With Pittsburgh Tragedy Still Fresh, ADL National Consumer Tech Group to Hold Awards Dinner
As the ADL National Consumer Tech Industry prepares for its annual Awards Tribute and Industry Dinner event on November 10 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City, they do so in the wake of what’s been called the most deadly attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. As you’ve no doubt heard, 11 innocent individuals were senselessly gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, PA last weekend.
At a time when our country and society seems to be at its most fractured, it’s the calming words and heads-down commitment to service from an organization like that Anti-Defamation League that truly resonates and seems to provide the most healing.
“It is simply unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning, and unthinkable that it would happen in the United States of America in this day and age,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement shortly after news of the shooting broke. “Unfortunately, this violence occurs at time when ADL has reported a historic increase in both anti-Semitic incidents and anti-Semitic online harassment. As we mourn those lost and search for answers, ADL will remain steadfast in its mission to fight anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it may occur.”
According to the ADL’s own research, 2017 saw the largest single-year increase on record of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. at 57 percent over the previous year. Additionally, ADL said, 2017 saw the second-highest number of reported incidents (1,986) since they started tracking such data in 1979. That sharp increase, the organization said, was due in part to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.
“The events in Pittsburgh were extremely tragic and devastating to the Jewish community, and our nation as a whole. As hate continues to be on the rise in our nation, ADL’s mission to educate people on open-mindedness, and respect could not be more important,” Fred Towns, President of New Age Electronics and the Industry Chair of ADL’s National Consumer Tech group, said in a statement to Dealerscope. “Being a melting pot has defined our nation and made our country strong. Every culture is unique, and that has contributed to what makes our country so special. As these events become more common, we simply cannot accept them or segregate ourselves.”
The answer, Towns said, is to continue to educate people—especially youth—to have an open mind and to be thoughtful of their actions.
“One of ADL’s biggest missions is to stop these tragedies, and this is one of the reasons I am involved in ADL’s National Consumer Technology Industry board,” he said. “I serve as the dinner chair, to educate and help make our country a better place. We send our deepest sympathies to all of those who are impacted. We hope that everyone learns from this, and in the future, that we can prevent these senseless acts of hate from happening.”
For more information on the ADL and their efforts as an organization, check out the national organization’s website.