Statement on Recent Anti-Semitic Incidents in the GTA

The Toronto Board of Rabbis notes with significant concern the growing number of public anti-Semitic incidents in Toronto as well as across Ontario, Canada, and in the United States. Recently, anti-Semitic notes were left inside a Willowdale apartment building and a bomb threat was called into the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, necessitating its evacuation.

We applaud Mayor John Tory for his strong words of support against hate and call upon the Toronto Police Service to identity these types of acts as hate crimes at the earliest possible moment, to continue acting with vigilance to protect our Jewish community, and to pursue the perpetrators of hate crime with the full force of the law. We call upon public officials from all parties to condemn the current wave of anti-Semitic incidents. We further call upon members of Toronto’s many faith and ethnic groups to publicly denounce these hateful acts and all crimes perpetrated against minorities.

Rabbi Debra Landsberg, President
Rabbi David Seed, Vice-president
Rabbi Ed Elkin, Treasurer
Rabbi Adam Cutler, Secretary
Rabbi Miriam Margles, Recording Secretary
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Immediate Past President