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Open to the community, all those who condemn hate are welcome to attend the program, which will feature remarks from presenting organizations and uplifting songs.

Stand Up to Antisemitism, a community-wide solidarity rally, will take place from noon – 1 p.m. Sunday, June 6, In West Bloomfield at the west side of Orchard Lake Road and north of Northwestern Highway. Parking will be available in the lot between J. Alexander’s and Kohl’s.

Hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee (JCRC/AJC), ZOA Michigan, ADL Michigan, Hadassah and NCJW/MI, Stand Up to Antisemitism is aimed at bringing attention to the spike in antisemitism. Open to the community, all those who condemn hate are welcome to attend the program, which will feature remarks from presenting organizations and uplifting songs.

Per the 2019 FBI Hate Crime Statistics report, Jews and Jewish institutions were the overwhelming target of religious-based hate crimes, with the American Jewish community being victim to 60 percent of the attacks. This number is likely higher as many municipalities do not report their numbers to the FBI and cases are underreported.

Incidents have become even worse since the recent conflict in Israel and Gaza. In New York City, Jews have been assaulted, threatened and harassed; synagogues in Florida, Illinois and Arizona have been targeted; attacks have been caught on video in Los Angeles; and insults are being hurled at Jews throughout the country. Some individuals have even begun refraining from wearing Jewish symbols publicly out of fear.

All attendees are encouraged to come prepared for the hot weather.

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