Holocaust Memorial Vigil Against Antisemitism & White Supremacy


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (All day)


The New England Holocaust Memorial, 98 Union St, Boston, MA 02129, USA
On Saturday in Charlottesville, Nazis and KKK members marched openly through the streets in the largest white supremacist rally in at least a decade and drove a car into peaceful protestors, killing one woman and injuring many. On Monday in Boston, for the second time this summer, someone threw a rock into a glass pane in the Holocaust Memorial, causing it to shatter. We can't help but remember what traumatic role broken glass has played in the history of the Jewish people. It's not an accident that these things happened in the same week. We know that white supremacy relies upon and perpetuates BOTH racism and antisemitism. As Jews we stand against racism and antisemitism and for freedom and dignity for allWe invite all Jews and our allies of the Boston community to join us tomorrow in speaking out against antisemistim and racism.#JewishResistance If you are interested in speaking at this vigil, please send us an email at ifnotnowboston@gmail.com. Here is the Boston Globe article reporting Monday's damage to the Holocaust Memorial: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/08/14/holocaust-memorial-boston-damaged-for-second-time-this-summer/ujYan70j3kXzFWS3TGcZ0J/story.html IfNotNow is a movement led by young Jews to transform the American Jewish community's support for the occupation into a call for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians. https://ifnotnowmovement.org/

Pluralism Project Summary:

In response to the second attack in the summer of 2017 on the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, the Jewish social justice group IfNotNow organized a vigil. Three hundred people attended. The event and the event’s Facebook page prompted deep question of the nature of Jewish American identity and the need to stand up against all forms of injustice. The programming involved singing, in both Hebrew and English, and speeches from IfNotNow members which spoke of the dangers of anti-Semitism and white supremacy. At the end of the event, the crowd formed a line and slowly walked through the memorial together.

This summary was written by a Pluralism Project staff member who attended the event.