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.

Communities came together Sunday night across the nation and in the Delaware Valley to remember the lives lost in Pittsburgh and to send a message of love, refusing to let hatred and bigotry stand.

Coming together to mourn and also show strength and solidarity against violence and anti-Semitism, it was a show of force and security by law enforcement outside, while inside Congregation of Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden section, it was standing room only with hundreds of people from all faiths gathering to honor the 11 victims of the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.