Op-Ed in The Jewish Week Thanking Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer for his Response to Anti-Semitism & Covid-19

January 14, 2021

Anti-Semitism and Covid-19 Demanded a Strong Government Response. We New Yorkers Got One.

Confronted with the challenges of our lifetime, we owe Chuck Schumer our gratitude.

By Michael S. Miller and Eric S. Goldstein

January 14, 2021

Leading a march against anti-Semitism across the Brooklyn Bridge are, from left to right, front row, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Jan. 5, 2020. JCRC CEO Michael Miller is second from left; UJA-Federation CEO Eric Goldstein is seen between Schumer and Cuomo. (Jake Asner/UJA Federation of New York)

It was a year ago. The Jewish community had barely passed the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Tree of Life Massacre, and suddenly we were again reeling after brazen and deadly anti-Semitic attacks in Poway, California; Monsey, New York; and Jersey City, New Jersey. Further inflaming fear and sowing hate were a series of violent anti-Semitic attacks against Orthodox Jews across the New York region.

Against this backdrop, on Dec. 30, 2019, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer invited us, along with other nonprofit leaders, to his office to present a bold idea. In the face of significantly escalating threats, Senator Schumer announced that he would be leading an effort to dramatically increase U.S. government funding of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) so that Jewish and other faith-based institutions across the country would be able to better access critical resources to protect our communities.

Sen. Schumer went to work. While moving this effort through the legislative process, he took his voice to the streets to publicly denounce anti-Semitism. Speaking at the historic “No Hate. No Fear” march and rally we organized on Jan. 5, 2020, which brought together tens of thousands of New Yorkers, he proclaimed, “When anti-Semitism raises its ugly head … if people say there’s nothing we can do about it, then it grows. But if we fight it – then we can snuff it out.”

Despite significant budget challenges, Sen. Schumer led the charge that resulted in doubling the fiscal year 2021 NSGP budget from $90 million to $180 million. It was a critical achievement.

Last year, 186 New York nonprofits, including synagogues and day schools, were awarded government funding exceeding $17 million. With this new 2021 increase, many additional institutions will now be positioned to obtain grants that will support urgent “target hardening” measures, from security cameras to bollards that will help prevent attacks. With tens of millions of dollars available in new NSGP funding, our institutions will be safer and better equipped to help protect our community.

As Sen.Schumer was leading the fight for additional federal support, UJA-Federation and JCRC-NY created the Community Security Initiative to strengthen Jewish communal security, including by helping local institutions qualify for this newly available federal funding. Led by NYPD veteran Mitchell Silber and David Pollock, this team of top security experts has been helping hundreds of synagogues, schools, camps, and JCCs develop security plans over the last several months. The goal is to ensure that our communal organizations and spaces have adequate funding and professional support to help them provide the highest level of safety for the New York community.

The one thing, of course, none of us were able to foresee as we dealt with the surge of anti-Semitic incidents was the Covid-19 crisis. New York was hit with a speed and ferocity that has devastated so many. Along with illness, suffering, and loss came the reality that many of our treasured institutions — the historic beating heart of New York Jewish life — might not survive the economic impact of the pandemic.

While UJA and many other philanthropic sources immediately made available tens of millions of dollars in grants and loans to address the immediate challenges, avoiding imminent closures required the kind of support that only the federal government can provide. We couldn’t be more grateful that under the leadership of Sen. Schumer and the entire New York delegation, both the initial CARES Act and the just-passed Covid relief legislation provided hundreds of millions of dollars in forgivable PPP loans for our city, and in particular, for our nonprofits, including synagogues and yeshivot — forestalling a crippling economic collapse.

As we look ahead, even with the arrival of vaccines and the hope they offer, the reality is that recovery will take years. Addressing the economic, emotional and mental health toll, food insecurity, and job loss will take a level of investment unprecedented since the Great Depression.

