A STATEMENT FROM THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND ITS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE, JEWISH CONGREGATIONS AND OTHER LOCAL JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS
On October 28 two communities near to Nashville, our neighbors in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, will be the sites of rallies planned by several white supremacist hate groups. These groups promote a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant agenda. Their sole purpose is to incite hatred targeted at African Americans, Jews, immigrants, refugees and other minority faith, racial and ethnic groups.
The Jewish Federation and its Community Relations Committee along with Nashville’s local congregations and other local Jewish organizations condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the despicable messages and activities of these hate-filled groups which seek to undermine the strength, vitality and cohesiveness of our diverse communities in Middle Tennessee.
We call upon all people of good will to reject the pernicious messages of white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and other forms of religious, racial and ethnic bigotry that will be on open and full display in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro on October 28. While their utterances are protected free speech it still remains our right and obligation to condemn and reject such speech in the strongest manner possible. At the same time, we call for restraint from potential counter protestors who, in their passion to reject the messages of hate speech, could find themselves in violent confrontation that only serves the purposes of the hate groups and provides them with the attention they seek but do not deserve.
Therefore, we reach out and appeal to our valued partners in other ethnic and religious communities to join us in forcefully condemning the planned events of the white supremacist hate groups in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro. We urge individuals, families and friends to join together in prayer and fellowship in churches, synagogues and mosques to communicate our common message—that together we will combat all forms of bigotry and hatred. We stand united in rejecting the assault of hate that stains our communities. By showing respect for all and ensuring our ability to continue to live in peace with the dignity that we are all entitled to enjoy we will not allow purveyors of hatred to disrupt the sacred bonds of community harmony.
Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation
Congregation Beit Tefilah Chabad
Congregation Sherith Israel
The Temple-Congregation Ohabai Sholom
West End Synagogue
Nashville Jewish Social Justice Roundtable
National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section
Nashville Chapter of Hadassah
Gordon Jewish Community Center
Jewish Family Service