SARASOTA, Fla. — Rosann Black looked relaxed on her back porch as she laid out her evening plans. Inside, she was stewing.
“Where there’s a rally, that’s where you’ll find me,” she said.
Black will be one of many from across faith communities expected to attend a No Hate rally Wednesday night put on by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. The event was conceived just Monday.
“Enough is enough,” said JFS CEO Howard Tevlowitz. “This is the point where you say no to hate.”
The rally comes in the wake of multiple attacks on Jews in New York and New Jersey. Tevlowitz said there are on average five anti-Semitic attacks in the United States each day. The rally in Sarasota was aimed at bringing together members of many faiths – including Christians and Muslims – from around Sarasota to stand in unison against hatred in all forms.
“When one is persecuted, we are all persecuted because we are the people of God,” said Father Fausto Stampliglia of St. Martha’s Catholic Church, just a few minutes from the downtown rally site. “If you touch any child of God, you touch every one of us.”
Sitting across the table, Deacon Pat MacCaulay of the Diocese of Venice nodded.
“All of us have a soul that was given to us by God,” he said with a ‘No Hate’ button clipped to his blazer. “We can either fill it up with love or with hate.”
That is the feeling for Jews like Black. She has watched in horror as attacks increase on fellow Jews across the nation. She said she and her friends hurt for anyone persecuted for “looking like a Jew.”
“It’s exciting that rabbis will be there,” she said of Wednesday’s rally. “The Hispanic community. The Afro-American community, too.”
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