Antisemitism and Hate Crimes

As antisemitic incidents increase, the Union for Reform Judaism and Religious Action Center continue to work for the safety and security of our communities. We have joined with the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s leading anti-hate organization, in the creation of a multi-faceted partnership.

-Download “Responding to Antisemitic Incidents: A Resource for URJ Communities," a toolkit for both congregations and individuals to effectively respond to acts of antisemitism and hate in their communities.

-Read Rabbi Josh Weinberg's "How to Respond to Antisemitic or Anti-Israel Posts Online" published October 2023. We have seen several deeply troubling posts on social media that are antisemitic, anti-Israel, and/or contain misinformation or disinformation. While this is not a complete guide, we hope it will help guide you in responding.

-Report incidents of antisemitism, extremism, bias, bigotry or hate. Incidents reported through this form will be reviewed by the URJ and ADL, and both organizations may follow up when appropriate to provide assistance.

-Explore Prayers for Strength and Healing.

-Learn if your state requires Holocaust and genocide education. Research suggests a direct relationship between deficiencies in Holocaust education and heightened prejudicial, antisemitic beliefs.

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Why Should Jews Care?

In the Holiness Code, in Leviticus, we are commanded both that "You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart. Reprove your kinsman but incur no guilt because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself" (Leviticus 19:17-18) and that "You may not stand idly by when your neighbor's blood is being shed." (Leviticus 19:16)

We are also taught, in the very beginning of the Torah, that "God created man in God's own image, in the image of God (b'tzelem Elohimb'tzelem Elohimבְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִיםLiterally "in the image of God;" the concept—from Genesis 1:27: “God created humankind in God’s image”—that because all humanity is created in the image of God, each person is equally valued.  ) God created him; male and female God created them" (Genesis 1:27). Judaism consistently teaches the importance of tolerance and the acceptance of others, even those different from ourselves. Even more than simply preaching tolerance, we must actively work to improve, open, and make safer our communities.


Pray Safe Act

Across the United States, houses of worship and other religious institutions face an alarming level of violence. Religious institutions must be able to access the necessary resources to ensure their institutions remain safe and welcoming to all. Urge your members of Congress to support the bipartisan Pray Safe Act to establish a federal clearinghouse through which faith-based organizations and houses of worship can access safety resources.

Countering Antisemitism Act

Addressing the growing threat of antisemitism is imperative and requires immediate, direct action. Tell your representatives to support the bipartisan Countering Antisemitism Act to strengthen federal efforts to counter antisemitism in the United States, including by establishing the position of a National Coordinator to Counter Antisemitism to chair an interagency task force.

Mandatory Hate Crime Reporting

Every data point is an individual harmed and a community impacted, and accurate hate crime data is vital to meet the crisis of hate in the United States. Congress must mandate reporting to support affected communities and prevent future hate crimes, including antisemitism. Tell your representatives to support the bipartisan Improving Reporting to Prevent Hate Act!

Related Issues

Stop Hate

Hate Crimes

While hate crime laws cannot eliminate bigotry, legislation serves as a deterrent to those individuals who choose to act on their hatred by imposing stricter penalties against the perpetrators of these crimes.


Modern Day Issues in Antisemitism

Antisemitism is on the rise in North America and around the world, showcased in the annual ADL’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Acts. Violent attacks on Jewish institutions and Jews are also increasing.


Standing With our Muslim Family

Bias and violence against the Muslim community is a growing, insidious issue in the United States. The number of assaults against Muslims in 2016 surpassed the modern peak reached in 2001, following the September 11th terrorist attacks, and incidents of anti-Muslim intimidation continue to rise, as well.

What's New

2022 Hate Crimes Data: One Snapshot of a Larger Picture

The FBI recently released 2022 Hate Crime statistics for the nation. Hate crime is defined as a committed criminal offense which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's biases against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.

Related Press Releases

Reform Movement Leaders React to Launch of U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism

The White House's new national strategy to combat antisemitism is a strong and innovative approach in the battle against rising hate in America. We commend President Biden and the Administration for their thorough, all-encompassing whole-of-government effort to produce a strategy that is inclusive and recognizes the diversity and plurality of our Jewish communities and the threats they face online, in their day-to-day lives, and their communal life.

Reform Judaism's Resolutions on Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes

Learn more about the position of the Reform Movement on these key issues, and read the formal resolutions by URJ and CCAR.

View URJ Resolutions View Resolutions From Our Partners

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For Your Congregation

Responding to Antisemitic Incidents: A New Resource for URJ Communities

Amid an alarming rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence, the Union for Reform Judaism has joined with the Anti-Defamation League, the world’s leading anti-hate organization, to develop “Responding to Antisemitic Incidents: A New Resource for URJ Communities,” a toolkit to assist congregational leaders in preparing for and responding to incidents of hate and antisemitism.

Please read these two memos on congregational security to enhance your synagogue’s security measures:

The Movement Advancement Project provides a comprehensive overview of hate crime laws and examines the need for approaches that support, rather than criminalize, communities targeted by hatred. Review the report to learn more about your state's hate crime laws.