Lauren Steinberg, Director
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien
In the wake of reports that a swastika and Star of David had been painted in feces outside the Rich Forum in Stamford, CT, the local Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) mobilized local faith, government and organizational leadership in a clear demonstration that hatred of any form is not tolerated in our community.
In the days after the news, the JCRC circulated a clear statement that serves as a reminder to Stamford and neighboring communities that it is the duty of all engaged citizens to stand up to hate together. The statement reads:
We are appalled to learn that a swastika and Star of David were found drawn outside the Rich Forum. Anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry have no place in our community.
We are grateful for and encourage the efforts of the Stamford Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation and ensure accountability.
Our community is strongest when we stand together. As leaders and residents of Stamford and surrounding communities, we stand together as neighbors and commit ourselves to working against all forms of hatred.
The JCRC will be circulating the statement throughout the community and encouraging our partners to do the same. Moreover, it is our intention that the statement serves not only as a repudiation of this week’s activity, but as a reminder of our values in the face of all forms of hatred and bigotry.
A full list of signatories is appended to the end of this release. It includes Governor Dannel Malloy; Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; Senator Richard Blumenthal; Senator Chris Murphy; Congressman Jim Himes; Mayor David Martin; State Senator Carlo Leone; State Representatives William Tong, Billie Miller, Dan Fox, Livvy Floren and Caroline Simmons; the board of the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut; Pilar Pelaez, Chair of the Mayor’s Multicultural Council; Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport; Catalina Horack, executive director of Building 1 Community; all of the Rabbis and heads of Jewish schools in Stamford; the Stamford Islamic Society; Trinity Catholic High School; and the pastors of multiple churches in Stamford.
Institutions and leaders not yet on the list can still be added by contacting Lauren Steinberg at the Jewish Community Relations Council. Individuals in the community will also have the opportunity to add their names to an online version once the statement is publicized in the community.
Noting the arrest of a suspect in the vandalism, Lauren Steinberg, JCRC director, stated, “We are relieved to hear that a suspect is in custody and are grateful to the police for their work. We also applaud the work of the Connecticut legislature for passing the strongest hate crimes legislation in the country earlier this month – legislation that clearly demonstrates that bigotry and hatred are not tolerated here.”
The JCRC is the public affairs arm of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. Its mission is to represent the interests of the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Jewish communities to public officials and agencies, the media and the community. The JCRC works by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community, building relationships, and engaging in non-partisan work focused on education, advocacy, social justice, communal security, support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism and bigotry of all forms. The JCRC is chaired by Peter Lilienthal of Stamford, CT; Lauren Steinberg serves as director.
Governor Dannel Malloy
Lt. Governer Nancy Wyman
Mayor David Martin
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Senator Chris Murphy
Congressman Jim Himes
State Senator Carlo Leone
State Senator Scott Frantz
State Representative William Tong
State Representative Patricia Billie Miller
State Representative Dan Fox
State Representative Livvy Floren
State Representative Caroline Simmons
Mayor's Multicultural Council of Stamford
The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut
Ricky Arbron, President, United Jewish Federation
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
Reverend Dr. Duane Pederson, Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church
Reverend Todd Yonkman, First Congregational Church of Stamford
Reverend Kai Greer, First Union Methodist Church
Reverend Dr. James Wheeler, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Reverend Dr. David R. Van Dyke, Pastor; Reverend Jennifer S. Davis, Associate Pastor; and
Rabbi Philip E. Schechter, Rabbi in Residence, First Presbyterian Church of Stamford
Stamford Islamic Center
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El
Rabbi Eli Kohl, Young Israel of Stamford
Rabbi Daniel Cohen, Congregation Agudath Sholom
Rabbi Moshe and Leah Shemtov, Chabad of Stamford
Rabbi Mark Golub, The Chavura
Rabbi Jay TelRav, Temple Sinai
Catalina Horack, Executive Director, Building 1 Community
Nora Anderson, Head of School, Carmel Academy
Jacqueline Herman, Head of School, BiCultural Day School
Rabbi Elisha Paul, Head of School, Jewish High School of CT
Father Joseph Gill, Spiritual Advisor, Trinity Catholic High School
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public affairs arm of the Jewish Federation. Its mission is to represent the interests of the Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Jewish communities to public officials and agencies, the media and the community. We work by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community, building relationships, and engaging in non-partisan work focused on education, advocacy, social justice, communal security, support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism.
Lauren Steinberg - Lauren@ujf.org