Interfaith Summit at Rockland Community College

Rockland County officials and religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities met together at an interfaith summit at Rockland County Community College on Wednesday. The two-hour meeting was set up by County Executive Ed Day’s office following rising tensions between religious communities, including the release of a video by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, that compared Rockland to Nazi Germany, and expressed the fear many members of the Jewish Community face living in the county. Residents and local officials reacted strongly to the video, many coming out against it, stating that hateful speech from anyone is unacceptable. Most recently a Holocaust Memorial banner was vandalized at a local temple, and four teens were arrested for throwing eggs and cursing at Jewish residents in New Square. At a small press conference after the summit those who attended stated that the discussion was a good place to start, and they felt listened to while in the room. Day spoke toward the idea that conversations sparked at the meeting will allow communities to work together in the face of hatred and cultural rifts, stating ” When one group is attacked the other will join in to condemn those attacks.”

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