Confronted with the challenge of our lifetime, we owe Chuck Schumer our gratitude and know that we can count on him in the trying times to come.  We thank Sen. Schumer for all he has accomplished on behalf of New York and all those in need across the nation, and we congratulate him on his new role as Senate Majority Leader. We look forward to continuing to work together on additional state and local aid, health and housing supports, hunger relief, extending PPP eligibility, and strengthening the nonprofits so vital to New York’s future.

Michael S. Miller is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Eric S. Goldstein is the CEO of UJA-Federation of New York.

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Jan 5, 2020 6:01 PM EST

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Jan 05, 5:48 PM EST

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Jan 05, 2020 11:02 PM EST

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Jan 05, 2020 10:03 AM EST

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CNN

Bari Weiss on New York march against anti-Semitism

 ABC News

10,000 march across Brooklyn Bridge to protest spike in anti-Semitic attacks

Fox News

Religious, political leaders join thousands in solidarity march against anti-Semitism after string of attacks

CBS News
Thousands march across Brooklyn Bridge in support of Jewish community

NPR

Thousands March In N.Y. After Anti-Semitic Attacks

NPR

Thousands Of Marchers Show Solidarity With New York’s Jewish Community

NY1

Thousands March Across Brooklyn Bridge in Support of Jewish Community

WCBS

Thousands Take Part In Jewish Solidarity March Across Brooklyn Bridge

WNBC

Thousands Take Part in NYC March to Support Jewish Community

WPIX

Thousands march across Brooklyn Bridge in support of Jewish community

CBSN New York

Thousands March Across Brooklyn Bridge For Anti-Hate Rally In Support Of Jewish Community

1010 WINS

No Hate No Fear rally in BK today… a charter bus from NYC

Associated Press

Solidarity march against anti-Semitism, acts of hate

Associated Press Images

NYC: No Hate, No Fear Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism

Canadian Jewish News

 Getty Images

Jewish Solidarity March Held In Response To Rise In Anti-Semitism

Reuters

Thousands march in New York City against anti-Semitism in wake of attacks

 WireImage

Matisyahu Performs At NYC Jewish Solidarity March

 SIPA

NY: No Hate No Fear Solidarity March

 New York Times

Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism: Thousands Rally After Attacks

Wall Street Journal

New York State Will Spend $45 Million for Protection at Religious Schools and Institutions

USA Today

March against anti-Semitism draws estimated 25,000 to New York City streets: `No Hate, No Fear’

Washington Post

Jewish solidarity march in New York draws thousands in wake of anti-Semitic attacks

New York Post

Thousands join NYC Jewish solidarity march amid spate of anti-Semitic attacks

New York Daily News

De Blasio decried ‘anti-Semitism crisis’ on eve of massive NYC solidarity march against spate of local and global hate crimes targeting Jews

New York Daily News

‘Amazing show of support and solidarity:’ 20,000march against hate following anti-Semitic attacks

New York Daily News

‘No Hate No Fear’ Solidarity March for Jewish Communities in NYC

Newsday

Thousands march across Brooklyn Bridge to protest anti-Semitic attacks in NY

amNY

Close to 20,000 march across Brooklyn Bridge against anti-Semitism

Newsweek

NEW YORKERS MARCH ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE IN RESPONSE TO STRING OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS

 The Hill

Thousands take to New York streets in solidarity after anti-Semitic attacks

 Slate

Thousands March in NY to Support Jewish Community Following Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks

Daily Beast

Thousands March Against Anti-Semitism in NYC

BKLYNER

‘An Attack Against All Jews Is an Attack Against all New Yorkers’ — Thousands March in Solidarity in NYC

Gothamist

‘We Stand As One’: Thousands March Across Brooklyn Bridge To Denounce Anti-Semitism

 Daily Mail

More than 10,000 protesters march from Manhattan to Brooklyn in display of solidarity with the Jewish community amid spate of violent anti-Semitic attacks in New York

