WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, addressed the Jewish Federations of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet, a meeting of 250 Jewish leaders from 49 communities around the country to discuss efforts to combat antisemitism, safeguard Jewish institutions, and sustain flourishing Jewish communities across North America.
“Today, I was proud to address the next generation of Jewish leaders, those who will make positive changes that benefit the Jewish community,” said Senator Rosen. “As a Senator and co-founder of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, I have worked to fight back against antisemitism and to forge bonds between the Jewish community and our allies. We must band together to condemn this rise in antisemitic violence and hate, we must stand in solidarity with those impacted by antisemitism, and we must take further action to prevent it.”
BACKGROUND: Senator Rosen holds the distinction of being the third female Jewish Senator in U.S. history, as well as the first former synagogue president to serve in the United States Senate. As such, Senator Rosen has been an outspoken advocate of combating 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 over half the Senate – in re-launching the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. Senators Rosen and Lankford co-founded the Task Force in 2019.
In June, 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-of-its-kind collaboration in the United States Senate, will bring together elected leaders from the Black and Jewish communities, and both sides of the aisle, to strengthen Black-Jewish relations, bolster mutual understanding, and work to combat antisemitism and racism.
In May of 2021, Senators Rosen and Lankford introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning recent antisemitic incidents in the United States and around the world. The Senators’ resolution also calls on leaders to denounce antisemitism and take specific steps to address and prevent it. The resolution is now co-sponsored by 68 Senators – evenly divided by party – representing more than two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. On June 14, 2021, the resolution passed the Senate unanimously.
In January, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2019, bipartisan and bicameral legislation Rosen helped introduce to enhance the State Department’s role in combating and monitoring anti-Semitism around the world by elevating the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to the rank of Ambassador, was signed into law.
In May of 2020, the Never Again Education Act was signed into law. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Rosen, established a dedicated federal fund through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to teach our students the important lessons of the Holocaust.