Dear congregants and friends,
What’s happened since the start of the year in the Jewish community is unprecedented. Over the last 7 weeks, more than
100 JCCs and Jewish day schools have received phoned-in bomb threats, including our JCC Greater Boston. This type of hate and
intimidation cannot be ignored; it must be used to galvanize support across the community for JCCs and other vital organizations.
Hate against any one group is hate against all.
By demonstrating our solidarity with JCCs everywhere, we show those who wish to frighten and divide us that, instead, we will
bravely come together like rarely seen before. Show up, sign up, make your presence known.
Here are the best ways to show your support, and make your voice heard:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA. Support the JCC on social media by using the #IStandWithTheJCC hashtag with supportive posts across channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Threats against JCCs are threats against the entire community. #IStandWithTheJCC
We stand beside JCC Greater Boston. Antisemitism and hate have no place in our community. #IStandWithTheJCC
There is no room for hate in our community. #IStandWithTheJCC
2. CALL YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE. Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position. To find the phone number of your local congressman/congresswoman, please click here.
You may follow this suggested script for the call to your U.S. Representative.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY or TOWN in Massachusetts]. If you receive a voice mail, be sure to leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
I’m calling to urge the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney General, and the Director of the FBI to take swift action to address the bomb threats that have been telephoned into Jewish Community Centers across the nation and the rise of anti-Semitic incidents in the last two months. JCC Greater Boston serves not just the Jewish community, but the entire community. Participants from all different backgrounds come to the JCC for activities, Jewish cultural and religious programming, and opportunities to come together as a community.
Let's stand together!