When a synagogue is tagged with graffiti or worse, or when a person is assaulted because he or she is perceived to be Jewish, the shock and trauma is felt deeply and widely. The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation staff, with decades of expertise in hate crime, will strive to support victims. When possible, we will contact the victims and work to connect them with appropriate community resources. We will also share strategies to make future hate crimes less likely. The Foundation will also, from time to time, offer small and immediate grants for such things as food for community meetings (either with congregants and/or with other clergy and community leaders in the hours and days after the crime, to plan out responses and to help heal) or immediate security needs.
When the Jewish and human rights communities in Montana were threatened by neo-Nazis in late 2016 and early 2017 we issued a nationwide call for a “Project Lemonade” response, designed to make the hate group think twice, and to support the targeted groups.
When an incident of bigotry occurs on a college campus, we can help too. A primer for action, written years ago by Ken Stern and used to train over 200 college and university presidents, is available here: BigotryOnCampus.
We have also spoken out about presidential actions against immigrants and refugees that we believe will increase the risk of hate crimes and acts of terrorism.