Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff — alongside United States Ambassador-at-Giant for Worldwide Non secular Freedom Rashad Hussain — met with Jewish leaders on Cornell’s campus on Thursday, Nov. 9. Eight college students from the Heart for Jewish Residing, the Roitman Chabad Heart at Cornell, Cornellians for Israel, Cornell Hillel and Shevach had been invited to attend.
A major day in Jewish historical past, Nov. 9, 2023, marks the eighty fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht — or “the night time of the damaged glass” — wherein Germans unleashed waves of violent assaults on Jewish communities.
“[Kristallnacht] was an indication that the federal government didn’t help the Jewish neighborhood and was truly actively towards the Jewish neighborhood,” Cornell CJL co-president Jeremy Zarges ’25 stated. “Having this occasion in the present day confirmed us and seeing that our authorities is behind Jewish folks and so they’re right here to help us and really having [Emhoff] come right here was very nice.”
Molly Goldstein ’24, Cornell CJL co-president, famous Emhoff has been touring to talk with college students internationally to exhibit his help. Earlier than touring to Ithaca, Emhoff visited London to satisfy with Jewish college students.
“He’s a Jew himself and he’s made it a part of his mission to fight anti-semitism and use his platform to [address] these points,” Goldstein stated.
College students similar to Goldstein stated they’ve felt immense help from native and state governments and are honored to have shook palms with the second gentleman. His go to comes a bit over every week after antisemitic threats had been posted on a web-based Cornell discussion board which threatened direct hurt onto Jewish college students and a mass taking pictures on the CJL. The day after the threats had been posted, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) visited the CJL.
“Though there’s anti-semitism and Jew hatred that’s arising throughout the nation, we’re supported and we’ve the suitable to exist and the federal government is simply displaying us that we’re allowed to be right here and be educated, identical to every other individual can,” Goldstein stated.
Along with help, Emhoff and Hussain additionally requested for particular methods to help Jewish college students at Cornell and throughout the nation. The scholars emphasised two factors: incorporating anti-semitism coaching and rising security for college students.
“In freshman 12 months we needed to do plenty of DEI coaching, so possibly we may incorporate extra anti-semitism coaching and schooling on anti-semitism into that,” Zarges stated.
However above all else, Zarges emphasised the significance of safety throughout these instances.
“Jewish college students, identical to every other group, ought to by no means really feel that they’re not secure to stroll round campus, or that they don’t really feel like they are often as a lot of a scholar or as a lot of an individual on campus,” Zarges stated. “We have to get again to a spot the place all college students really feel completely secure — that’s the principle aim right here.”
CJL is internet hosting a cookie bake drive to indicate its help for Jewish communities at different universities. Goldstein stated CJL school will make private deliveries to different campuses.
“I want I may say that this was a one-off occasion,” Goldstein stated. “Sadly, that’s not our actuality. I really feel for the opposite college students on different campuses. … I hope they’re getting as a lot help and we are able to help them as a lot as we are able to.”