On October 17th, 2023 JIMENA and a group of 19 Jewish communal organizations representing the Jewish interests throughout the State of California, sent this letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to issue an Executive Order adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. JIMENA has been an outspoken advocate of the IHRA definition for many years. Over the last week, given the horrific attacks against Israel and the Jewish people, our support took on ever greater importance and we accelerated our efforts. We also reached out to Jewish agencies throughout California to co-sign and we are proud to be joined by 18 other signatories.
JIMENA along with our co-signers believe strongly that California must adopt a definition of antisemitism in order to properly counter it. In California’s education system, on college campuses, and amid other public displays and violent acts, antisemitism is increasing at a rapid rate. We know, unfortunately, that it will continue to increase as the war continues and it is imperative that our state define antisemitism in order to help our public agencies identify and understand what it is.
Our letter notes, “Now, more than ever before, we firmly believe that the non-legally binding IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism is an invaluable tool in comprehending and combating antisemitism, in all its manifestations. It is a framework that can be employed in complete alignment with the fundamental rights of every individual in our state.”
We appreciate Governor Newsom’s support and leadership at this critical moment. Please see full letter below or by clicking here.