Antisemitism and Hate

Here is information and contacts if you or someone you know has experienced antisemitism or hate.

Note: All criminal hate activity should be reported to law enforcement; If you or someone you know has been harmed or threatened, or if this an emergency, please call 911.

 

What is Antisemitic Activity? These are not exhaustive or exclusive.

Antisemitic activity includes overt acts or expressions of anti-Jewish bigotry and hostility. Activity includes:

  • Speech– written or verbal communication by groups or individuals, including public, elected, or religious figures. This includes publicly or privately directed letters, phone conversations, articles, speeches, e-mail, or other Internet communication.
  • Vandalism– damage or other criminal activity against public or private property.
  • Harassment, Threats, and Assaults- directed at individuals or institutions
  • Discrimination –denial of employment, education, services, housing, or organizational membership
  • Hate Group Activity– Rallies, recruitment, or other activities organized or sponsored by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan or other white supremacist groups

 

Where do I report Antisemitic activity or other acts of hate?

No one should be mistreated because of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. If you or your child have experienced or witnessed an incident of bias, hatred, or bigotry:

  1. Notify the school or business where the event took place-try to give as much detail as possible regarding the incident. If graffiti or vandalism was involved, try to take pictures.
  2. Notify Buffalo Jewish Federation Security Coordinator Susan DeMari, sdemari@buffalojewishfederation.org. Susan has relationships with all level of law enforcement in Buffalo and Erie County and is dedicated to supporting the security needs of the Jewish community.

 

Where can I find local advocates and assistance?

When hate strikes, it is easy to feel isolated. Please know that there are organizations here in Buffalo prepared to support and assist you.

  1. Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council is equipped to advocate on your behalf and provide helpful resources as needed for schools and businesses.
    Contact Mara Koven-Gelman: mara@buffalojewishfederation.org
  2. Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo has a wide range of school and community education programs including teacher training workshops, in-school visits and presentations.
    Contact Elizabeth Schram: elizabeth@hrcbuffalo.org.
  3. Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County is here to help you or a loved one work through the trauma and help you cope with the experience of antisemitism.  No one should have to heal alone.
    Contact Matthew Stewart: mstweart@jfsbuffalo.org.