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ADL to open satellite office in Brooklyn to counter uptick in antisemitism

The New York City borough “has been burdened with an outsized number of hateful attacks,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Chassidic Jews in Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.
Chassidic Jews in Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90.

The Anti-Defamation League announced plans to open a satellite office in Brooklyn, N.Y., which its CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt calls one of the “epicenters for antisemitism in this country.”

Of more than 395 antisemitic incidents that the ADL documented in New York City last year, 147 occurred in Brooklyn, home to a number of large Orthodox Jewish communities easily identifiable by their dress. Neighborhoods include Crown Heights, Williamsburg, Flatbush and Borough Park.

“The Brooklyn community has been burdened with an outsized number of hateful attacks,” said Greenblatt. “The new office will be tasked to respond directly to antisemitic incidents in Brooklyn and to work directly with law enforcement and community leaders in responding to acts of hate and tend bridges of understanding and acceptance.”

A division of the New York regional office, the new office is slated to open at the end of April with a dedicated staffer.

“Brooklyn is the most Jewish place in the United States with over 600,000 Jews who call the borough home,” said Scott Richman, ADL regional director for New York and New Jersey. “We look forward to deepening our work in the Jewish community with our allies and partners to counter the rising tide of antisemitism and all forms of hate.”

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