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Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — The Executive Board of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus released the following statement after press reports of antisemitic vandalism at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“We are pained by recent reports of antisemitic vandalism at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids. Coming on the heels of the antisemitic vandalism at Temple Jacob in Hancock and the flying of the Nazi flag in Battle Creek, we are severely disturbed by the rise of antisemitic incidents across the State of Michigan.

“As a statewide organization, we are committed to standing up for Jewish communities throughout Michigan, and communicating their concerns with our state’s elected officials. While antisemitism is not a partisan issue, we remain outraged that the President of the United States continues to embolden prejudice, hatred, and ethnic intimidation with his indecent and intolerant rhetoric.

“As always, we will continue to work with our partners in the Jewish community and the Democratic Party to further the interests and needs of Jews across Michigan, including those in Kent County and the greater West Michigan region. We stand in solidarity with Grand Rapids’ Jewish community at this difficult moment, and are prepared to assist the congregation of Temple Emanuel however we can.”

Cary Fleischer, Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus Grand Rapids Chair and member of Temple Emanuel, added, “it is high time that all of us, as Americans, come together and speak out against these acts of hate, which afflict so many of our communities. We must work together to bring kindness and respect for our differences back to our country.”


CONTACT: Noah Arbit, Chair

(248) 325-8560


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