This past weekend, as I was watching my favorite show, CBS Sunday Morning, singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) was discussing her 40+ years in the music industry. In addition to discussing her very successful career she talked about her newfound passion for saving the bees. She even named her latest album “Pollinator.” Immediately my thoughts went to our 2017 Annual Meeting, and our Robert A. Shapiro Award winners, The Levin & Michaels families.
As I sit hear listening to the rain, I can’t help but think of our friends in Texas. The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is mounting by the day and flooding in many areas may exceed four feet by the time the storm ends. Houston is underwater and still being inundated with rain. I’m sure we have all seen pictures over the past few days that have touched our hearts and saddened our spirit. It is during moments like this you may think “What can I do to help?”
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton condemns hate groups of every kind who begot the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12. Their message of intolerance and bigotry, must be rejected by a moral society. We respect and support free speech and the right to assemble as guaranteed in the First Amendment. Under no circumstances, however, is there justification for the anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric and actions of last Saturday. These speeches and actions echoed Nazi sentiments of the past and contradict every ideal our community cultivates.