Kentucky Jewish Council Publishes Report Detailing Record-High 32 Antisemitic Incidents in State in 2022

A police officer is seen standing outside the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

January 10, 2023

The Kentucky Jewish Council (KJC) published its first-ever report on antisemitism last week, highlighting a rising number of Jew-hatred incidents in the state in 2022.

The report — which can be read in full here — details a record-high 32 antisemitic incidents that took place in Kentucky last year.

“We have seen a horrifying rise in Jew-hatred, both across the country and right here in Kentucky,” Rabbi Shlomo Litvin — KJC Chairman — said. “From the shocking attempted murder of a Jewish candidate for office to repeated issues in the political spectrum, Kentucky has made far too many headlines for the wrong reasons this year.”

Justin Sadle, representing the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, commented, “Seeing it really out in the open and in high-profile cases was especially concerning over the last year. These types of hatred just seek to divide us and the best way to combat that is just standing together.”

The Kentucky General Assembly adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism in February 2021, via legislation signed by Governor Andy Beshear.