The New Jersey Psychological Association condemns, in the strongest terms, the growing open expression of anti-Semitism in the United States and the resulting violent attacks that have been directed against members of the Jewish Community.  New Jersey is the home to over a half million people of Jewish background, 6.1% of our population.  Most recently, on our home ground in Jersey City in December, we witnessed the murders of three individuals who were going about their daily routines in a kosher grocery.  In the same period, there were violent assaults against Chanukah partygoers in nearby Monsey, New York and against Jewish people on the street in Brooklyn. We strongly condemn all acts of discrimination and threat directed at any individuals or communities, acts that inevitably create terror and trauma among entire groups.  Our nation continues to face a frightening increased incidence of the expression of hatred in its various forms, including religious intolerance, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia.  Our deepest condolences go out to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the face of these egregious and violent episodes at our doors, as we recognize that we must all stand together against all forms of hateful ideologies that drive wedges among people.  As a psychological association, we have taken as our theme this year to create and maintain “compassionate communities” where everyone feels welcome and safe.   In keeping with our mission “to promote health and human welfare in an atmosphere that supports the diversity of its members and the society at large”, we must say no to hate and actively resist it wherever it grows.

Approved by the NJPA Executive Board 2/25/20