WASHINGTON DC — Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Task Force to Combat Antisemitism, spoke to the Young Leadership Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America, a meeting of 250 Jewish leaders from 49 communities. across the country to discuss efforts to combat anti-Semitism, protect Jewish institutions, and support thriving Jewish communities across North America.
“Today I was proud to address the next generation of Jewish leaders, those who will bring about positive change that will benefit the Jewish community,” said Senator Rosen. “As a Senator and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Task Force to Combat Antisemitism, I have worked to combat antisemitism and forge bonds between the Jewish community and our allies. We must unite in condemning this rise in antisemitic violence and hatred, we must stand in solidarity with those affected by antisemitism, and we must take further steps to prevent it.
CONTEXT: Senator Rosen holds the distinction of being the third Jewish female senator in United States history, as well as the first former synagogue president to serve in the United States Senate. As such, Senator Rosen has been a strong advocate for the fight against anti-Semitism in the United States, the Middle East, Europe and around the world.
Last month, Senators Rosen and James Lankford (R-OK) led a group of 56 senators – representing more than half of the Senate – to revive the Senate Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Anti-Semitism. Senators Rosen and Lankford co-founded the task force in 2019.
In Junee, Senator Rosen, joined by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), launched the Senate Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations. The bipartisan caucus, the first collaboration of its kind in the United States Senate, will bring together elected leaders from the Black and Jewish communities, and from both sides of the aisle, to strengthen relations among Black Jews, build mutual understanding and fight against anti-Semitism and racism.
In May 2021, Senators Rosen and Lankford presented a bipartisan resolution condemning recent anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and around the world. The senators’ resolution also calls on leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism and take specific steps to combat and prevent it. The resolution is now co-sponsored by 68 senators – evenly split by party – representing more than two-thirds of the US Senate. On June 14, 2021, the resolution passed the Senate unanimously.
In January, the Special envoy to monitor and combat the Anti-Semitism Act 2019, bipartisan, and bicameral Rosen helped introduce to strengthen the State Department’s role in combating and monitoring antisemitism around the world by elevating the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism to the rank of ambassador, has been signed into law.
In May 2020, the Education Act Never Again has been enacted. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Rosen, established a dedicated federal fund through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide teachers with the resources and training necessary to teach our students the important lessons of the Holocaust.