 Times Union

Cuomo touts $45M for security at solidarity march

 North Jersey

Thousands to march across Brooklyn Bridge to protest anti-Semitic attacks

Jewish Week

25,000 People March Against Anti-Semitism In New York City

Times of Israel

New Yorkers flock to massive rally against anti-Semitism in wake of attacks

Times of Israel

In wake of anti-Semitic attacks, Jewish groups to hold solidarity march in NY

 Forward

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, a crowd sings, argues and protests anti-Semitism

Forward

Photos from New York’s “No Fear, No Hate”

Jewish Press

Warning: AOC Will Vilify Trump at Mainstream Jewish Rally Against Anti-Semitism

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Hundreds gather in Jerusalem for solidarity rally with New York’s march against anti-Semitism

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

25,000 march against anti-Semitism in New York City

The Jerusalem Post

Hamodia

Address by Chaskel Bennett at the No Hate-No Fear Rally

Hamodia

Thousands March in Solidarity Following Anti-Semitic Attacks

JNS

25,000 people march against hate and fear in New York, saying ‘you’ve got to speak up’

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 Jewish Insider

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to stand up against antisemitism, hate and fear

Jewish Insider

The full text of Bari Weiss’s address to the “No Hate, No Fear” march

The Jewish Voice

25K Join NYC Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism; Marchers Cross Bklyn Bridge

 Cleveland Jewish News

New Yorkers greet Clevelanders with warm welcome at ‘No Hate. No Fear.’ march

 Black Christian News

More Than 10,000 Protesters March From Manhattan to Brooklyn in Display of Solidarity With the Jewish Community Amid Spate of Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks in New York

 World Israel News

Watch Live: Massive New York Rally Against Anti-Semitism

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Solidarity march supports NYC Jewish community against anti-Semitism, acts of hate

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 YNET

Tens of thousands march against anti-Semitism and hate in New York

Arutz Sheva

New York: Over 25,000, including officials, marched in solidarity with Jewish community

Channel 11 (KAN TV) (Hebrew)

https://www.kan.org.il/Item/?itemId=64527

Channel 13 TV (Hebrew)

https://13news.co.il/item/news/abroad/north-america/antisemitism-march-new-york-977134/

 Israel Hayom (Hebrew)

https://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/721765

Ynet (Hebrew) News Brief

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5654597,00.html

Ynet (Hebrew) Full report

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5654601,00.html

Kipa (Hebrew)

https://www.kipa.co.il/%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA/%D7%9E%D7%93%D7%99%D7%A0%D7%99/952472-%D7%A2%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%A4%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%A6%D7%A2%D7%93%D7%95-%D7%91%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%94%D7%91-%D7%A0%D7%92%D7%93-%D7%94%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%98%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA/

Jerusalem rally

Haaretz

No Hate. No Fear: Thousands March In New York and Jerusalem to End anti-Semitism

The Jerusalem Post

Hundreds rally in Jerusalem against antisemitism

The Jerusalem Post

Thousands to march in NY, Jerusalem against antisemitism on Sunday

Arutz Sheva

Hundreds rally in solidarity with ‘No Hate No Fear’ march

Kipa (Hebrew)

https://www.kipa.co.il/%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA/952443-%D7%A2%D7%A6%D7%A8%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%96%D7%93%D7%94%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%91%D7%99%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%9B%D7%A0%D7%92%D7%93-%D7%94%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%98%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%91%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%95-%D7%99%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%A7/

Channel 20 (Hebrew)

https://www.20il.co.il/%D7%A2%D7%9C-%D7%A8%D7%A7%D7%A2-%D7%94%D7%96%D7%99%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%A7-%D7%91%D7%90%D7%99%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A2%D7%99-%D7%94%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%98%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%91%D7%A2%D7%95%D7%9C/

Ynet (Hebrew)

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5654392,00.html

 

 

 

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