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.

Take one major orchestra, one big-city Jewish Federation and one top chef, put them together and get a recipe for a cultural trip to Israel that reinforces not only the longtime bond between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, but also the relationship that each has with the state of Israel.