On Rise in Antisemitism


A Message From Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership

In light of recent bigotry demonstrated against Jews both locally and throughout the world, we join members of our communities in feeling pain, anger, and fear. We experience ongoing verbal and physical violence, through social media and in-person, focused on hurting members of the Jewish people. We, members of the RJCP, state unequivocally that it is not acceptable to assault people or property because they are Jewish.

As we have said so many times, it is crucial that we continue to stand up against antisemitism and all forms of bigotry. The increase in hate crimes against Jews, and against too many others over these past few months, is intolerable, and we say, “No more!” The goal is attainable if we join forces across our diverse communities and speak out.

We urge civic, political, and local leaders to denounce acts of violence and intimidation immediately and to intensify efforts to combat this surge in antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.

We likewise, invite community members to:

  • Report – Anyone who observes any suspicious behavior is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately at 888-NYC-SAFE or call 911.
  • Be Comforted – Talk to someone. We and our fellow clergy members and local mental health professionals are here for you, to listen and comfort you in any way we can.
  • Learn – Join others in the community for our Bystander Intervention Training (riverdaley.org/bystander) Tuesday, June 1 at 7 pm. With the support of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, we will present a series of de-escalation strategies that bystanders can employ.
  • Join – During the Day of Action Against Antisemitism (Thursday, May 27 at 4 pm), we will provide the tools to amplify your voice with thousands more to demand action and gather virtually.

We will continue to work closely with elected officials and law enforcement to stand together and act against acts of violence and hate, and to help ensure safety and security for every member of our community.

Wishing us all a sense of safety and security and with the hope for more peaceful times soon,


Deann Forman, Riverdale Y
Jeffrey Moerdler, Riverdale Hatzalah
Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Yeshivat Maharat
Rabbi Aaron Frank, Kinneret Day School
Rabbi Barry Dov Katz, CSAIR-The Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale
Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, SAR Academy
Rabbi Bob Kaplan, JCRCNY
Rabbi Dina Najman, The Kehilah of Riverdale
Rabbi Dov Lerea, Congregation Beit Aharon
Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Rabbi Dovid Zirkind, Riverdale Jewish Center
Rabbi Joseph Robinson, Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership (a Riverdale Y initiative)
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Chabad of Riverdale
Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Congregation Tehillah
Rabbi Shmuel Hain, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers
Rabbi Noah Aronin, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Rabbi Steven Burton, Congregation Shaarei Shalom
Rabbi Thomas Gardner, Riverdale Temple
Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, SAR High School
Rav Steven Exler, HIR – The Bayit
Sandy Kahn, The Riverdale Minyan