Local Leaders Say ‘Hate Must Stop Now’ Amid Recent Threats Toward Faith-Based Organizations (VIDEO)

Federal, state and local elected officials gathered at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington early Friday to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community with a clear message.

“We’re coming together as a community to let it be known that we will not tolerate this type of hate crimes in our community,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said.

This response comes amid the recent bomb threats made toward Jewish community centers and day schools across the county.

“Since the beginning of 2017, there have been 122 bomb threats in 36 states and two Canadian provinces against Jewish institutions,” said Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC).

Other faith based-groups and leaders were also in attendance to show support for the Jewish community.

“This sends a strong message to the haters that this will not be tolerated. They are criminals and they will be brought to justice,” said Alice Kalish of Bethesda

Leaders say they’re goal is to work with local law enforcement to enhance security across the county to support both the Jewish and Muslim communities.

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Mitti Hicks

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Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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