In response to the editorial, “Women’s March’s anti-Semites” (Jan. 18, 2019), we would like to say that over the last 125 years, the National Council of Jewish Women has been working steadily to organize women across the country, culminating in a wave of women being inaugurated into state and national offices this month. It’s an exciting time for women and we at NCJW are thrilled to be a part of it. 

At the same time, there have been increasing reports of anti-Semitism at the helm of one of the giants in the women’s movement: the Women’s March.

NCJW denounces anti-Semitism and hate speech in all its forms, wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head. Although NCJW is not supporting the national event, many of our members and friends participated in the Phoenix march in solidarity with other groups we work with every day. We are stronger and more effective as a result of the local coalitions we have worked so hard to build in Arizona.

With a faith in the future and a belief in action, it is our hope that NCJW can help bring people together across race, religion, class and gender lines to speak out for the progressive values that we have long espoused. 

 

CAROL CONSALVO

NCJW Arizona State Public Affairs Chair

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