Long Island Jewish community meets to discuss how to combat antisemitism
Members of the Long Island Jewish community gathered Wednesday in Syosset to discuss a new report on how to combat antisemitism.
Rabbis and community members from at least eight synagogues, temples and Jewish Centers in Nassau County reviewed the findings of the report State of Antisemitism in America.
They are looking at why symbols of hate like swastikas have been showing up in many communities recently and how they can educate people to prevent such incidents.
As News 12 has reported, there have been symbols of hate found in places such as Copiague, Port Washington and Plainview.
Jewish leaders say they have seen a rise in the last two years.
"Wow, I thought I didn't live here - We always think they can't touch us, but it's here and so it's a real wakeup call that it's everywhere, it's alive and well in America and we need to fight this," says Jaimee Shalhevet, of North Shore Synagogue. "And we can only fight it by discussing it, bringing it to the surface and then working together to do something about it."
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a new law combating hate and prohibiting schools, police departments and fire departments from selling or displaying symbols of hate.