Dear Friends,

We have all watched the news over the last two months with a heavy heart as Jewish organizations around the United States, including JCCs, received threatening phone calls. While the JCC of Louisville has not received such a threat, the safety and security of our community remains our priority. We continue to maintain strong security protocols and procedures and are working closely with local and federal law enforcement.

The recent rise in anti-Semitism, discrimination and the rhetoric of hate, including the recent acts of desecration on Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, are difficult to absorb and understand. Yet, this moment is not just a Jewish moment. This is a cultural moment, in which we are challenged to stand united against all hatred and discrimination. This is an opportunity to work for our shared values: freedom, safety and equal rights for all. This is an opportunity to continue our mission of building and sustaining a vibrant, caring and inclusive community.

As Jews and as Americans, we take inspiration from past generations. Our history has taught us to find strength under difficult circumstances. Our community will not be intimidated by hatred. We are committed to working passionately for tolerance among all people. The JCC of Louisville is a welcoming and inviting space for all. Every year thousands of people come through our doors and are enriched through the breadth of programs and services offered. We are proud of the diverse and passionate people we engage every day and are commited to providing respect and love for everyone we serve.

We stand united with our sister JCCs across this country and are committed to celebrating all that we stand for. Please join us and share this message, as we stand for the JCC of Louisville and all JCCs. #IStandWithTheJCC    

In community,

Sara Wagner
President and CEO
Jewish Community of Louisville

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