesday to discuss ways to combat antisemitism.
Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip, one of the panelists of the forum at Young Israel of Great Neck, said they have to send a clear message that "enough is enough."
"Antisemitism is something that's unacceptable," Pilip said.
Other panelists at the event included Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Jewish rights activist Rudy Rochman.
Rochman said it's important to get society to be conditioned to understand what is right and wrong and to be able to stand with the Jewish people when it's necessary.
Pilip says with the recent rise of antisemitic incidents in New York, she hopes discussions like Tuesday's forum will help people feel more comfortable speaking up if they see or hear an act of hate.
"Don't be afraid, tell us, tell me, call me, call 911, make sure that our police department is aware of that," Pilip said. "Don't think that it's nothing."
The rabbi at Young Israel of Great Neck told those who came out that they are helping fight antisemitism by showing up and participating in the discussion for solutions.


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