The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

The Jewish High Holy Days are upon us. Across the Greater Philadelphia region, Jewish communities are preparing for the start of the New Year, ready to engage in the process of moral self-assessment, seeking forgiveness from others for harms we’ve done, making amends as appropriate and resolving to do better in the future.

As President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, each year I take this sacred season to consider the role my organization plays in the day-to-day lives of Jews in our region, and the season itself provides the answers. On Rosh Hashanah, we dip apples in honey to celebrate the New Year. On Yom Kippur, many of us break the fast with the traditional spread of bagels and lox. Food is inextricably linked to life.