Statement on the Election

 

November 10, 2016

In the wake of Tuesday’s election, Open Hillel is grappling with what the election will mean for our country, our communities, and for all our fellow Americans. We recognize the uncertainty and vulnerability that many within and beyond our Jewish communities are experiencing, and we stand in solidarity with all those who fear for their security and well-being.

We recommit to working towards a Jewish community, country, and world that are just, inclusive, and pluralistic. We hope that, now more than ever, Jewish communities and institutions will commit to welcoming and supporting people of all backgrounds and experiences, especially those who have been targeted by the Trump campaign. We also hope that the Jewish community will take this opportunity to reach out to other faith and cultural communities and build lasting bonds of friendship and solidarity in the face of prejudice and discrimination.

At a time of uncertainty about the freedoms of speech and press and the right to dissent, we recommit to promoting and defending open discourse. We hope that Jewish institutions will uphold these crucial values in their practices and in their public stances, especially during hard times.

As we look to one another for support and healing, we also must get back to work. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will come together to organize and to build a better future. We hope you will join us.