Sandy Springs, GA — This morning, Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) joined Rabbi Sernovitz and interfaith and community leaders at Temple Kol Emeth for a press conference to condemn recent anti-Semitic vandalism and to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.

“Our entire community remains disturbed and disheartened after seeing hateful and anti-Semitic symbolism spray-painted on neighborhood fences, in places where every family should feel safe, welcomed, and loved. Those who intend to fan the flames of fear and division believe they can use these cruel images to intimidate and discourage us. But I know this: the people of our community will not let bigotry suppress their spirit,” said McBath. “That’s why I am so grateful to leaders throughout our community who are standing tall in the face of violence and hatred. Together, we will continue to build a stronger, more inclusive community, and send a strong message to those who spread hate: there is no room for prejudice in our neighborhoods.”

McBath shared photos from the event online and her remarks can be viewed here.

Also in attendance were Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox, Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes, Anti-Defamation League Southern Division Vice President Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, and Consul General of Israel to the Southeast, Anat Sultan-Dadon. During the event, leaders spoke out against bigotry and recent vandalism in the area, including swastikas painted on private and county property in East Cobb. Members of the community heard updates from local law enforcement about what’s being done to keep Cobb County safe and welcoming for all people. Dr. Padilla-Goodman from the Anti-Defamation League spoke about a new initiative encouraging people to educate themselves about inherent and explicit biases while learning to stand up and speak out on behalf of their communities.