To the Editor:

Unfortunately we are once again saddened, angered, and bewildered by an antisemitic incident that unfolded in our own community.

Our faith traditions call us to speak out against these hurtful incidents that enflame the basest instincts of humankind. Comments made by the executive director of Madison’s Chamber of Commerce on the Facebook page of a candidate for state senate were absolutely unacceptable.

We join with those from the community and surrounding areas to speak out against this behavior. The executive director claims that her words were not intended to be antisemitic. This may be true. But it is also true that they were antisemitic and we call on her to examine her behavior and not only apologize that her remarks were construed as antisemitic, but that she demonstrate an understanding that her words were indeed antisemitic.

We stand with Christine Cohen, not as partisan support, but as humanity dictates. Senator Cohen’s family owns Cohen’s Bagels and has been the victim of antisemitism on more than one occasion, not because of her faith or ethnicity, but because of her company’s name and what they sell. We invite all people of goodwill to raise your voices and speak out against racism, antisemitism and all forms of injustice when you see them. We could do no less.

Together in the journey for equity,

Rabbi Stacy Offner, Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison

The Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham, First Congregational Church UCC, Guilford

Connecticut Media Group