The resources on this page have been compiled by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jewish Community Relations Council.

A rise in anti-Semitic graffiti at local schools, fliers promoting white supremacy at UCF, families finding swastikas on their homes-- such unsettling incidents have no place in our society. We urge all of our Jewish community members not to be deterred from participation in Jewish life, and all of our fellow Central Floridians to join with us to combat this rise in hate.

 

We believe you will find the resources on this page helpful, and we urge you to contact us should you need any assistance or support. Together, we stand in solidarity as American Jews and as Klal Yisroel.

 


 

What can I do?

RECOGNIZE

Some hate symbols are not as obvious as the swastika. Hate symbols can be found scrawled on the outside walls of synagogues, churches and schools; tattooed on the bodies of white supremacists; or displayed on jewelry and clothing. Extremists use these symbols because it gives them a sense of power and belonging, as well as a quick way of identifying others who share their beliefs.

 

The Anti-Defamation League's Hate Symbols database is helpful in interpreting new or seemingly new signs that are anti-Semitic or tied to organizations with anti-Semitic views and missions.

 

This database provides an overview of many of the symbols most frequently used by a variety of white supremacist groups and movements, as well as some other types of hate groups. Please note that symbols depicted in the database must be evaluated in the context in which they appear. Few symbols ever represent just one idea or are used exclusively by one group. Some symbols in this database may be significant to people who are not extreme or racist.

 

REPORT

To report a hate incident at your home or in a business, contact local law enforcement immediately.

 

To report a hate incident on a school campus, contact a campus police liaison officer as well as school administrators. If the incident occurs in a classroom, notify the teacher immediately.

 

Incidents of online hate speech and harassment have also proliferated, whether through blogs, websites or social media. The Anti-Defamation League has prepared a Cyber-Safety Action Guide, through which you can access online companies' hate-speech policies and report violations.

 

The more these incidents are tracked, the more resources can be put forth to stop them. Two organizations, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are tracking hate incidents. If you are inclined, please submit your incident to them.

 

ADVOCATE

We are grateful for the support of our local members of Congress. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (7th District) was the co-author of a letter to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security urging more support for investigations of the recent waves of threats to Jewish institutions. Reps. Val Demings (10th District) and Darren Soto (9th District) were co-signers of the letter.

 

But there is much more to do:

 

  • Contact the White House and your Congressional representatives to urge them to support the convening of a federal interagency task force on fighting hate.
     
  • Contact the White House and your national and state representatives and urge them to support legislation to protect students from religious harassment and discrimination on college campuses.
     
  • Work with your neighbors to urge local leaders to actively combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in your community.