(JNS) Hundreds of people gathered this week in Manhattan for the “Shine A Light” on antisemitism event.
Speakers included New York Governor Kathy Hochul; New York Attorney General Letitia James; Gideon Taylor, CEO of The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, which organized the event in conjunction with other groups; and Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York.
“The darkest place right now is in the heart and soul of some individuals who perpetrate antisemitism and harm individuals who I represent with words, physical actions, with assaults, with messages on social media,” Hochul said, adding that she views these actions as an attack on her and all New Yorkers. “There can be no hate in our state.”
James said, “Everyone here understands that it seems hardly that a day goes by without yet another ugly incident of antisemitism targeting an individual or one of my friends within the Jewish community.”
She said that hateful messages toward Jews and Israel must be stopped.
“The only way that we are going to stamp out ignorance is with the light of education, understanding and respect,” James said.
The Ramaz Upper School Choir performed, along with professional artists.
“We come together as proud and public Jews,” Goldstein said. “New York City is the largest Jewish community in the world and particularly now in these challenging times it’s incredible for all of us to come together Jews and non-Jews in all of our wonderful diversity.”