LA Mayor Bass, Elected Officials, LAPD Chief, and Jewish Community Leaders Join at Museum of Tolerance to Condemn Recent Anti-Semitic Attacks

June 25, 2024

In response to violent physical assaults on congregants, visitors, and others in front of the Adas Torah Synagogue in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 23rd, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, Los Angeles City Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (CD-37), LAPD Police Chief Dominic Choi, and leaders of the Jewish community convened at the Museum of Tolerance to condemn the physical assaults as forms of anti-Semitism.

The Museum of Tolerance hosted closed-door meetings between Mayor Bass, LAPD Chief Choi, elected officials, and leaders of the Los Angeles Jewish community where Mayor Bass listened to concerns from community leaders and discussed potential solutions moving forward. The meetings were followed by a public press conference.

The anti-Semitic violence, was also condemned by President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom. Mayor Bass said; “Yesterday was abhorrent, and blocking access to a place of worship is absolutely unacceptable.  This violence was designed to stoke fear. It was designed to divide. But hear me loud and clear: It will fail.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda, who was personally on the scene and witnessed the events first-hand, said, “What we experienced outside Adas Torah yesterday was no mere hate crime, but domestic terrorism. It is high time that federal law enforcement start connecting the dots, wherever they may lead.”

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