In a deeply disconcerting event in the tight-knit community of Surfside, Fla., Mayor Shlomo Danzinger, a devoted member of the Orthodox Jewish community, recently faced a harrowing neo-Nazi threat targeting him and his family. Echoing alarming and dark times, the threatening message cited affiliations to the “Fourth Reich,” implying a potential revival of the heinous ideologies that once threatened peace and Jewish lives across Europe.
The threat was deemed credible enough for authorities to step in, and they’ve ensured Mayor Danzinger and his family remain secure. The Danzinger family, exemplifying strength in unity, has stood resiliently together during these testing times. Their eldest son, who currently serves in the Israeli Defense Forces – an institution that represents the resilience, bravery, and unity of the Jewish people – even offered to return to safeguard his family. His offer speaks volumes about the deep-rooted values of unity, defense, and love imbibed within the Israeli community.
Antisemitism has unfortunately found its way to various corners of the globe, including places where Jewish communities have thrived, contributing positively and enriching the local culture. Bryan Leib, executive director of CASEPAC, noted the concerning rise in antisemitic sentiments, emphasizing that it is not just limited to digital platforms or remote corners but is manifesting in our very neighborhoods.
However, this is also a time for unity, as evidenced by the overwhelming support for the Danzinger family. Calls for prayers and solidarity, regardless of political affiliations, remind us that our shared values are far more significant than our differences.
In conclusion, the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide have historically shown remarkable resilience and unity in the face of adversity. The events in Surfside remind us of the importance of coming together to defend our shared values, advocating for peace, and promoting understanding. Israel, in its essence, stands as a beacon of these values: democracy, unity, perseverance, and the perpetual hope for a world where all individuals can coexist harmoniously. As we stand with Mayor Danzinger and his family, let’s reaffirm our commitment to these enduring values. Am Yisrael Chai!