Heads of US Cities Hit by Anti-Semitic Violence to Unite at Mayors Summit, Discuss How to Prevent Further Attacks

March 9, 2021

Recent years have seen an unprecedented spate of deadly attacks targeting American Jews. From the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and Poway Chabad shooting, to the Jersey City kosher market assault and Hanukkah party stabbing at a Monsey rabbi’s home, Jews have been brutally murdered by evil-doers motivated by the world’s oldest hatred — anti-Semitism.

On March 16th, the leaders of three of the communities stricken by this violence — Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, Ramapo (Monsey) Supervisor Michael Specht — will come together for the first time at the 2021 Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism, hosted by the city of Frankfurt am Main in partnership with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM).

They will recall their experiences in handling and overcoming these atrocities and discuss what actions other mayors can take to prevent similar outrages in the future.

“Tragically, my city of Pittsburgh has witnessed the appalling consequences of anti-Semitic hatred,” Peduto stated. “Those who lost their lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue will never be forgotten. Moreover, the very best way in which we can honor their memory is by making sure that we understand how best to tackle and defeat those who seek to intimidate and harm the Jewish communities and residents of our cities.”

The summit — to be attended by more than 40 mayors and other top officials from nearly 20 countries — will mark the launch of a new global network of municipal leaders committed to fighting religious prejudice and promoting interfaith tolerance.

Summit participants will analyze common challenges, share best practices, create channels of collaboration, and brainstorm innovative new ideas on how to turn the tide against rising hate on the streets of cities around the world.

For more information and registration, visit the summit’s website: https://mayors.combatantisemitism.org/