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 City of Philadelphia has always maintained a strong connection to the state of Israel, one that in recent years has only grown closer and more productive, in large part due to the commitment, compassion and collaboration of our local communities.

That bond grew even stronger earlier last month with the announcement of a tour — the result of a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra — that will bring the orchestra to Israel for a series of concerts in the holy land in celebration of Israel’s 70th year.