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.

As a child in the 1940s and ’50s, Maria Parisi Vickers imagined placing a lid on the mountains that hugged the town of Campagna, Italy to stop the rain.

Those mountains made the rural town, which only had one road, difficult to enter and leave and, therefore, easy to police. During World War II, just before Vickers was born, the town became the location of an internment camp holding hundreds of Jewish people.