Conference of Presidents Solidarity Statement in Honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

New York, NY

. . . "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the member organizations of the Conference of Presidents join together to honor Jewish American Heritage Month, recommitting ourselves to shared principles and values," said Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

"While facing the current crisis we also celebrate the blessings bestowed on us and the rights and privileges that we enjoy as citizens of this great country. The American Jewish community notes with pride and satisfaction the manifold contributions its members have made to this great democracy since its founding. ​This message of solidarity during these difficult times underscores the importance of our unity and is an important expression of our determination to stand together as we overcome the daunting challenges of the day. We salute as well the special relationship between the United States and Israel and their shared values, aspirations and interests that bind the peoples of both countries."​​
 

The following is the statement and the signatory organizations:

"The United States honors the important contributions that American Jews have made to this country by observing Jewish American Heritage Month each May. Since the arrival of a small group of Jewish refugees fleeing the Inquisition in 1654, we have cherished America as a land of tolerance and opportunity where we could live free of persecution. As we worked and thrived in our adopted country, our community played a key role in the story of America, achieving success in every facet of American life and contributing significantly to building and strengthening our country. We know that Jewish contributions to enhancing America will only grow in the years ahead.

This year, while we celebrate, our community faces the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 as well as the resurgence of virulent antisemitism. These diseases, one of the body and one of the spirit, threaten the quality of Jewish life in America. During times of distress in our long history, we have survived and flourished when we act in unity focused on the shared commitments that bind us together as one people: our faith, our country, and our support for Israel.

In keeping with that tradition, we commit ourselves, our organizations, and our community to working together with all of our fellow Americans, based on our shared commitment to democracy and our devotion to our country’s prosperity, to sustain each other in these troubled times as we banish bigotry from our midst. We look to the words of our first president, George Washington, who wrote, 'May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.' We pray that this day comes swiftly and pledge to work together and in coalition with other segments of the American people to assure a brighter future for our children. Together, we raise our voices and our prayers in honor of America.​"

Member Organization Signatories:
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Ameinu
American Friends of Likud
America-Israel Friendship League
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
American Sephardi Federation
American Zionist Movement
Americans for Peace Now
AMIT
Anti-Defamation League
ARZA
B’nai B’rith International
Bnai Zion
CAMERA
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Development Corporation for Israel/State of Israel Bonds
Emunah of America
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Hadassah, Women’s Zionist Organization of America
HIAS
Hillel International
JCC Association of North America
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Federations of North America
Jewish Institute for National Security of America
Jewish Labor Committee
Jewish National Fund
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish Women International
Mercaz USA, Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement
NA’AMAT USA
NCSEJ: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Young Israel
ORT America, Inc.
Rabbinical Assembly
Rabbinical Council of America
Religious Zionists of America
UJA-Federation of New York
Union for Reform Judaism
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
WIZO
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
World ORT USA
World Zionist Executive USA
Zionist Organization of America

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