Dianne Lob, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:
“Today’s roundtable with the American Jewish community reaffirmed the commitment of the Biden administration to take necessary and immediate steps to combat antisemitism in all its manifestations. We thank Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, senior domestic policy advisor Ambassador Susan Rice, senior director of public engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, for their work to shine a light on antisemitism and to defend our community from existential threats.
“We welcome the administration’s efforts to fight antisemitism and are encouraged by their commitment to improve coordination between government agencies and to expand educational programs on antisemitism.
“‘As President Biden has said before and many others reiterated today: an attack on one group of us is literally an attack on all of us,’ said Dianne Lob, Chair of the Conference of Presidents. ‘This gathering was an important step and we will continue to push the White House and federal government to fight the scourge of antisemitism on all fronts.’
“‘Jewish hate has reached a level previously unimaginable in the United States,’ said William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents, who attended the roundtable. ‘In light of recent events, it was critically important for all of us today to demonstrate the consensus that exists across the entire spectrum of the Jewish community on the dire need to combat antisemitism. We will remain united, for the explicit purpose of stopping violence and saving lives.’
“We are also deeply grateful for support on these issues in Congress, particularly from co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, Senators Jacky Rosen and James Lankford and Representatives Kathy Manning and Chris Smith, who listened to the needs of our community and spearheaded a letter – signed by 122 members of the Senate and House – urging President Biden to develop a unified, national strategy to monitor and combat antisemitism, with the goal of advancing a whole-of-government approach.”