Statement on 2017 Rockland County Elections

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County is extremely concerned about the tenor and undertone of some of the statements being circulated – by candidates and their supporters – during the current election season.  With that issue in mind, the Jewish Community Relations Council, an arm of Federation, has been meeting with certain candidates.  The purpose of the meetings has been to sensitize the candidates to issues relevant to the entire Jewish community.  But more importantly, JCRC has tried to convey to the candidates that it finds the hateful, and sometimes flagrantly anti-Semitic, tone of some of the campaign materials – particularly on social media – to be reprehensible and totally unacceptable.  JCRC is actively monitoring social media, and, when offensive material is posted, we call upon the site administrator or the candidate to take down or disavow that material.

It is not the role or the intent of JCRC or Federation to endorse any particular candidate, but it is our role to fight bigotry and hatred, in all its forms, and to remind the candidates that we are listening to all rhetoric – theirs and their supporters.

About The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County

The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County leads efforts that strengthen Jewish life and meet the critical needs of the Jewish community in Rockland County, Israel, and around the world. As a member of Jewish Federations of North America, we are part of a network of 148 Jewish Federations across the continent. The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with offices at 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY. Learn more at


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