From the President–August 23, 2019

Someday there will be something joyous and wonderful to write about – but this is not that day.
We talk here often about the tragedies and terrors affecting our nation. Shootings, and the destruction of families seem to be common themes. Until last year, it may have been possible to rationalize inaction by saying “it’s not us they are after.” We know better now.
The saddest part is that things aren’t getting better. Things seem to be getting worse. Just last week this story appeared about a young man, a young white man who was arrested in Ohio for making threats online: “A video allegedly posted by the 20-year-old New Middletown resident on July 11 on Instagram, shows him firing multiple rounds, which is legal. The caption under the post led to his arrest. It said, ‘Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as white nationalist Seamus O’Reardon.’” He was bragging about what he would be remembered for.“  New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’egidio said, “He was implying that he was going to be identified as the shooter of the Jewish Center. That kicked off a very intensive investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation.” . Thank G-d he was arrested, and a huge thank you to the New Middleton Police.
Closer to home, in June a young Concord man, a young white man (notice a pattern here?) was arrested but then released after posting bail, for posting online that “he wanted to imitate the Poway synagogue shooter “except with a Nazi uniform on” and tally “a body count of at least 30.”
This is not a coincidence. Jonathan Greenblat of the Anti-Defamation League told the L.A. Times that “In 2017, anti-Semitic incidents jumped 57% over the previous year. Hate crimes against Jews grew by 37% in the same period, according to a separate FBI analysis.” What happened at the beginning of 2017?
And then today Trump said “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
If you aren’t involved in changing the political climate that allows, no ENCOURAGES this type of behavior (“There were some very fine people on both sides”), there is only one question. Why not? This used to be about morality. Now it is becoming about survival.
We are what we do.
– Neil Zarchin