Federation in the news: Daily Hampshire Gazette 8/27/23

Around the Hamptons: Easthampton councilor makes case for resolution against antisemitism; Opioid Awareness Day events; auditions for play

EASTHAMPTON — In the face of ongoing antisemitic incidents and as upcoming Jewish holidays approach, At-Large City Councilor Owen Zaret is continuing to call on officials, faith leaders and community members to support his resolution against antisemitism.

On Aug. 14, Police Chief Robert Aliberti forwarded a community alert on antisemitism to Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and City Council President Homar Gomez. 

The alert, issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Center on Extremism, said that a small antisemitic online group has been organizing across the country since July 21.

According to the alert, the group has primarily targeted synagogues with live video streaming of their services, where trolls have called in bomb threats and reported false crime to evoke an aggressive emergency response.