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Jews take to the streets of New York to extend hand of friendship

TJI Pick
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Published: 17 January 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Jew in the City founder Allison Josephs pitched a tent in East Harlem on Monday, looking to foster unity with black community and dispel myths about Orthodox Jewish community

A SMALL GROUP OF Orthodox Jews pitched a canopy tent with the banner “Meet a Jew, Make a Friend” in East Harlem on Monday, as a gesture of outreach amid the recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents in the area.

The initiative was organized by Jew in the City, a group dedicated to reversing negative attitudes about Orthodox Jews. It hopes to forge new connections in the neighborhood as a small-scale response to the recent uptick in violence.

“Because things have kind of gotten to a new level of scariness and higher tension, we decided to come out here today and really create conversation,” Jew in the City founder Allison Josephs told Haaretz, standing on the corner of 106th Street and 3rd Avenue. “We're not planning to solve world peace today, but just move the needle just a little bit.”

FULL STORY Meet a Jew': feeling like targets, these Jews are taking their case to the streets of NYC (Haaretz)

Photo: Allison Josephs standing next to her "Meet a Jew, Make a Friend" canopy tent in East Harlem, New York, January 13, 2020

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