The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and its Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) strongly condemn the virulently antisemitic flyers distributed again recently in neighborhoods around Richmond. These flyers, distributed by a white supremacist group, perpetuate long-held falsities and stereotypes about the Jewish Community.
Law enforcement is aware of the issue and is actively investigating the incidents. We are grateful to law enforcement for their swift response and the seriousness with which they are approaching the investigation.
The distribution of anti-Jewish hate materials fits a pattern of white supremacist groups that routinely seek — both locally and in communities throughout the country — to capitalize on antisemitic incidents to further their detestable cause. This follows ongoing attempts and attacks aimed at intimidating our community. They will not be successful or accepted.
Our Regional Security Advisor regularly communicates with local law enforcement and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America. There are no additional threats to the local Jewish community at this time.
The Federation and its JCRC strongly denounce antisemitism in all forms and reject all manifestations of hatred, intolerance, and bigotry. The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Security initiative is consistently in contact with local law enforcement regarding the safety and security of the Jewish community and our institutions. At this time, we are unaware of any threats to the Jewish community in Central Virginia.
Community Security is a partnership and requires your involvement and action by participating in free training programs, awareness, and raising your voice when you see something concerning. Report incidents of Antisemitism and register for training by visiting JewishRichmond.org/security.
Daniel Staffenberg, CEO, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
Amy Nisenson, President, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
Amy Melnick-Scharf, Chair, Jewish Community Relations Committee