It’s a coincidence that the Hate Defamation Prevention League’s annual march took place on the same weekend as the 2021 law enforcement-backed national faith organizations Faith & Blue.
However, the confluence allowed the San Diego Tiferes Israel Synagogue to combine the two and do so directly.
On Sunday, the synagogue invited San Diego police officers, around 100 synagogue members, and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria to chat and walk around with their acquaintances.
The rally was a bit unusual. The ADL Walk Against Hate nationwide fundraiser typically involves 100,000 people nationwide and over 3,000 in San Diego, but due to the pandemic it’s also almost virtualized this year. Local face-to-face events were only scheduled sporadically in some states.
So the gathering in Tiferes Israel seemed like a small step towards normalcy. Most of the pedestrians were children. Instead of the usual 5 km, the group made a few laps in a leafy parking lot of a synagogue. I needed a mask.
Combining a march against hate with faith and blue helps reinforce the message provided by each group, said Tiferes Israel Ravijosh Dosh.
âIt raises awareness, opposes hatred and creates a safe space, both emotional and safe, where people can be free to be themselves without fear of being hated. That’s all, âhe said.
Tifereth Israel stepped up civil security after the Tree of Life Synagogue was shot down in Pittsburgh in 2018. The move was bolstered by a shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in less than a year.
âIt’s hard to believe how many shots there were in the synagogue. This is a case where people were in danger in the place of worship, if not shot, âDosh said. âWe are paying for private armed guards. We have hundreds of children here every day. The price is not too high. “
Face & Blue Weekend works on the premise that law enforcement and the Face Institute are key pillars of the community and that they work together to improve the neighborhood.
Captain Julie Eparson said over the weekend that San Diego Police were meeting with religious leaders of all faiths and faiths, from Muslims to Jews and Christians.
âI want them to know that these are safe places and that law enforcement is there for them,â she said. âAll along, it’s our beating priority. It is in this area that we carry out additional patrols. We meet with the minister. We come in and make sure nothing happens. Everything is safe and has all the faith. “
Hate crimes have increased in recent years, according to Gloria. The FBI reported in August that hate crimes reached their highest level in 12 years in 2020.
âWhen the community tries to organize itself accordingly, I think it is important to show its support,â said the mayor. âAnd they go even further by working with our police to build stronger relationships and support our efforts to build better, more inclusive cities. I would like to express my gratitude and express my gratitude. “
Law enforcement and religious leaders share ideas on safer communities and oppose hate Law enforcement and religious leaders share ideas on safer communities and oppose hate