The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee launched the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism this week.
The purpose of the task force is to collaborate with advocates, state and local governments, federal agencies, law enforcement, clergy, educators, and other stakeholders to educate and empower communities.
The task force will work with its counterpart in the House to identify where the task forces need to take action and to develop ways to eliminate hatred in communities.
“In the United States, we’ve seen evidence that anti-Semitism and acts of hate are growing at an alarming rate,” U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), the committee’s chairwoman, said. “As Members of Congress, our responsibility to our neighbors, to our friends, to our community, and to our children is to work together in a bipartisan way to prevent anti-Semitism before it starts – to educate, to explain, and to empower. The mission of this Task Force will be to collaborate with law enforcement, federal agencies, state and local government, educators, advocates, clergy, and other stakeholders to combat anti-Semitism by educating and empowering our communities.”
Rosen is the third female Jewish senator in U.S. history and is a former synagogue president. She is an advocate for combating anti-Semitism globally.