A Stand Against Hate
In response to racially divisive, violent events over the past few weeks, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF) granted $25,000 to five organizations that make a conscious difference in the community – the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Anti-Defamation League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Catholic Charities – Refugee and Resettlement Department and Cathedral of Hope. “There is something very serious and frightening going on. Anytime you can see in an American city where the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists are marching, we should be concerned,” Meyer Bodoff, President/CEO said. “People of goodwill should not sit back and ignore that. We better be prepared and come together to fight it. Unfortunately the ground that we come together is the place where the haters hate all of us. They don’t make exceptions.
At the recent press conference for the grants presentation Rusty Cooper, Chairman of the Board, opened the program. “It is with bittersweet emotions that we come together this morning. Sadness that in our country there is a rising level of hate that is spreading like a virus and many people are afraid to call it what it is. Abraham Lincoln told us that silence in the face of evil makes cowards of men. And yet the other side of the coin are the five organizations that we honor today. Organizations committed to standing up and not being silent.”
Along with representatives from each beneficiary, DJCF trustees Howard Cohen and David Eisenberg were also in attendance. Dignitaries included in the audience were Holocaust Survivor and Korean War veteran Max Glauben and his wife Freida, as well as World War II veteran Leon Rubenstein.
“It was an honor to stand with representatives of these organizations and to support their vital work,” Meyer Bodoff, President/CEO said. “We believe in the basic right of every human being to be treated with dignity and respect. Those who carry messages of hate and racism are not welcome in our community. We have learned the awful lessons of history when people of good will remain silent. That will not happen in Dallas today.”