As details of the brutal antisemitic stabbing attack in Monsey, New York unfolded last Saturday, the World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps took symbolic action to share the strong reactions felt by the Jewish community and allies worldwide, expressing shock, outrage, grief, and anger at yet another violent attack on Jews.
Implementing an immediate, visible act to show unity and resolve, Jewish Diplomats all around the world lit Hanukkah candles on the eighth night of the holiday both privately in their homes and publicly across social media feeds, choosing to #SpreadLight proudly and broadly, rather than to hide in the shadows.
The Jewish Diplomats are an elite cadre of 300 young Jewish professionals from more than 50 countries, who work with the WJC under the leadership of President Ronald S. Lauder on a volunteer basis to enhance its diplomatic efforts and outreach.
As I light #Hanukkah candles tonight, thoughts are with the New York Jewish community after a spate of antisemitic violence & with Jews in London after racist daubings right here in Camden. As part of @WorldJewishCong Jewish Diplomatic Corps, I say: Reject darkness, #SpreadLight pic.twitter.com/8twHe9b1An— Philip Rosenberg (@PhilR_R) December 29, 2019
#SpreadLight Al encender las velas de Janucá hoy, mis pensamientos están con la comunidad judía de Nueva York, donde judíos han sufrido una serie de ataques físicos durante esta festividad. Jewish Diplomatic Corps @WorldJewishCong pic.twitter.com/SI1bt3w1UV— Vivianne Tesone (@VivianneTM) December 30, 2019
#SpreadLight: As all 8 #Hanukkah candles were lit tonight by Jews worldwide, may the light also today overcome darkness. As member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the @WorldJewishCong, my thoughts are with the Jewish community of #NewYork following the attacks against Jews pic.twitter.com/nIDZQHOcZs— Reuven Rennert (@reuven_rennert) December 29, 2019
#SpreadLight— (((Adam Hummel))) (@HummelAdam) December 30, 2019
As I light the Hanukkah candles tonight, my thoughts are with the Jewish community of New York following a string of recent attacks against Jews. I stand with the entire Jewish community of the US and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.@WorldJewishCong pic.twitter.com/to7l4a6xiB