Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
Since 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has been working to build a strong Jewish community that enriches people’s lives, helps those in need, and embraces all Jewish families. With member support, our recipient organizations in Orange County help thousands of people here at home and through the Jewish Federations of North America, aid Jewish communities at risk in Israel and around the world.
Our office hours are Monday - Thursday, 9AM to 5PM
Reach us at 845-562-7860
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUZANNE LEON
Dear Community Members,
We need your participation now more than ever to stand up to antisemitism, intolerance and bigotry in Orange County.
The deadline for Victim Impact Statements is approaching and we want your individual voices to be heard. Please email your statement to Suzanne Leon, Executive Director, Suzanne@jewishorangeny.org at the Jewish Federation on or before April 29th.
Also, we encourage everyone to join us for the sentencing on Monday, May 14th at 9:00am at the Orange County Courthouse, 285 Main Street, Goshen, NY. Court begins at 9:30am.
Background information below, previously emailed on April 10th.
On May 14, 2018, Eric Carbonaro, the young man who was convicted of perpetrating the desecration of Temple Beth Shalom's cemetery will be sentenced in Orange County court. At this time, we are reaching out to you, members of our greater Orange County Jewish community to let you know that the judge will be accepting victim impact statements prior to sentencing.
This hate crime was perpetrated with the intent to intimidate and target members of our Jewish Community. These same instincts also encourage other destructive and cruel expressions of bigotry and hate. In addition, many who live among us are survivors of the Holocaust or second and third generation survivors. For them, these symbols evoke family memories of the most overwhelming trauma in modern Jewish history. An enduring lesson of the Holocaust is that anti-Semitism is symptomatic of societal malaise. A zero tolerance policy is important, not only for the Jewish Community, but for all of us. Your letter may include anything you feel is relevant, from the emotional impact the crime may have had on your and your family members, to your recommendations on sentencing.
We encourage you to compose a letter to Judge Craig Brown, Orange County Court and forward it to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County ASAP. You may mail it to the Federation office at 292 North Street, Newburgh, NY 12550, or e-mail it to Suzanne@jewishorangeny.org. Federation will collect all letters and deliver them to Judge Brown's office. Please put victims impact statement in the subject line of your letter. All letters must be received by April 29th.
In addition, we encourage members of the Jewish Community to attend the sentencing on May 14th. We will keep the community apprised of time and location as soon as it is available to us. A large turnout will send a powerful message to those who traffic in the scourge of anti-Semitism that we will not tolerate such behavior. Fighting antisemitism in all forms and securing our Jewish Community remains a top priority. Please feel free to contact us at 562-7860 with any questions.
Buses leaving from Middletown, Monroe and Newburgh.
$18 for adults, children 13 and under are free.
Includes round trip transportation and t-shirt.
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