Last week, I shared my concerns about anti-Semitism in America on this blog.
Over the weekend, over 100 gravestones were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in Pennsylvania.
Yesterday our local JCC was one of many that received a bomb threat. My family was personally affected by this evacuation. Friends and colleagues from across this country reached out to me when they heard the news. Their phone calls, emails, text messages, and Voxes reminded me there are many people who do not seek to do the Jewish people harm.
Last night, I wrote four letters – thanking various people for their efforts to keep evacuees calm and safe during the two hours everyone vacated the building.
Today I will return to my JCC to exercise. Sure, I could go elsewhere for a mommy-and-me barre class. However, I choose to take it at my local JCC.
And as soon as my shoulder feels strong enough for swimming, I will frequent the lap pool at my local JCC again.
I lived in Manhattan on September 11th. Initially, I was afraid. No one knew where the next attack would come from. However, as New Yorkers, we went about our daily lives by riding the Subway, eating at restaurants, and — once air space reopened — flying on planes. If there’s one thing I learned from those fall days in 2001, it’s that you have to keep living your life or you allow terrorists to win.
I am appalled by the continued bomb threats whose goal is to instill fear in America’s Jews and the many non-Jews who use Jewish Community Centers. I am disheartened by the lack of response from many in positions of power. I am dismayed this story — this fifth wave of bomb threats in two months — isn’t the leading news story on every major television network. But let me be clear, I won’t be afraid.